This week, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. With special guests, Texas Renaissance man Joe Ely, 21st Century troubadours Johnnyswim, and vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Joe Ely

    Joe Ely left West Texas as a teenager and "followed Woody Guthrie west and the blues guys down south; was on the West Coast during all the big hippie days." After living in Europe for a while, he returned to Texas. This 1989 Lubbock West Texas Walk of Fame inductee was recently named Texas State Musician for 2016. His many recordings include 2015's Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em Records). Multi-instrumentalist Robbie Gjersoe joins Joe Ely for this performance.
  • Johnnyswim

    Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano were each pursuing separate music careers when they met some years ago in Nashville. One thing led to another and soon the two were writing songs and singing together. Now husband and wife, they call their duo Johnnyswim - the name comes from a scene in the movie Jawswhere a guy named Johnny is trying to escape the shark as his friend yells from the dock, "Swim Johnny, swim!" Johnnyswim's latest EP is titled Home, Vol. 1.