Coming to you this week from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn, author and public radio quizmaster Peter Sagal, and sultry Southern chanteuse Lera Lynn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, clarinetist Kim Cusack, and our good friend Butch Thompson join The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Nathan Gunn

    Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn has appeared in renowned opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Paris Opera, and the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He is also a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, his alma mater. His new recording,Once Upon a Christmas, also features actress Jane Seymour and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. At the piano: Julie Jordan Gunn.
  • Peter Sagal

    Peter Sagal's career has included stints as a playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, extra in a Michael Jackson video, travel writer, essayist, ghostwriter, and staff writer for a motorcycle magazine. But public radio listeners know him best as host of NPR's hugely popular quiz program, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! He is also the author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) (HarperCollins).
  • Lera Lynn

    When Lera Lynn was about six, it suddenly occurred to her how to sing harmony. From then on, singing became a constant pursuit. These days, this Nashville-based, Georgia-bred singer-songwriter is making her mark and amassing a following with her haunting voice and award-winning compositions. American Songwriter magazine wrote that that she can "write a damn good song ... she can also tell a damn good story." The Avenues, her latest recording, was released last month.
  • Jon-Erik Kellso

    Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso has lived and breathed music since his childhood in Detroit. At 11, he was already doing big band work. And by the time he was 17, he had played alongside famed cornetist Wild Bill Davison. Over the years, he has performed with groups such as the New McKinney's Cotton Pickers, J.C. Heard's Orchestra, James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band, and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks.
  • Butch Thompson

    Pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson is known worldwide as a master of ragtime, stride, and classic jazz. Born and raised in Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota, Butch was already playing Christmas carols on his mother's upright piano by age three, and he led his first professional jazz group as a teenager. For 12 years, he was A Prairie Home Companion's house pianist, dating back to the show's second broadcast, in July 1974. Butch's many albums include Vicksburg Blues, with guitarist Pat Donohue (Red House Records).