This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll rebroadcast a show from our run at The Fitzgerald Theater last October. John Lithgow revisits a few of his lesser-known roles in The Lives of the Cowboys, acoustic duo Storyhill perform "Blazing," and Nashville virtuoso Steve Wariner sings "Chet's Guitar." Plus, Peter Ostroushko and Butch Thompson sit in with the Shoe Band, and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott and our dear friend Mr. Tom Keith. In Lake Wobegon, Dorothy urges Chatterbox Cafe customers to try pumpkin bread pudding.
  • John Lithgow

    When he was a kid, John Lithgow wanted to become a painter - a watercolorist - but he has definitely made his mark in acting. By anyone's measure, he has carved out a stellar acting career - from television (3rd Rock from the Sun, How I Met Your Mother) to film (Terms of Endearment, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to Broadway (Requiem for a Heavyweight, M. Butterfly) and more. And in addition to his eight acclaimed children's books, Lithgow has a brand-new memoir: Drama: An Actor's Education(HarperCollins). "My first stab at a book that weighs more than three ounces," he quips.
  • Storyhill

    Calling themselves Storyhill, acoustic duo Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson are longtime musical collaborators, dating back to high school days in Bozeman, Montana. Their 2007 album - simply titled Storyhill - was named Best CD of the Year by the Indie Acoustic Project and led to their winning the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition. Their latest recording is Shade of the Trees (Red House Records).
  • Steve Wariner

    Four-time Grammy winner Steve Wariner is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist who has dozens of albums to his credit. His early career was propelled by his musical hero, Chet Atkins, about whom he says: "Try to do what he does technically. Then try to do it with his touch, tone, and feeling, and you're reminded that you can't out-Chet Chet. He was something else." The latest CD from this Music City Walk of Famer is 2013's It Ain't All Bad, (SelecTone Records).