More Than the Measure
This week: our first Spring Break rebroadcast, originally from March 2011 at the Carnegie Hall of the South, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Our friend Emmylou Harris sings the classic "Old Five and Dimers" and appears in The Lives of the Cowboys along with Sara Watkins, who also turns in "The Price" and joins Garrison for a few duets. Plus: harmonious duo The Civil Wars sing "From This Valley," Music City all-stars Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan team up for "Diamond Joe"; and an update on the arrival of spring in Lake Wobegon.
Alive and Well
This week: we're on the western shore of Lake Michigan for a live broadcast from the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's the only live show we're doing in March - the month that God created to show people who don't drink what a hangover is like - so we can store up energy for 14 consecutive road shows starting on April 2nd. Songwriter, singer, and guitarist Willy Porter and duet partner Carmen Nickerson sing songs of trouble and love; Christine DiGiallonardo adds her Brooklyn je ne sais quoi to scripts and songs; and harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy will bend notes and minds simultaneously. Plus: past presidents, present presidential aspirants, and a colony of characters from the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; music director and pianist Rich Dworsky commands the house band of drummer Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold on guitar, and we'll get a rare insight into what bassist Larry Kohut thinks about as he plays. There's also an update on the News from Lake Wobegon, as February fades and March marches in. Warm up the Philco, ease in the ear buds, or crank it up while riding with the top down this Saturday at 5pm Central and we'll see you on the airwaves.
Take a Giant Step
This week: pretty good friends from all over the place join us for the final live broadcast of our winter run at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Blues and rhythm master Taj Mahal returns to the Fitz to fill the air with his rare and joyful sound; add the unparalleled duet of Robin and Linda Williams; four-, eight-, and six-string wrangling by Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw; and a few soon-to-be classics from tenor Vern Sutton. Presidential candidates, celebrities, blasts and bangs, kitty cats, and condors from our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; rock'n'roll backbeats, country two-steps, and perfect playoffs from the best band in radio - music director and pianist Rich Dworsky (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and an update on all the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Odds makers say we won't squeeze all this into two hours, but we say, "Ha!" Tune into your favorite public radio station or watch live (Saturday, 5pm Central) at prairiehome.org to find out!
This week: a balmy winter broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Still buzzing from their recent Grammy nomination, The Revelers voyage upriver bearing the gifts of Mardi Gras and turn our faces toward the sun; the world-traveling rhythm masters Buckets and Tap Shoes present their eponymous routine created with anything they can get their feet on; and Lynn Peterson joins us for graceful duets in languages you may or may not understand. Plus: The Royal Academy of Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman - will take your mind's eye on a wild ride; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky and the Exchange Street regulars (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold) will cover all the bases; and the host is gathering news in Lake Wobegon, where winter thunderstorms have everyone wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. Tune in on your local public radio station or watch live (Saturday, 5pm CT) at prairiehome.org!
When the Winter Comes
This week: The Old Scout is back at the mic for a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater on Exchange Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We'll have high-octane bluegrass from Della Mae, up from Nashville by way of Boston; crisp country sounds from local heroes The Cactus Blossoms; and a few duets with the host from Heather Masse and Christine DiGiallonardo. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman - will be on hand for scripts and scenes about winter life in Minnesota; music director and pianist Rich Dworsky conducts our rock'n'roll radio orchestra (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar); and we'll have an update on two weeks' worth of happenings and News from Lake Wobegon. Join us over the airwaves or watch live (Saturday, 5pm Central) at prairiehome.org!
What We Make of It
This week: Chris Thile returns to host his second live broadcast this season from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, where we're still digging out from a recent blizzard. It's another jam-packed show, with one of the world's most respected musicians, Paul Simon; composer, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler Andrew Bird; comedy from Duluth's own Maria Bamford; and a few of Chris's Punch Brothers compadres, with Sarah Jarosz pinch-hitting on banjo (and more), and Ted Poor on drums. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; and our music director at the piano and Hammond B3, Richard Dworsky. Tune in for all that and so much more on your local public radio station Saturday evening, or watch live (Saturday, 5pm - 7pm CT) at prairiehome.org!
Here We Go
This week: our guest host Chris Thile is braving the cold wind and snow of Saint Paul for his first of two turns at the helm from our home base, the Fitzgerald Theater. It's a show chock full of writing talent, from pop songsmith and pianist Ben Folds, folk-rock troubadour Brandi Carlile, to comedian and actor Ed Helms. Plus: Sarah Jarosz sings a little bluegrass and plays her impressive array of stringed instruments, the host and his fellow Punch Brothers provide string quintet fireworks equally at home in Rosine (Kentucky) and Paris (France); and, holding things all together, our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and our music director at the big Steinway, Richard Dworsky. Catch us on your local public radio station or watch all the action live (Saturday, 5pm - 7pm CT) online at prairiehome.org!
Semper Vigilans - With Garrison Keillor and Chris Thile
This week: it's the guilty pleasure of California in January and a live broadcast from the San Diego Civic Theatre in America's Finest City. Chis Thile returns to his SoCal stomping grounds to split hosting duties with good old What's-His-Name, and get a feel for the wheel for when he becomes Companion Numero Uno. We also welcome back Gillian Welch and her timeless take on the American experience, and Heather Masse joins us from New York - narrowly escaping the big weekend storm. Plus: The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman've got your favorite characters and impressions right here; and pianist and music director Rich Dworsky delivers his sunny stylings with the crackerjack band of drummer Bernie Dresel, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar. It's winter in California (and winter in Lake Wobegon) and we're here on business to deliver two full hours of quality entertainment on your public radio station this Saturday evening. Tune in.
Oro en Paz
This week: We flee the biting winds of the northern plains for the sunshine of the Golden State and our first live broadcast of 2016, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California. A splendid opera house indeed, but even more so when soprano Ellie Dehn fills the air with song and elegance. Making their debut on our show is the acoustic sister trio Joseph and their majestic sibling harmony. And fave Heather Masse crosses the country to perform duets with the host and add a "Nor'east" presence to a script or two. Rounding out the roster is our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman with their cache of characters and sound effects; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky leads the band of Richard Kriehn (mandolin and fiddle), Chris Siebold (guitar, both lead and rhythm), Bernie Dresel (drums), and Larry Kohut (bass). The host has the latest News from Lake Wobegon, where it's finally cold enough to drive your car onto the lake for ice fishing, schnapps, and solace. Slide your tuner to the public radio end of the dial and we'll see you on Saturday evening!
The Door to the Year
This week: one more mid-winter repeat before we return to live broadcasts, featuring two January shows from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota and a few visits from Our Man in Nashville, Brad Paisley. The first Fitz broadcast, from 2012, finds Mr. Paisley singing "This is Country Music" and answering Guy Noir's ad for a new roommate; and men's vocal ensemble Cantus performing "There's a Meetin' Here" and delivering a message from Irish Breeze Mouthwash. The second, an edition from just last year, includes the host singing "The Ballad of Peanut Butter" with Richard Kriehn and Chris Siebold and the "Barcarolle" from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. Plus: a word about the geology of Nashville from 2014. In Lake Wobegon, Senator K. Thorvaldson finally heads south for the winter.