December 9 guests include: Bon Iver, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Rich Dworsky, Julian Lage, Mike Elizondo, Ted Poor and Alex Hargreaves will make up the show band, and duets with Aoife O’Donovan.
Tickets are on sale now for all three live Town Hall broadcasts, which will also feature The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell (man of a thousand voices), Serena Brook and sound effects wizard Fred Newman. Plus, fan favorites: the Powdermilk Instant Internet Song Request, a weekly birthday salute to musicians, and Chris will also compose and perform a unique new song for each live broadcast.
In the fall of 2016, Chris Thile took over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion. A short and successful season brought sold out shows to venues across the country, garnering critical acclaim. Minnesota Public Radio presents a full season for 2017-2018 with Chris as host. Chris’ musicianship, commentary, humor and his connection with the vital musicians of today have proven to be a winning combination. We return to Town Hall for three broadcasts in December 2017.
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.
“I grew up with the show. I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe.” – Chris Thile
"Garrison created a template that I think is immortal. It doesn’t feel like any kind of constraint. It’s like a license. I feel like I have my license to go and make some good radio. … The prospect of getting to make things for people on a weekly basis … is beyond compare. It’s what I love to do.” — Chris Thile
“Chris is my man. … He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn’t anything he can’t do — and he is very enthusiastic about live radio.” - Garrison Keillor
"The best idea I’ve had since Powdermilk Biscuits.” – Garrison Keillor on selecting Chris Thile as new host of A Prairie Home Companion
Complete show information at www.prairiehome.org .