A Prairie Home Companion

A Note From Chris Thile  

Fellow Public Radio Lovers, First of all, thanks for reading this. Starting a conversation with you is one of the most exciting parts of what I’m finding to be a roundly exciting endeavor.

When “A Prairie Home Companion” first went on the air, Richard Nixon was a month away from being run out of the Oval Office. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver topped the pop charts. The Ford Pinto and the Plymouth Valiant were the best-selling cars in America, and the median price of a home in America was $37,400. It was July 1974, and Garrison Keillor and his troupe took the stage for about a dozen people in the audience in Saint Paul, Minn.

Coming to you from the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, it's our repeat broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Tune in and hear yourselves having a great time at the performance.  With special guests, musical ambassadors of Louisiana's rich Acadian past, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and the original guitar hero, James Burton. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame guitarist James Burton joins Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion" at Municipal Auditorium. James has played on countless number-one recordings and created some of the most influential guitar riffs in popular music. Elvis Costello says that James Burton is one of few the players who musicians almost always call ‘legendary.’ Pete Townsend says that James is probably the most important guitar player in American music. Read more about James Burton and the James Burton Foundation Here

We took a lot of photos at A Prairie Home Companion to share with you. Many are from our vantage point back stage, the side of the show most never get to see. We'll start with rehearsal shots followed by those we took at the show and close with photos from the after party. We have linked this gallery to our Face Book Page and would love to have you share your's with us as well. Click here to link to our Facebook Page.