A Prairie Home Companion
All Stations: Sat, 6-8 pm | Sun: News Stations, 12-2 pm; Classical Stations: 10 am-12 pm
- Hosted by Chris Thile
Beginning in fall of 2016, Chris Thile takes over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio favorite since 1974. Garrison Keillor, the show’s creator and host announced: “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.”
Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation. He made his first appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 1996. He was 15 and had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He’d also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo album, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile’s solo recordings include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
“I grew up with the show, says Chris. “I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe.”
Chris Thile is married to actress Claire Coffee. The two, along with their young son, Calvin, make their home in Portland, Oregon.