Live from Here With Chris Thile
Sat, Apr 27 4:45 pm
Live from Here, formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile, is an American variety radio show known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and relaxed humor. Hosted by Chris Thile, it airs on Saturday evenings and is usually recorded in front of a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, although the show frequently goes on tour to New York City and other U.S. cities. The show is derived from the historic A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (APHC) radio show. The original host, Garrison Keillor, performed his final show in July 2016, and Thile's program began on October 15, 2016. Thile, an American virtuoso mandolinist and singer-songwriter, had a two-decade history with APHC and is known for his work in the folk and progressive bluegrass groups Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. After two unprecedented guest host spots in 2015, Keillor decided on his successor, featured Thile as host again in January–February 2016, and fully ceded his hosting role to Thile in the October 2016 performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, continuing as the show's Executive Producer. Thile's new program presents expanded musical and comedic elements, retaining the template of the earlier program (e.g., its most recent acting and sound effect cast, and "sponsorships" from fictitious companies), but without such features as its earlier signature "Lives of the Cowboys" series and "News from Lake Wobegon" monologue. Reviews of the new program have been uniformly positive, focusing on the remaining familiar elements and on the new music and expanded musical focus brought by the new host. On November 29, 2017, in the wake of allegations of misconduct against Keillor, American Public Media announced it would change the show's name. The new name of the show was announced as Live from Here live on December 16, 2017, broadcast of the show.