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Rumor Has it - Chris Thile to Become Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Chris ThileThe social media scene on the Internet has been buzzing with articles indicating that mandolinist Chris Thile will be assuming the host role on A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor has been the host since he created the program. Keillor has hinted multiple times in the past that he was considering retirement from the program. We contacted both Thile's management and A Prairie Home Companion for any confirmation but after a couple of days, we have heard nothing from either so cannot confirm this 100%.

DVD Release of The Hayloft Gang Documentary

The Hayloft Gang DVDThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and examines its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance is a one – hour documentary that tells the story of a changing America, through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs. The film’s lively soundtrack features over 70 songs, spanning from the mid 1920s to the Great Depression, through World War II. The radio show was a melting pot of Americana music; listeners could hear everything from mountain string bands and polka trios, to folk balladeers and cowboy crooners.

Wolf Trap Presents A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Wolf TrapVienna, VA -- Grammy-winning storyteller, humorist, and host Garrison Keillor is back on the road with the nation’s premier live radio show, A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). Now in its 39th season, APHC returns to the Filene Center where Keillor will lead an ensemble cast through comedy sketches and musical interludes, as well as perform his signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

'Mark Twain: Words & Music' Benefit CD Package Released

 Words & MusicHuntington Beach, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Twain might best be remembered for his writings about life on the Mississippi River, featuring his most famous character Huck Finn. When Twain died over 100 years ago, he probably never would have imagined some of the world's most renowned actors, musicians, authors and entertainers would come together to celebrate his life. That celebration resulted in a new double-CD set that is burning up the charts and is particularly unique for bringing together personalities like best-selling author and rock star Jimmy Buffett; nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow; multiple Academy Award-winning film director and star Clint Eastwood; best-selling author and radio host Garrison Keillor; and a Who's Who of Country and Bluegrass music legends including Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Joe Diffie and more.

A Prairie Home Companion Celebrates Bill Monroe

Bill MonroeMurray, KY -- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will honor the life of Bill Monroe with a special performance on Saturday, November 5th at Murray State University's CFSB Center in Murray, KY. The performance will feature an impressive lineup of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys performing Monroe's music and sharing stories of life on the road with the legendary artist. Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1939 and soon became a popular touring band out of Nashville's WSM Studios. Over the years, Monroe's elite group of Blue Grass Boys have included many successful musicians, such as Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, and Del McCoury, who would eventually move on to form their own highly successful bands.

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor Celebrates Bill Monroe with Special Blue Grass Boys Performance

Bill MonroeMurray, KY -- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will honor the life of Bill Monroe with a special performance on Saturday, November 5th at Murray State University's CFSB Center in Murray, KY. The performance will feature an impressive lineup of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys performing Monroe's music and sharing stories of life on the road with the legendary artist.

'The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance' Contest

 The Story of the National Barn DanceSan Francisco, CA -- Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance tells the story of a changing America through the lens of one of the nation's most popular country music radio shows during the 1930s and '40s: The National Barn Dance. The one-hour documentary weaves rare performance footage, home movies, and candid photographs with firsthand accounts from fans and performers. Interviews with historians, folklorists, and media experts reveal historical and cultural perspectives of this unique period in America's history. Produced and directed by Stephen Parry with supervisory producer Bob Hercules, The Hayloft Gang will premiere on PBS nationwide beginning September 1, 2011 (check local listings).

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