Thursday, October 18, 2007

watching the radio

We have been watching Prairie Home Companion radio show on DVD. It is recorded in front of a live audience in Minnesota and sent out over the radio airways every Saturday night.

Garrison Keillor hosts the show, introduces the guests, sings, and does commercials. He is most noted for telling great stories of his fictional home town of Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

We saw a show from 1992 with singer Emmy Lou Harris with a young Vince Gill playing in her backup band. Another show featured the Everly Brothers.

The 2006 movie about the show features Keillor along with a long list of stars including Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin. Both the movie and DVDs are available for rent, great entertainment!

Read more about Prairie Home Companion here and here.

Keillor has also written several books and hosts The Writer's Almanac website.


The Calico Cat said...

I want to see that movie.

Motherkitty said...

We have the DVD of the movie and enjoyed it very much. We listen to his radio show on NPR during long drives. We even watched a documentary on Garrison on the Biography Channel. Very informative.

I love his humor and manner of speaking. You would think he's completely serious until you realize that his entire show (except for the music) is a put-on, even the commercials.

I think they put everything out on DVD now -- old TV series, radio shows, anything you could ask for. Money-making scheme or true entertainment?

colleen said...

Are those red sneakers he's wearing? I saw him in Blacksburg a while back. Not a live show. I was totally shocked at how his looks did not match what I saw in my mind. Same with Terri Gross.

We have a guitar player who lives in Floyd named Bernie Coveny who has played with Emmylou as well. He's on Doug's front page today

June said...

I love listening to PHC. Once in Nashville I got to see a Grand Ole Opry show. It was fun. My only regret that it was in the new auditorium and not the old Ryman Auditorium.