Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday With A Prairie Home Companion

Note to self: Prairie Home Companion will be in San Francisco in January!

Spent a bit of time today listening to A Prarie Home Companion. Today's show is in New York and features Karan Casey and Sara Watkins. Now there's a pair of ladies with incredible, beautiful voices.  Have a listen.

OK, so this show is just awesome. It's funny, smart and features musical guests that you almost never hear on any other station on the radio -did you know who either Karan or Sara were before now? Though sometimes they feature known musicians - and they sound awesome.

They made a movie about it awhile back that was pretty good.  It's not a documentary, mind.

I like how A Prairie Home Companion is a stage show, but also classic, old school radio. They do all their own sound effects on stage (many of them by voice) and everything on the stage goes right onto the airwaves, so for people listening in it's totally evocative. Grabs your imagination and puts you right into the show.

They have several regular parts to the show, whether Guy Noir, the Powerdermilk Biscuit Break, Rhubarb Pie and so on.

Sometimes it's kooky. Sometimes it's weird. But it's always up to date and manages to both celebrate and make fun of whatever city the show is in.

And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and the children are above average.

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