Garrison Keillor and his crew Prairie Home Companion graced our presence yesterday in the little metropolis of Murray, Kentucky. My husband and I took the opportunity to see the live broadcast of the NPR show. The CSFB center, our basketball arena, was packed with people and families of all ages. We were a little worried when we made it to the entrance that we wouldn’t make it in, there was a huge line of people waiting. Finally we made it through security and the next two hours were filled with delightful blue-grass-music (celebrating Kentuckian Bill Monroe’s music), skits (my favorite Guy Noir Private – Eye), along words from their infamous sponsors: Guy Shoe’s, Catup, Buttermilk biscuits and Duct tape.
Prairie Home Companion was a radio show my family frequently listened to on long car rides. Keillor’s voice is one of comfort, a soothing, lively Grandfather voice telling good wholesome tales. I especially liked how this broadcast embellished upon life in Murray. Local restaurants and ideologies were mentioned along with local lore of pickup trucks, shotguns & coon dogs. The sound effects man truly was a highlight of the evening- who knew one man could produce so many sounds?
Overall a very fun show! Below are a few links to their website and podcasts.