Even if you didn't grow up in a public radio household--listening to Click and Clack's East Coast chortle on Car Talk or Terry Gross probe guests on Fresh Air--A Prairie Home Companion feels nostalgic. Garrison Keillor's soothing, grandfatherly voice has been bringing slow-paced country charm to the airwaves since 1974, and more than 4 million listeners now hear the radio show across the United States and Europe. A Prairie Home Companion even made its big screen debut in 2006 with Robert Altman's movie of the same name, which featured Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones and Lindsay Lohan.
On Friday, Aug. 26, as a part of its 20-city Summer of Love tour, A Prairie Home Companion will hitch its wagons up at the Eagle River Pavilion. The show exploring the "everlasting theme of romantic love will be jam-packed with tender duets and ballads, poetry and stories." Though it won't be a live show taping, the performance will feature favorites like Guy Noir Private Eye, Dusty and Lefty, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, sound-effects man Fred Newman, and the news from Lake Wobegon. Singer Heather Masse, from the Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys, will be the evening's featured guest duet partner.[ Video is no longer available. ]