A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion is a weekly comedy and music variety show hosted by musician and songwriter Chris Thile. Learn more about A Prairie Home Companion at prairiehome.org.

Heard by 2.6 million listeners each week, A Prairie Home Companion was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974 and broadcasts live each week from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minn. When Thile took the helm after Keillor’s retirement in 2016, Keillor commented: “(Chris) is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn’t anything he can’t do.”

About Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.

Chris’ captivation with the mandolin began when he was a toddler in Oceanside, California. At age 8, he formed Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins. The genre-bending trio would go on to sell millions of albums and garner a boatload of honors, including a Grammy and a couple of IBMA Awards. In 2007, Nickel Creek called an “indefinite hiatus,” although they reunited in 2014 and released A Dotted Line (Nonesuch Records).

Chris has collaborated with a who’s who of musicians, including Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Yo-Yo Ma. And in 2006, Chris formed Punch Brothers, with Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). The group’s recordings include Grammy-nominated The Phosphorescent Blues and a new five-track EP, The Wireless.

Chris made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996, at age 15. When he took over as host in 2016, Garrison Keillor announced: “He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn’t anything he can’t do — and he is very enthusiastic about live radio.”

Chris is married to actress Claire Coffee. The two, along with their young son, Calvin, make their home in Brooklyn, New York.

Listen to A Prairie Home Companion Sundays at 9am on KXT 91.7.