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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Host Chris Thile Goes from Lifelong Fan to Host

Some Houstonians likely first encountered musician Chris Thile at area clubs like McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, where Thile and his Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers bandmates performed amid nationwide tours. These days, though, more Houstonians likely know Thile as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, heard weekends here on News 88.7. Thile, a regular […]

Chris Thile, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" performs onstage as "Houston Matters" host Craig Cohen looks on. Thile performed at an event for Houston Public Media donors on Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo: Fujio Watanabe, Houston Public Media)Some Houstonians likely first encountered musician Chris Thile at area clubs like McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, where Thile and his Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers bandmates performed amid nationwide tours.

These days, though, more Houstonians likely know Thile as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, heard weekends here on News 88.7.

Thile, a regular guest on the show, took over for longtime host Garrison Keillor, who retired last year. Thile was in Houston on Sunday (Jan. 22, 2017) to talk with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen in front of an audience of donors in the Houston Public Media TV studio. We hear some highlights of their conversation and Thile performs the Punch Brothers’ song My Oh My.

(Above: Chris Thile, host of A Prairie Home Companion performs onstage as Houston Matters host Craig Cohen looks on. Thile performed at an event for Houston Public Media donors on Jan. 22, 2017. Photo: Fujio Watanabe, Houston Public Media)

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