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Live from Here with Chris Thile is a Saturday-night destination for audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience.
Live from Here is produced and distributed nationwide by American Public Media, and is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.
Each week, acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience on his variety show, Live from Here. Bringing audiences near and far together on Saturday evenings has been a tradition in public radio since host Garrison Keillor and team launched A Prairie Home Companion in 1974.
On March 4, 1978, the show found its new home at The World Theater – a lovely, crumbling building that was one plaster crack away from the wrecking ball – that is now fully renovated and known as the Fitzgerald Theater. The show took a two-year hiatus in June of 1987, and then returned, this time in New York. But there’s no place like home. So five years later, it was back to Minnesota.
Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile took over the helm of A Prairie Home Companion in fall 2016 after a lifetime of listening. “I grew up with the show,” Chris says. “I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe.” The show, now known as Live from Here, continues the tradition of Saturday evening entertainment on public radio – in person, online, on the radio.
Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation. It started when he was a toddler in Oceanside, California. His folks took him along for weekly visits to a pizza parlor in nearby Carlsbad, where he heard John Moore’s band Bluegrass Etc., and where he would soon befriend siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, his future Nickel Creek bandmates.
The mandolin captivated the youngster. He started lessons with Moore, who wasted no time in getting the five-year-old on stage. “I was too young to be nervous.” Chris recalls. I thought, ‘Oh, this is what you get to do when you’re five.’” Before long, the Thiles were driving bluegrass festival to bluegrass festival in the family camper. Chris was a soaking up music, jamming with other players, and winning championships. By age eight, Chris had launched 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 made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996. That broadcast showcased remarkable young artists. Chris, then 15, clearly fit the bill. Since that early APHC booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur “genius” grant, has certainly made his mark — and not only in bluegrass music. His mandolin concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, had its official premiere in 2009, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a who’s who of musicians. His album Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer won a Grammy, as did The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), when he joined forces with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. And his Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 — music originally composed for violin — was released by Nonesuch Records in 2013.
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 their latest album, All Ashore, released July 20, 2018.
Beginning in fall of 2016, Chris takes over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio favorite since 1974. Garrison Keillor, the show’s creator and host 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.”
“I grew up with the show, says Chris. “I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe.” The show, now known as Live from Here, continues the tradition of Saturday evening entertainment on public radio — in person, online, on the radio.
Chris Thile is married to actress Claire Coffee. The two, along with their young son, Calvin, make their home in Brooklyn, New York.