From the Bay to Lake Wobegon
Concert for the Chesapeake Bay artist is new host
of A Prairie Home Companion

Musician Chris Thile, seen this spring on MPT's Concert for the Chesapeake Bay, has been announced as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, the very popular and long-running radio variety show. Thile is the lead singer and mandolin player of Punch Brothers, a bluegrass quintet that appeared on the Bay concert which aired during MPT's Chesapeake Bay Week.

A Prairie Home Companion is set in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon in Minnesota, where it is said "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." The program showcases traditional and folk musical acts, along with humorous vignettes presented in the old-school radio serial style. Thile is to replace Garrison Keillor, the veteran current host of A Prairie Home Companion, who has decided to retire from the show.

Watch a sample of Thile's concert performance:

Chesapeake Bay Week® (held every April) offers programming that spotlights the history, heritage and splendor of the Chesapeake Bay. Stories of past and present offer a lively, local and insightful look at this mighty yet fragile source of wonder–and help put the future of the Bay in perspective. The week culminates with a concert which also encourages viewers to commit volunteer hours to support Bay preservation.

» Visit the annual Chesapeake Bay Week® website.