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This week: we're trekking back West for a live broadcast from the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. Joining us just steps from the Willamette River, Tune-Yards bring a road case full of energy and musical influences, pointed lyrics, and songs from a new record out later this month. Folksinger Willie Watson will stop by, along with a capella gospel masters The Fairfield Four, who made an appearance on Willie's latest album. Also with us: inseparable comedians The Lucas Brothers, Keith and Kenny, for tales of a few outlandish sibling adventures. Singer Madison Cunningham is back with the band (Rich Dworsky tickling the ivories, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Mike Elizondo, Brittany Haas on fiddle, and drummer Ted Poor) for Chris Thile's Song of the Week and a full slate of music. We'll have scripts -- funny ones -- from our merry band of actors, Serena Brook, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; a report from Out In America by correspondent Tom Papa; and public radio's first and only Instant Song Request line. It's two hours of live radio you won't want to miss. Tune in.
Download the Song of the Week, "January 2018, Part 2"

  • Chris Thile

    By the time Chris Thile turned 15, he had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He’d also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo recording, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellow teams up with numerous musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. His albums include Thanks for Listening (Nonesuch) 10 studio recordings originally written as Prairie Home Companion Songs of the Week. He is now in his second season hosting the show.

  • Tune-Yards

    Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner perform as Tune-Yards. Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Garbus has blazed her own musical path with influences that range from Haitian drumming and Congolese pop to puppet theater. Bassist Brenner, who studied jazz at Oberlin, is an accomplished composer, arranger, and producer. I can feel you creep into my private life, the new album from this innovative duo, was written by Garbus and produced by Brenner. It comes out this month on the 4AD label.

  • Willie Watson

    As a kid in Watkins Glen, New York, Willie Watson listened to his dad's record collection, soaking up the sounds of Lead Belly, and the artists on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. For nearly two decades, he has made modern folk music rooted in those older traditions. Since parting ways with Old Crow Medicine Show, he's released Folksinger Vol. 1 and now Folksinger Vol. II (Acony Records), which taps into Southern gospel, railroad songs, Delta blues, Irish fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, and more. The album features a guest appearance by The Fairfield Four.

  • The Fairfield Four

    The Fairfield Four continue to carry on the traditional African American a cappella gospel style for which they've been known since the group's beginnings in the basement of Nashville's Fairfield Baptist Church almost a century ago. In 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts designated them as National Heritage Fellows, recognizing their importance among our nation's master folk and traditional artists. In 1999, they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. They won their third Grammy Award for their album Still Rockin' My Soul, released in 2015. Larrice Byrd, Levert Allison, Joe Thompson, Bobbye Sherrell.

  • The Lucas Brothers

    In their third year of law school, identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas dropped out and went into stand-up comedy. While at the time some thought it an iffy move, things worked out just fine. The Lucas Brothers went on to roles in the film 22 Jump Street, their own animated series Lucas Brothers Moving Company, the truTV sketch comedy show Friends of the People, appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and more. Their 2017 Netflix special is called Lucas Brothers: On Drugs.

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