The longtime host of live radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor, is set to retire in the coming year. There was speculation as to whether or not he would be replaced or if the show would end, but have no fear, the show will continue and Keillor’s hosting duties will be taken over by non other than mandolin superstar Chris Thile.
Thile, among many accolades, is the mandolin player and a singer for the acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He has been a frequent guest on the show and has even guest-hosted twice in the past.
Keillor was quoted saying, “Chris is my man, and I’m eager to stay home and read books.”
Keillor will co-host as Thile learns the rope and will turn the show over to Thile some time in 2016. It will presumably mark a huge shift in the show’s tone, from the fatherly sensibilities of Keillor to a much younger and more musically inclined voice in Thile. One has to wonder how the show’s sketches and comedy segments will change with Thile in charge. What will become of Guy Noir, private eye?
Click below to check out Thile’s singing/mandolin playing abilities.