Chris Thile and the new PHC show
So I’ve been shopping around for a new religion to see me through the next four years. Too many of my fellow Christians voted for selfishness and for degradation of the beautiful world God created. I guess they figured that by the time the planet was a smoky wasteland, they’d be nice and comfy in heaven, so wotthehell. Anyhow, I’m looking around for other options.
While Keillor is searching for a new religion, taking Garrison’s position as host of PHC is Chris Thile, and we were lucky to catch the new show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this past Saturday. While many like minded folk were marching for a myriad of rights, Chris Thile and his special guests were entertaining those of us who didn’t make the trip to downtown Los Angeles. I will admit to feeling a bit guilty about being entertained instead of voicing our protests but I did buy these tickets a long time before the march was setup. Hell, I bought them before I even knew the nation would get trumped.
I’m glad I did, though, the show was excellent from beginning to end. Chris Thile is the master of the mandolin an instrument I have rarely heard, and I’ve never heard played like Chris Thile can play it. The new PRC show is more about music, but the old time radio players are still part of the show.
Special guests were Ryan Adams, Kacey Musgraves, Justin Hurwitz, and Aoife O’Donavan. The highlight for me was the surprise appearance of Justin Hurwitz the recent winner of two Golden Globes for his scoring of La La Land. Aiofe and Thile collaborated on singing the two most well-known songs of the movie.
The other interesting part was the birthday section where Thile and the band perform selections from those who had a birthday the previous or coming week. One of the birthdays was Dolly Parton’s so they performed 9 – 5. I’m not the biggest Dolly fan but I had to laugh because we had just watched the movie 9 – 5 a few days before. A movie we had not seen since it had been in the theater’s a lifetime ago.
After the show, we had dinner across the street at El Chollo and socked down the baskets of chips with the table made guacamole. Once dinner was done we headed home just before the rains would hit. On the way home, what was on the radio? Why the Prairie Home Companion show we had just been a part of.