|Personnel: Garrison Keillor; Cindy Cashdollar, Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Tim Russell, Pat Donohue, Peter Ostroushko, Richard Dworsky, Tommy Keith, Philip Brunelle, Gary Raynor, Jearlyn Steele, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, Andrew Stein, Arnold Kinsella, Inga Swearingen.
|For 30 years the folksy, common charm of Garrison Keillor has been delighting National Public Radio audiences and in turn building an audience with a fervor that borders on cult-like. His radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, has been a staple of weekend programming, and this disc captures the 30th anniversary special recorded at Keillor's home base in St. Paul, MN. While for the most part it's just another recording complete with all the usual elements loyal listeners would be most familiar with, there are some choice moments of reflection on the program's longevity -- the ultimate testament to its popularity. With a guest appearance by BR5-49 and an extended version of "Lake Wobegon News," it's one of the essential souvenirs for any fan to purchase and a most enjoyable offering from a man whose genius is far too underdocumented. ~ Rob Theakston