with Robin and Linda Williams;
Hopeful Gospel Quartet
Garrison Keillor, author of Lake Woebegon Days and the creator of A Prairie Home Companion brings his gentle wit and Midwestern sense of humor back to the stage with 2 shows: Garrison Keillor with Robin and Linda Williams, and Garrison Keillor and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet. As longtime fans have come to expect, Mr Keillor intersperses Gospel songs with humorous stories about his roots in the Midwest in both shows with performances from The Williamses and other guest artists.
Representation and Touring Formats
Representation: Exclusive – North America
Touring Formats: Trio to Quintet
Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams
Garrison Keillor, author of Lake Woebegon Days and the creator of A Prairie Home Companion brings his gentle wit and Midwestern sense of humor back to the stage. Mr. Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams trio sing their favorites, gospel or doo-wop or heart songs. As longtime fans have come to expect, Mr. Keillor intersperses sonnets and limericks and humorous stories about his roots in the Midwest with special performances by Robin and Linda Williams.
Garrison Keillor and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet
Born backstage at Prairie Home Companion after discovering a love for good-sounding a cappella gospel in a stairwell, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet features the quintessentially American Garrison Keillor alongside husband-wife duo Robin and Linda Williams and other guests singing classic gospel and blues as featured over the years from his many shows and recordings. As longtime fans have come to expect, Mr. Keillor intersperses sonnets and limericks, and tells humorous stories about his roots in the Midwest.
Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and from July 6, 1974 through July 1, 2016, he created and hosted his popular variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, for some 3.5 million listeners on 700 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond. Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and The Keillor Reader (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. He has two grandsons and in 2007, he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul, the city where he and his wife and daughter make their home.
For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today some might call it “Americana”, but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that label was turned into a radioformat. As live performers they are second to none. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. As The Washington Post put it, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.” The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.
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