Live From Here On WFUV
"Live From Here" and host Chris Thile (photo by Nate Ryan, courtesy of APM)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, "Live From Here" is looking back into its archives and also utilizing new platforms. On Sunday, May 31, "Live from Here" will be a new show featuring Thile and his "Live From Heroes" house band and guests Chicano Batman, Sarah Jarosz, Blake Mills, Aoife O'Donovan, Ryan Hamilton and Eve Ewing. In addition, brand new "Live From Here" extras with Thile can be found via the show's own Instagram page.
Thile has hosted the eclectic and adventurous “Live From Here,” which encompasses music, comedy, and interviews, since he took over the former “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2016. That show was revamped as “Live From Here” in December 2017. This year, Thile and “Live From Here” have relocated from the show’s longtime locale of St. Paul, Minnesota to one of New York’s most storied venues, The Town Hall. WFUV will broadcast the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, following John Platt’s “Sunday Supper” and preceding Paul Cavalconte’s “Cavalcade.” (The live show will continue to air on WNYC every Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.)
“The show is a natural fit for our audience,” says Rita Houston, WFUV’s Program Director. “Back in 2010, Chris and the Punch Brothers performed at Holiday Cheer for FUV and we've had a long relationship with Chris and his musician friends and colleagues. Since ‘Live From Here’ has just relocated the show to Town Hall here in NYC, from its historic home in St. Paul, the timing has never been better for this wonderful show to be a part of WFUV’s weekend programming.”
The upcoming roster of “Live From Here” guests for 2020 is to be determined, with new "Live from Home" episodes planned throughout the summer.
Mandolinist Chris Thile, a native of Oceanside, California, discovered bluegrass at a very young age, brought by his parents to watch John Moore’s band Bluegrass Etc. at a local pizza parlor. Thile eventually met siblings Sara and Sean Watkins there and the aspiring fiddler and guitarist would eventually join Thile in the band Nickel Creek, formed when the gifted mandolinist was just eight years old. Nickel Creek became a legendary band in the bluegrass genre, winning a Grammy and releasing five studio albums between 1993 and 2006 before taking a hiatus, reuniting in 2014 for their 25th anniversary with a sixth album, A Dotted Line.
A recipient of a 2012 MacArthur “genius” grant, Thile also co-founded the Punch Brothers; the quintet released their most recent album, All Ashore, in 2018. Thile has crossed into the classical world too, and collaborated with Edgar Meyer on the Grammy-winning Bass & Mandolin and The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. Thile’s own Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol 1 was released in 2013.
Thile and his family are based in Brooklyn, making the move of “Live From Here” to New York a genuine homecoming.
And stay tuned for opportunities to win tickets to see "Live From Here" at Town Hall too!
WFUV's Sunday lineup from 6am to midnight:
6am - Fordham Conversations
6:30am - Cityscape
7am - The Thistle & Shamrock
8am - A Thousand Welcomes
11am - Mass
12pm - Ceol na nGael
4pm - Woody's Children
5pm - Sunday Supper
6pm - Live From Here
8pm - Cavalcade
11pm - UKNY