"We’ve learned over our long career that the true test of a song
is the commitment we can give it night after night on stage.
The songs of Back 40 are now in the starting lineup for our concerts
and will be for some time to come." — Robin & Linda Williams

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Robin & Linda Williams

Back 40 is a milestone release by two of A Prairie Home Companion's most regular guests. With a rich career spanning four decades, Virginia-based duo Robin and 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 term was turned into a radio format. With the release of Back 40, the Williams celebrate their musical legacy with an album that features fresh treatments of their early classics (many from albums long out of print) and favorites by other writers, as well as a brand-new song, "The Old Familiar House on Christmas Day."

Click here to stream individual tracks from Back 40 and learn more about the album.

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Visions of Love
by Robin & Linda Williams

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Buena Vista
by Robin & Linda Williams

$16.95
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Stonewall Country
by Robin & Linda Williams

$15.00

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Garrison Keillor &
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$16.95

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Good News
by Robin & Linda Williams

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These Old Dark Hills
by Robin & Linda Williams

$35.00

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A Prairie Home Companion: Duets

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A Prairie Home Companion LIVE DVD

$19.95
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The Hopeful Gospel Quartet LIVE

$16.95
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A Prairie Home Companion: Tourists

$14.95

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A Prairie Home Collection
(3 DVDs)

$39.95

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A Prairie Home Companion: 3rd Annual Farewell Performance

$19.95
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Robin and Linda have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion since 1975. They are two of the most regular guest performers and are part of the fabric of the musical legacy of the show. Radio Songs pulls together some of the best moments from their appearances on the show through the years. Like Back 40, it presents a wonderful mix of music that crosses many genres, including bluegrass, folk, Americana and country. It’s always a pleasure hearing new music by this fantastic duo or seeing them play their hearts out at every concert. Listening to Radio Songs, you will hear that love of music come through on every song.

Linda has a perfect country voice that will rip your heart out as exemplified by this ballad, "50,000 Names." (Click here to download "50,000 Names")

My all-time favorite performance by them from the show is not included on Radio Songs but prompted Garrison’s comment that “nothing makes you feel better than a really sad song.” Here is a song written in 1990 by Matraca Berg called "Lying to the Moon" and if you ever have the chance to hear Linda perform this in person, it’s truly beautiful and gut wrenching. It’s songs and performances like this that make me think about the great musical legacy of A Prairie Home Companion and all the performers I probably never would have heard of or discovered. (To download "Lying to the Moon" as performed by Linda Williams on the March 27, 1999 episode of A Prairie Home Companion, click here)

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David Edin
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