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)
You can keep up with the latest Lake Wobegon news by following our Public Radio Market Facebook fanpage.