Chris Thile officially rebranded A Prairie Home Companion as Live From Here during the shows taping yesterday afternoon at New York’s Town Hall. The move came after the radio program cut ties with its creator and longtime host Garrison Keillor. For the show’s first Live From Here episode, Thile was joined by Jeff Tweedy, Sarah Jarosz, The Staves and yMusic, as well as his band Punch Brothers.
During his first segment, Tweedy ran through Wilco’s “Locator” and “Laminated Cat,” a song from his defunct Loose Fur project with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and Wilco producer Jim O’Rourke.
The guitarist returned to collaborate with Thile and the house band for “All Lives, You Say?” and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tune “Poor Places.”
Punch Brothers also offered up the debut of a new song “Locked In,” before backing Jarosz on “Blue Heron” and the seasonally appropriate “O Holy Night.” The entire cast returned at the end of the note for a the seasonal finale, The Pogues’ holiday classic, “Fairytale of New York.”
While in New York, Tweedy also performed at the Beacon Theatre as part of radio station WFUV’s Holiday Cheer event. In addition to a mix of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs, Tweedy also honored a request of the festive “Pecan Pie,” a 1996 original he recorded the Americana super group Golden Smog.