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GARRISON KEILLOR'S NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL premiered on December 31, 2006 on PBS (check local listings).

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION's Garrison Keillor hosts a live New Year's Eve broadcast from Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the GRAND OLE OPRY. The festive GREAT PERFORMANCES telecast will be all the merrier due to the Opry's role in providing Keillor with his original inspiration for an eclectic radio show that went on to become the favorite it is today. Together with special guests -- Emmylou Harris, Robin and Linda Williams, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Sam Bush, Buddy Emmons, Jerry Douglas, Cowboy Jack Clement, and many others -- Keillor will bid 2006 "Auld Lang Syne" along with "sound effects guy" Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and other series regulars for a New Year's countdown like no other.

The Ryman Auditorium, although synonymous with country music, has played host to a diverse range of musicians, dancers, actors, and speakers throughout its 114-year history. Garrison Keillor returns to the historic venue for this special, year-end broadcast of A PRAIRE HOME COMPANION, which last aired from the Ryman in 2004. Read an interview with the versatile host in Dialogue. For additional details about his popular radio show and several of its regular performers, check out the profiles. Browse the Bluegrass Timeline to learn about the legends of the genre, most of whom appeared on the GRAND OLE OPRY.

Visit the Web companion of Garrison Keillor's debut appearance on the series, GARRISON KEILLOR'S INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL, in July 2006.


Special funding for the program was provided by Gather.com and The Starr Foundation.



Top banner photos: Host Garrison Keillor, Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theater (photo by Cheryl Walsh Bellville), and Fred Newman (all photos courtesy of A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION).

The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (photo courtesy Ryman Auditorium)

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

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