A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand Contest

1998 Contest

About the 1998 Finalists - Previous Winners
April 4, 1998 Archive Page

Big Talents Come from Small Places
By the February 13 deadline, A Prairie Home Companion's office contained two big appliance boxes full of entries for the 1998 Talent from Towns under Two Thousand contest. From the entries received, these six finalists were chosen to be flown to New York to perform on A Prairie Home Companion's April 4 live broadcast.

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Visit the finalists page for biographical information and photos.

Virtual Consort Winners!
Audition - Performance
Shelburne Falls, MA, pop. 1,996

Harmony 2nd Place!
Audition - Performance
Fox, AR, pop. 200

Jake Krack
Audition - Performance
Freeman, IN, pop. 20

Claire Stadmueller
Audition - Performance
Hope, RI, pop. 1,700

Tour de France
Audition - Performance
Caspar, CA, pop. 200

The Virginia Cutups
Audition - Performance
Earlysville , VA, pop. 1,000

Enjoy these additional auditions selected from the many received. Charlie Cutten Image
Carla Daruda
Melissa Dunlop
Hub & Candy Image
Gary Jensen
Mountain Aire
Larry Nigh & Muleshoe Image
Northwest Passage
Steve Owens Image
Amy Peebles Image
Nick Plakias
Qualm Image
The Raisin Pickers
Hi-Ho Ramblers
Greg Rowell Image
An Seinnteoiri
Kris Spencer Image
Spirit of Texas Image
Woods Hole Folk Orchestra

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance

In Garrison Keillor's latest book, Lake Wobegon native Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her — he's been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussie Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum...

It's a story of Wobegonians in a strange land, telling stories of kinship and self-revelation — all delivered with Keillor's trademark humor.

77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keillor

77 Love Sonnets From Garrison Keillor:
“When I was 16, Helen Fleischman assigned me to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29, ‘When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state’ for English class, and fifty years later, that poem is still in my head. Algebra got washed away, and geometry and most of biology, but those lines about the redemptive power of love in the face of shame are still here behind my eyeballs, more permanent than my own teeth. The sonnet is a durable good. These 77 of mine include sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, some street sonnets and a 12-sonnet cycle of months. If anything here offends, I beg your pardon, I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.”

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