Jack and Molly Tuttle picked up second place Saturday evening in the Duet Contest hosted during last weekend’s broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, and Molly sent along these remembrances of her day in Minnesota.
I have been listening to Prairie Home Companion since I was a kid, so it was a dream come true to play on the show. I loved seeing how it all comes together. Everyone who worked on the show was so professional, but also really friendly and nice.
It was also great to meet and spend time with the people in the other duet acts. Everyone was just really excited to be there, so there was a great energy in the rehearsals and during the show.
When my dad and I got to the first rehearsal, Garrison Keillor came and informed us that we would be in a skit and had to choose a well-known guilty pleasure song to sing part of. My dad and I chose Rocky Top, one that we had never really sung together. We had no idea that we would be in a skit but this was a fun surprise!
Playing on the show was one of the most fun times that I have ever had performing. The audience was so warm and there was a great feeling on stage. I was really honored and surprised to win second place because all of the acts were so strong!
After the show Garrison invited us all to his house for a party, which was wonderful with lots of good food and people. He led a jam around the piano and asked if I would like to sing a Hazel Dickens song with him, so we sang Won’t You Come and Sing For Me.
All in all it was such an honor to be on the show and one of the best weekends of my life!