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First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI. In the program's nearly 30 year history it has featured artists like Johnny Cash, B.B King, Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson, Don McLean, and many more. Hosted by celebrated New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry-who weaves stories and humor throughout each episode - Tent Show Radio features performances from renowned national & regional artists, with regular appearances featuring Big Top’s own unique brand of shows that feature songs and stories performed by its acclaimed house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra.


Tent Show Radio is independently produced by Big Top Chautauqua, a non-profit performing arts organization, with a mission to present performances and events that celebrate history and the environment - along with their annual summer concert series - nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Sep 17, 2022

Relive the night the two legendary musicians came together for an unforgettable performance on this week's episode of Tent Show Radio.

Master lyricist and musician John Hiatt is revered for delivering songs filled with tales of redemption, relationships, and surrendering on his own terms. With a sound based in acoustic blues, rock, and American roots music, Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and more. 14-time Grammy award winner Jerry Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking musician known as the bandleader of The Jerry Douglas Band and acclaimed bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester. Also celebrated for his award-winning solo career, Jerry Douglas has been regarded as one of the most innovative artists in the music industry today. The acclaimed performers teamed up for their first collaborative album, 2021’s Leftover Feelings, which was recorded at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville. The album showcases Hiatt’s skills as a songwriter and Douglas’ talents as a composer and producer. 

This episode features recordings from John Hiatt & The Jerry Douglas Band’s 2021 performance on the Big Top stage as they play songs from Leftover Feelings and iconic songs from across Hiatt’s career.