This August, a coast-to-coast concert tour takes on the everlasting theme of romantic love.
Join host Garrison Keillor, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and sound-effects man Fred Newman for tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), stories of passion and marriage, and Mr. Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” All this and favorite elements of A Prairie Home Companion — Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, the News from Lake Wobegon — during an entertaining date night for all ages.
Notes from the Road
September 13, 2010
In my opinion, they saved the best show for last. Robin and Linda Williams, our resident Virginians, were right at home here and the crowd was crazy for them. Sara Watkins and Richard Kriehn nearly brought down the house with their dueling fiddles. And for the first time this tour, Rich Dworsky sang the Ketchup Advisory Board song, "Life is flowing, like ketchup on bean curds..."
After the show, Fred Newman described the tour as the best kind of summer camp, and it was all that and more.
Our Summer Love tour came to an end, but just like summer gives way to fall, we'll be back broadcasting from St. Paul for the street dance on September 25th. See you there.
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Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, graduated from the University of Minnesota (’66), and lives in St. Paul.
Feature: Sara Watkins interview in the Bristol Observer. (PDF)
Note: Sara Watkins will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on September 2nd.
Sara Watkins’ solo debut has been a lifetime in the making.
Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV.
Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Each week, fans of A Prairie Home Companion are treated to an eclectic mix of music provided by The Guy’s All Star Shoe Band.
Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Freewayman (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat’s nine albums.
Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie Band, Sammy Davis Jr. — with whom he toured for several years — and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.
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