A Prairie Home Companion's Radio Romance Tour 2013 hit the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O'Donovan, singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, comedian Fred Newman, and Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
"Red and White and Blue and Gold" — Aoife O'Donovan
An Interview with Aoife O'Donovan
From the 2011 Summer Love Tour...
"Fiddle Medley" — Sara Watkins and Richard Kriehn
"Uncle Joe" — Fred Newman and Garrison Keillor
The Powdermilk Biscuit Theme
Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. Today, some 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations tune in to the show each week. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer's Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. In 2007, he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul.
For the July 8th - July 26th tour dates:
Aoife O'Donovan, of Boston and Brooklyn, NY, is the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why and sang on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. She has collaborated with some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas. She'll step to the fore this summer with her debut solo album, Fossils, out June 11.
For the July 27th - August 6th tour dates:
Sara Watkins was a mainstay of the Grammy-Award-winning bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, an accomplished fiddler and singer/songwriter who, with her albums Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun, has established her identity as a solo artist.
The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is an all-purpose roots quintet covering blues, jugband, primitive jazz, good timey, R&B, swing, and hillbilly, with occasional ventures into classical, romantic, French cafe, music hall, surfer, spa, and Scandihoovian. The band is: Richard Dworsky (leader, keyboards), Pat Donohue (guitar), Gary Raynor (bass), Peter Johnson (percussion), and Richard Kriehn (fiddle, mandolin).
Fred Newman is a storyteller, sound-effects artist, actor, writer, musician, and author of the best-selling MouthSounds.