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Sara Watkins to Join Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" Radio Romance Tour

Sara Watkins: Radio Romance Tour w/ Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion

Sara Watkins will join Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion on another cross-country US tour this summer for the Radio Romance Tour. Watkins will join the popular radio host and his pals on the Northeast leg of their tour, starting with a July 27 concert in Bangor, Maine, followed by shows in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and upstate New York, and closing with three shows in Michigan. See below for all of Watkins' currently scheduled dates; for ticket links, visit

The Radio Romance Tour includes two hours of duet singing as well as comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.

Sara Watkins joined Keillor and crew on their inaugural Summer Love Tour in 2010 and again for its second run in 2011. She has been one of the most frequent guest artists on the Prairie Home Companion radio show on American Public Media. Not only that, but Garrison Keillor offered Watkins the unprecedented opportunity to host an entire show, the first time he’d entrusted another artist with his job. As Keillor put it, “For once in my life, I want to stand in the back of the hall and watch for a few minutes. And Sara is a smart and funny and hugely gifted young woman.”

Watkins recently concluded a month-long headline tour of the United States and kicks off the West Coast leg in May. She joins Jackson Browne as the special guest on his US acoustic tour this summer. She and her brother Sean lead the latest edition of the Watkins Family Hour at the Largo in Los Angeles this Thursday, April 11.

Sun Midnight Sun, Sara Watkins' latest album, was release last year on Nonesuch Records. To pick up a copy, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. Watkins recently performed the album track "You and Me" for CMT Edge; you can watch that performance here: 


Apr 11 Largo at the Coronet (Watkins Family Hour) Los Angeles, CA
May 5 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
May 7 The Griffin San Diego, CA
May 9 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
May 10 McCabe's Guitar Shop Santa Monica, CA
May 11 The Center for the Arts Grass Valley, CA
May 12 Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA
May 14 Rogue Theatre Grants Pass, OR
May 15 Majestic Theatre Corvallis, OR
May 16 Tower Theatre Bend, OR
May 17 McIntyre Hall Mount Vernon, WA
May 18 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
May 23 Largo at the Coronet (Watkins Family Hour) Los Angeles, CA

Special Guest of Jackson Browne:

Jun 19 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 21 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Aspen, CO
Jun 23 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
Jun 25 Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Des Moines, ID
Jun 26 Ravinia Pavilion Highland Park, IL
Jun 28 Palace Theatre Columbus, OH
Jun 29 Seneca Niagara Casino Niagara Falls, NY
Jul 1 American Musical Theatre Lancaster, PA
Jul 2 State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ
Jul 4 Tanglewood Lenox, MA
Jul 5&6 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 10 Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, MG

Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour:

Jul 27 Bangor Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, ME
Jul 28 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
Jul 29 American Musical Theatre Lancaster, PA
Jul 31 Venue TBA Shelburne, VT
Aug 1 CMAC Canandaigua, NY
Aug 2 Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, NY
Aug 3 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA
Aug 4 Venue TBA East Lansing, MI
Aug 5 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 6 Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen, MI


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