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    Sara Watkins Begins Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor, Cast of "A Prairie Home Companion"

    Sara Watkins began the month-long Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion last night at Kresge Auditorium in Interlochen, Michigan. The tour takes Watkins and Keillor, along with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and sound-effects man Fred Newman, across the United States for summer evenings filled with tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), stories of passion and marriage, and Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Also on board are all the audience favorites from A Prairie Home Companion—Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, the News from Lake Wobegon.

    The tour heads next to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a performance at the Meijer Gardens this evening. Watkins spoke with the Grand Rapids Press about the show and her excitement at touring with Keillor and crew. "One of the things I'm looking forward to," she says of the show's host, "is getting to hear him tell stories every night." Read the interview at mlive.com.

    Just before the launch of the tour, the Prairie Home Companion website published an interview with Watkins in which she discusses her self-titled solo debut, released last year on Nonesuch. Read what Sara has to say about and hear live performances of two of the album's self-penned tracks, "Jefferson" and "My Friend," as well as Jon Brion's "Same Mistakes" and the Tom Waits tune "Pony," taken from Sara's earlier appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. It's all at prairiehome.publicradio.org.

    And mark your calendars for more music making from Watkins: she will perform on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday, September 2. The show airs on CBS stations across the country beginning at 12:35 AM ET.

    While Watkins is away on tour, her hometown of San Diego continues to celebrate her work. She has been nominated as Artist of the Year in the San Diego Music Awards, and her new album's take on Davíd Garza's "Too Much" is up for Song of the Year. You can vote for your favorite now through August 20 at sandiegomusicawards.com. The 20th annual awards ceremony will take place on September 12.

    Below are all the tour dates for the Summer Love Tour. For more information on these and the rest of Sara Watkins' upcoming shows, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SUMMER LOVE TOUR

    Aug 10 Kresge Auditorium Interlochen, MI
    Aug 11 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
    Aug 12 Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH
    Aug 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA
    Aug 14 Music Center Brevard, NC
    Aug 15 Conner Prairie Indianapolis, IN
    Aug 17 Count Basie Theater Red Bank, NJ
    Aug 18 Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT
    Aug 19 Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH
    Aug 20 AT&T Perf. Arts Center Dallas, TX
    Aug 21 Pine Mountain Amphitheater Flagstaff, AZ
    Aug 22 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug 23 Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay San Diego, CA
    Aug 25 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
    Aug 26 Britt Festival Jacksonville, OR
    Aug 27 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR
    Aug 28 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland, OR
    Aug 29 Denver Botanic Gardens Denver, CO
    Aug 31 Majestic Theater San Antonio, TX
    Sept 1 Imagine Theatre Moorhead, MN
    Sept 8 Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN
    Sept 9 Salem Civic Center Salem, VA
    Sept 10 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD
    Sept 11 Koka Booth Amphitheater Cary, NC
    Sept 12 The Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
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Sara Watkins Begins Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor, Cast of "A Prairie Home Companion"

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Sara Watkins has begun the month-long Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion. She tells the Grand Rapids Press: "One of the things I'm looking forward to is getting to hear [Garrison] tell stories every night." Watkins will also perform on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on September 2 and has been nominated as Artist of the Year in the San Diego Music Awards.

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Sara Watkins began the month-long Summer Love Tour with Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion last night at Kresge Auditorium in Interlochen, Michigan. The tour takes Watkins and Keillor, along with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and sound-effects man Fred Newman, across the United States for summer evenings filled with tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), stories of passion and marriage, and Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Also on board are all the audience favorites from A Prairie Home Companion—Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, the News from Lake Wobegon.

The tour heads next to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a performance at the Meijer Gardens this evening. Watkins spoke with the Grand Rapids Press about the show and her excitement at touring with Keillor and crew. "One of the things I'm looking forward to," she says of the show's host, "is getting to hear him tell stories every night." Read the interview at mlive.com.

Just before the launch of the tour, the Prairie Home Companion website published an interview with Watkins in which she discusses her self-titled solo debut, released last year on Nonesuch. Read what Sara has to say about and hear live performances of two of the album's self-penned tracks, "Jefferson" and "My Friend," as well as Jon Brion's "Same Mistakes" and the Tom Waits tune "Pony," taken from Sara's earlier appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. It's all at prairiehome.publicradio.org.

And mark your calendars for more music making from Watkins: she will perform on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday, September 2. The show airs on CBS stations across the country beginning at 12:35 AM ET.

While Watkins is away on tour, her hometown of San Diego continues to celebrate her work. She has been nominated as Artist of the Year in the San Diego Music Awards, and her new album's take on Davíd Garza's "Too Much" is up for Song of the Year. You can vote for your favorite now through August 20 at sandiegomusicawards.com. The 20th annual awards ceremony will take place on September 12.

Below are all the tour dates for the Summer Love Tour. For more information on these and the rest of Sara Watkins' upcoming shows, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SUMMER LOVE TOUR

Aug 10 Kresge Auditorium Interlochen, MI
Aug 11 Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 12 Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH
Aug 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA
Aug 14 Music Center Brevard, NC
Aug 15 Conner Prairie Indianapolis, IN
Aug 17 Count Basie Theater Red Bank, NJ
Aug 18 Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT
Aug 19 Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH
Aug 20 AT&T Perf. Arts Center Dallas, TX
Aug 21 Pine Mountain Amphitheater Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 22 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 23 Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay San Diego, CA
Aug 25 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Aug 26 Britt Festival Jacksonville, OR
Aug 27 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR
Aug 28 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland, OR
Aug 29 Denver Botanic Gardens Denver, CO
Aug 31 Majestic Theater San Antonio, TX
Sept 1 Imagine Theatre Moorhead, MN
Sept 8 Knoxville Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN
Sept 9 Salem Civic Center Salem, VA
Sept 10 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD
Sept 11 Koka Booth Amphitheater Cary, NC
Sept 12 The Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
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Sara Watkins: Praire Home Companion Summer Love Tour 2010

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