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Sara Watkins joining 'A Prairie Home Companion' show in Santa Barbara

May 21, 2010 |  3:14 pm

Sara Watkins-Jeremy Coward Nonesuch Records

“A Prairie Home Companion,” that bastion of Minnesota culture and whimsy from the skewed mind of host Garrison Keillor, will pick up a California accent on June 5 when the show comes to the Santa Barbara Bowl for a live broadcast.

Keillor has invited Sara Watkins, the Nickel Creek fiddler out of San Diego who released her first solo album last year, to join him as musical guest on the long-running program, now in its 36th season. The cast for the Santa Barbara show also is scheduled to include the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and sound-effects specialist Fred Newman.

"A Prairie Home Companion" airs in the Southland on KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena, KCLU-FM (88.3) in Thousand Oaks and KPBS-FM (89.5) in San Diego, as well as on Sirius XM satellite radio. Tickets for the Santa Barbara Bowl show, which will be an afternoon event starting at 2:45 p.m., are on sale at Ticketmaster.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Sara Watkins. Credit: Jeremy Coward / Nonesuch Records


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