Steep Canyon Rangers visit A Prairie Home Companion
Thursday, May 20, 2010
– The Steep Canyon Rangers will be making their second visit to A Prairie Home Companion this weekend. The show will originate from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, broadcasting live on Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern on PBS-affiliated radio stations across the U.S.
Humorist Roy Blount, Jr., folk singer-songwriter Caroline Herring and blues-woman E.G. Knight will also be appearing on the program, along with host Garrison Keillor and the PHC regulars.
The Rangers just wrapped-up a two-week tour with Steve Martin that included appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, MerleFest and Austin for a taping of Austin City Limits. They will spend the remainder of May performing their own dates - highlighted by a two-day stand at DelFest - before joining up with Martin again for another month-long swing that kicks off June 11 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.
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