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ND: Blue Guitar Highway and the Twin Cities music scene

By Michael Cala
No Depression

Metsa_BlueThe state of Minnesota has given America at least two cultural gifts: Bob Dylan, and Garrison Keillor and his Prairie Home Companion radio program. It is also the birthplace of the performer known as Prince, as well as Judy Garland and Charles Lindbergh.

Beginning in the 1980s, Minnesota –- specifically, the Twin Cities -- developed a music scene that brought forth bands as diverse as the Replacements and Hüsker Dü.  Along with Seattle, the Twins metro area has contributed to the national alternative/indie rock and mini folk booms of the 1990s, as well as a nationally recognized hip hop scene a decade later.

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