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DEEPER BLUES event with MPR’s North Star Journey Live at the Minnesota State Fair featuring Andrea Swensson and Cornbread Harris

August 26 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm CST

Cornbread Harris and Andrea Swensson, author of Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs, and Salvation of Cornbread Harris, will join Angela Davis of MPR for a live interview as part of North Star Journey Live at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. Find the MPR booth at the corner of Judson and Nelson.

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Following the extraordinary life story of James “Cornbread” Harris, Deeper Blues is a unique history of Minnesota music that evolves into a heartfelt tale of reconciliation and forgiveness, all to the tune of the legendary musician’s signature sound. A rich mix of present-day anecdotes and historical vignettes, and featuring never-before-seen photographs of Cornbread and Jimmy Jam, Deeper Blues tells a singular story—one imprinted on the history, heart, and soul of the Minneapolis Sound.

“Andrea Swensson’s Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs and Salvation of Cornbread Harris (University of Minnesota Press) is a must-read. Accomplished journalist, (author of [Got to be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound], U of M Press), brings acumen, insight and passion to bear on a beloved Twin Cities icon.” —Blue Monday Magazine

“Andrea Swensson’s book on Minneapolis music icon Cornbread Harris is fascinating. He was a peer of my mother and father in the Minneapolis music scene, so this biography holds a special place in my heart. The music business isn’t for the faint of heart . . . but when it’s your calling like it is for Cornbread, you ‘get’ to spend your life healing people through your gift, no matter the personal cost. I’m honored to have recorded with him and to call his son, Jimmy Jam, my friend. A must read!” —St. Paul Peterson

“In a crazy world without a road map, we’re all doing the best we can to reach a destination of peace that feels like home. Planting seeds that grow into a destiny greater than we could ever imagine for ourselves—just as Cornbread did for Jimmy Jam. What a beautiful thing to read this story of a father and son reuniting after years of separation to share their love of music again. Deeper Blues is a reminder that love and music are divine uniting forces that continue to heal us.” —Terry Lewis

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St. Paul, Minnesota 55108 United States
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