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DEEPER BLUES event at Springboard for the Arts with Ramsey County Historical Society, Jazz88, Cornbread Harris, and Andrea Swensson

September 12 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm CST

Andrea Swensson, author of Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs, and Salvation of Cornbread Harris, will join the Ramsey County Historical Society and Jazz88 at Springboard for the Arts on Thursday, September 12, as part of RCHS’s “History Revealed” series. Reading and appearance by Cornbread Harris to be followed by book signing.

This is a ticketed event.


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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