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Cornbread Harris/Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats

Cornbread Harris on Beale St
Cornbread Harris on Beale St
Photo © Tom Asp

2008 Minnesota Entrants in the International Blues Challenge

It's hard to believe that in his 80 years James Samuel "Cornbread" Harris had never been to Memphis, TN. As the Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society's "solo" act for the 2008 IBC Cornbread had a chance to introduce Beale St. to his distinctive keyboard stylings and personable banter. Cornbread performed at Pat O' Briens on Beale St. for the semi-final rounds of this year's competition on Thursday and Friday nights, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Cadillac & the Flats
Chad Augustin, Cadillac Kolstad and Johann Swenson
Photo © Tom Asp

Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats brought their energetic brand of blues, Minneapolis' West Bank, dance and (apropos to Memphis) rock-a-billy sound to the Blues City Cafe on Beale St. From the reports I've heard, the trio comprised of Andrew "Cadillac" Kolstad on keyboards, Johann Swenson on stand-up snare and hi-hat and Chad "Auggie" Augustin on doghouse bass played very good sets both nights of the competition.
— Jake Jacobson


Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl CD

Selected as Minnesota's Entrant for Memphis

mesta album cover

White Boys Lost In the Blues by Paul Metsa and Sonny Earl was selected by GTCBMS judges to compete for the prestigious "Best Self-Produced CD" award for the year. The CD was selected from 3 local entries and will be judged against national and international productions with the final award winners announced at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February, 2008.

Selections from the CD can be heard at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/metsaearl

More information on the IBC Best Self-Produced CD award can be found at: http://www.blues.org/ibc/selfcdrules.php

— Doug Spike,
Board Member







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