Singer/songwriter/artist/promoter and now author, Paul Metsa willl be paying another visit to the KFAI studios Wednesday, Oct. 12 as Jackson Buck's guest on Freewheelin' Freewheelin' airs from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays.
Paul will be discussing his new memoir "Blue Guitar Highway". The legendary Minnesota musician tells the story of making music from folk outpost to pop paradise to stages shared with stars from Seeger to Springsteen. This is a musician’s tale: the story of a boy growing up on the Iron Range in Minnesota, playing guitar at family gatherings, coming of age in the seventies, and honing his craft in Minneapolis, ground zero of American popular music in the mid-eighties. Paul Metsa’s book gives us a close-up, dizzying view of the roller-coaster ride that is the professional musician’s life.
His account captures the thrill of the Twin Cities when acts like the Replacements, Husker Du, and Prince were remaking pop music. It takes us right onto the stages he shared with stars like Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen. And it gives us a close-up, dizzying view of the roller-coaster ride that is the professional musician's life, played out against the polarizing politics and intimate history of the past few decades of American culture. Written with a songwriter's sense of detail and ear for poetry, Paul Metsa's book conveys all the sweet absurdity, dry humor, and passion for the language of music that has made his story sing.