Blue Guitar Highway

Paul Metsa. Univ. of Minnesota, $24.95 (288 p) ISBN 978-0-8166-7642-2
Though Metsa tested the waters in New York and Los Angeles, Minnesota has been home base for most of his career, and there, he is considered a legendary musician and songwriter. Though not as well-known as fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan, Metsa's story has much in common with those of other rock stars—ample amounts of sex and drugs, plus some trouble with the law and IRS. Though Metsa has often performed with less famous musicians, he has also shared a stage with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Pete Seeger. Fans will appreciate Metsa's stories about the writing and reception of many of his songs. Though the memoir rambles and Metsa is a serial name-dropper, readers will find him to be pleasant company. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
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