The Minnesota State Fair opens on Thursday, so today is a great Monday to celebrate Minnesota music.
You can see/hear Minnesotan Mason Jennings (who grew up in Pittsburgh) perform "Raindrops on a Kitchen Floor" from his the yet-to-be-released Minnesota album here. In the meantime, click below to listen to his song "Dakota," in which he sings, "I sorta met Dakota Introduced by Minnesota."
Like Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar is a Minnesota transplant who Minnesota claims with pride. On her web site, Haley says her new album is "largely a reflection of a wonderful and lonely year spent in Portland, Oregon." Now she's back in Minneapolis, where you can hear this song, "Raggedy Man," on my favorite local radio station.