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Paul Metsa - Biographical Time Line
1984 Paul Metsa went solo after leading the popular Minneapolis band "Cats Under the Stars." That same year his "Paper Tigers" LP was released.
1985 "59 Coal Mines" was released as a single. Minnesota Music Awards – Best Folk Artist.
1986 Member of Politics and Music panel for New Music Seminar, NYC, with Nona Hendryx, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Reuben Blades and others. 1987 "Ferris Wheels On the Farm" was released as a single.
1988 Minnesota Music Awards – Best Blues Vocal. 1989 Minnesota Music Awards – Best Blues Folk Group.
1990 Wins Best Acoustic Guitar Player of the Twin Cities Contest at Cabooze Showdown.
1991 "Radio Motel" was released, CD retrospective. 1992 Appeared on National Television Broadcast at Farm Aid V at Willie Nelson’s behest.
1993 "Whistling Past the Graveyard" was released, produced by Bucky Baxter. 1994 Headlined sold out Guthrie Theatre show and released "Mississippi Farewell" CD which was a live performance of that show.
1995 Commissioned to do research and write original music for documentary on the history of the Saint Louis County Fair.
1996 Featured performer and panelist at Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Woody Guthrie Archives.
1997 Featured performer at AFL-CIO Rally with National President John Sweeney.
1998 "Lincoln's Bedroom" EP CD was released.
1999 Performance in Iceland as Musical Ambassador for the Minnesota Dept. of Tourism. Songwriter of the Year, Twin Cities CitySearch
2000 Featured performer at the Million Mom March in Washington, DC.
2001 Founded SavetheGuthrie.org, which was dedicated to saving the historic Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from demolition. Produced Million Dollar Bash (Bob Dylan’s 60th Birthday Tribute) featuring forty bands at First Avenue – Sold Out Show.
2002 Awarded contract for Music Director of Famous Dave’s Barbeque and Blues Club. Famous Dave’s named Best Blues Club of Twin Cities by City Pages.
2003 Associate Producer and Featured Performer at the Blood On the Tracks Band Reunion, Pantages Theater, Mpls. MN.
2004 Featured panelist, Future of Music Seminar, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
2005 Released "Texas in the Twilight" CD. Minnesota Music Award – Americana Artist of the Year.
2006 Featured Performer at Bob Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN. 2007 Founded MaximumFolk.com, a digital record label. Featured performer w/ Sonny Earl at 20th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival, Duluth, MN.
2004-08 Producer- Famous Dave’s Barbeque and Blues Festival Minneapolis, MN. Producer and Performer at Summertime Blues at Ironworld Amphitheater, Chisholm, MN.
2009 Produced and performed Skyway to Hell (30 year Metsa retrospective) at Parkway Theater.
2011 Paul’s memoir “Blue Guitar Highway” published by the University of MN Press.
2012 Released “Blues, Ballads, and Broadsides (Songs from the Blue Guitar Highway) 2013 Released “Live on Highway 55” with Willie Walker
2014 Debuted the Wall of Power Radio Hour on AM950-KTNF
“Like the Iron Range itself-and Dylan for that matter-Metsa is a hodge-podge of people, a melting pot of different characters and performers. He’s a folksinger, a blues singer, a guitarist, a social activist, a Finn, a storyteller, a comedian, a philosopher, a conspiracy theorist, an author, and a lounge lizard.” - MN Law and Politics
“Paul Metsa is the other great folksinger from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.”
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