Mill City Blues release on CD with Papa John Kolstad and The Sorry Muthas

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 7:30pm

Seated show

Mill City Blues cover

Papa John Kolstad released the album Mill City Blues in 1971. It is now being reissued, and will be available on CD for the first time--and nothing beats The Sorry Muthas for Fathers Day!

Those familiar with the Folk and Blues scene of the West Bank in the 1960s and 70s, consider Mill City Blues a classic: First released in 1971, the record features Papa John Kolstad, Soupy Milton, Cal Hand, Judy Larson and Bill Hinkley. The song, Mill City Blues, gained lots of exposure from performances and airplay: It actually lead to a resurgence of the long forgotten name for Minneapolis as “The Mill City”.

The West Bank community, including Papa John Kolstad and the Sorry Muthas, also inspired the now legendary A Prairie Home Companion. The program's creator and host, Garrison Keillor, brought many of them together for a reunion show in 2008. Keillor remembers:

“From the Sorry Muthas came Cal Hand, the dobro and steel master who sparked a big country-western craze, and Papa John Kolstad, who has seemed approximately 24 years old for the past 40 years.”

The Sorry Muthas reunited in 2009 to record with Rosalie Sorrels on the Grammy nominated album Strangers In Another Country, a tribute to their friend U. Utah Phillips.

For the re-release at the Cedar Cultural Center, you can expect the same old-timey, thumping, country blues from back in the day: Papa John Kolstad will be performing with some of the original Sorry Muthas (Judy Larson, Cal Hand) along with Bob Stelnicki (washtub bass), Rod Bellville (mandolin), Gary Schulte (violin) and Bill Smith (harmonica). Joining these West Bank legends will be Amanda Hand, Cadillac Kolstad, Katey Bellville and Marilynne Hand. Plus, giving concertgoers an intimate look back and into the spirited West Bank scene,a collection of photographs - many never shown in public – by photographer Jerry Mathiason will be on display and for sale.

Specials on PBR Tallboys available all night!

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door.
Papa John Kolstad
A talented graduate of Berklee College of Music, Papa John Kolstad has performed as a soloist at the Smithsonian Bicentenial Folk Life Festival, the Philadelphia and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and many others. Papa John has been Artist in Residence at Rutgers...

Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota