Minneapolis Mystery Musician.
March 19, 2012 12:17 PM   Subscribe

Singer-songwriter from Minneapolis. Featured on an afternoon NPR program in late 2001 or early 2002. Mentioned seeing Paul Westerberg ride past him on a bike. Who are you?

For whatever reason I thought about this guy today (I have no idea why) and now I can't stop until I figure out who he is. Here are the details of what I remember about him from the interview from 10 years ago:

- mid 20s to early 30s
- lived in Minneapolis/St. Paul at the time
- mentioned having a new girlfriend and that it was "going to last"
- mentioned seeing Paul Westerberg ride past him on a bike wearing a Minnesota Twins jersey
- Played an acoustic song that was really good
- Interview was on NPR in the afternoon ("Fresh Air" maybe)
- Day interview aired was sometime between September 2001 and July 2002

The station I heard this on was WBEZ (91.5) in Chicago. I tried to search their archives and the archives of NPR to see if I could figure out who he was but failed. I have a feeling this was near the beginning of spring 2002 (I think they were discussing the potential contraction of the Twins) but I'm not sure. It being from 10 years ago makes it difficult to search the archives with any accuracy.
posted by playertobenamedlater to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mason Jennings. Here's the interview, from January 2002. The Paul Westerberg bit starts around 8:00.
posted by Siobhan at 12:33 PM on March 19, 2012 [5 favorites]

Thank you!
posted by playertobenamedlater at 12:50 PM on March 19, 2012

This is amazing.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:14 PM on March 19, 2012

Mason Jennings! He's like a much much better version of Bon Iver.

Interestingly enough, Paul Westerberg is my neighbor. Seriously, he lives like 5 houses down from me.

Can't say I've ever heard any of his music though.
posted by pencroft at 10:22 AM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

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