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Jennings grows up in 'Minnesota'

Mason Jennings tackles the exponentially growing responsibilities of adulthood in his latest release, "Minnesota." He'll perform songs from the album and others at 8 p.m. Friday July 26 at the State Theatre.

As one grows into adulthood, remaining steadfastly single-minded about pursuits gets increasingly difficult, he says. With his new album, "Minnesota," Jennings crafts a collage of love trying to survive the transition into being a grownup in a complex world.

"The album is called, 'Minnesota' because it's a metaphor for an ever-changing landscape. More than any place I've ever been, things change so much here, even month to month. But even as things change, Minnesota is where my home is, where my center is," Jennings said.

"Minnesota" represents a step toward the light after the darkness of "Blood of Man," Jennings' last album.

A case in point is the first song on the new album, "Bitter Heart," which is both plaintive and hopeful. Musically, Mason paints from a more varied palette than ever. For instance, piano is featured more prominently than any of his previous albums.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

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Musician Mason Jennings

When: 8 p.m. Friday July 26

Where: Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota

Cost: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or