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Minneapolis' Okee Dokee Brothers win Grammy for best children's music


Yes, yes they can canoe. And perform Grammy-winning music about it, too.

Two years after conceiving their albm "Can You Canoe?" while paddling down the Mississippi River, a pair of Twin Cities musicians were rewarded with Grammy gold Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Star Tribune reports.

Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing -- who perform as the Okee Dokee Brothers -- were honored with a Best Children's Music Album Grammy.

The duo self-released the CD and DVD inspired by their 30-day river trip, and most of their touring has been at Minnesota libraries and nature centers. The group has sold about 10,000 copies of the recording since May.

In accepting their Grammy, they thanked the Recording Academy for recognizing indie-made children's music.

The Minnesota Orchestra was nominated for best orchestral recording, but the nod went to the San Francisco Symphony instead. Some had considered the Minnesotans a sentimental favorite, since they are currently locked out by management in a labor dispute.

The lockout has prompted the cancellation of performances scheduled through early April.

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