MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing received dozens of calls and texts Thursday congratulating the two for a big musical honor.

"We're shocked and surprised," chuckled Mailander. "We're not sure how it all happened."

The two Minneapolis musicians make up The Okee Dokee Brothers, a duo committed to toe-tappin,' bluegrass music geared towards kids and families. Late Wednesday night the news was released that The Okee Dokee Brothers' latest CD "Can you Canoe?" is nominated for Best Children's Album.

"It's great to be recognized on a national level," said Mailander. "We're trying to take it in stride and stay focused on the main goal which is to connect kids to nature."

The nominated album, released in May of 2012, was inspired by a canoe trip along the Mississippi River. Mailander and Lansing wrote songs about camping, wilderness, and friendship as they paddled down the river to St. Louis.

"We met a lot of inspirational people and saw some beautiful things," says Mailander. "They all made their way into these songs."

The Okee Dokee Brothers will be back on stage on December 15th at the Cedar Cultural Center. Click here for ticket information.

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