MINNEAPOLIS -- For a musical duo that have known each other since they were 3 years old, there's something extra special about landing a Grammy nomination for Best Children's Album.

Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing are the Okee Dokee Brothers, a Minneapolis-based bluegrass band who have been making their kid-oriented music since 2005. But their roots together go to their earliest days and their folky songs commemorate shared memories of their Colorado childhoods.

"It was a typical boyhood friendship," said Mailander, 28, who now splits his time between Minneapolis and New York City. "Doing things outside, fishing, going down to the creek, playing catch. It was just being kids at the time, but we found when we started making music together that those were the memories we returned to."

Their nominated album, "Can You Canoe?" is a set of acoustic songs inspired by a month-long canoe trip the pair took down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Missouri. They dubbed it a "Mississippi River Adventure Album."


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