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Mint Condition: 'Livin' the Luxury Brown'

The funk/R&B/rock group Mint Condition burst onto the music scene 14 years ago with its first album, Meant to be Mint. Now the Minneapolis-based band is back with its first CD in six years, Living the Luxury Brown.

The band, known for its musical prowess and tight harmonies, is also surfacing on the tour circuit to expand its fan base from its home state to people across the nation. Over the past few years, they've done some gigs "under the radar" -- including opening for R&B diva Alicia Keys -- but now they're touring with a renewed sense of purpose.

Part of the band's appeal, says guitarist Homer O'Dell, is that nobody can categorize its music. "The gumbo flavor, we like to call it -- a mixture of everything," he says. "We enjoy some of all kinds of music, from country to heavy metal -- there's something good in all kinds of music."

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.