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Rep. Collin Peterson

Rep. Collin Peterson jams with Rolling Stone keyboardist

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Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson took a break from his political work earlier this week to jam out with a member of rock royalty.

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Thursday night Rep. Peterson (D-Minn), who is from Detroit Lakes, played guitar with Chuck Leavell, a noted keyboardist who's toured with The Rolling Stones long enough to have earned the nickname "The Sixth Rolling Stone."

The session came during a benefit for the American Forest Foundation and featured Peterson and Leavell playing Stones songs like "Brown Sugar" and "Dead Flowers."

According to the Web site politico.com, Leavell said during the performance, " 'C'mon congressman! I know you can step up to the plate,' ... Peterson finally acquiesced: 'I'll give you a good rhythm and background,' he told the famous musician."

Peterson appeared at the event with his band The Second Amendments, which features several other politicians. The group played WE Fest, the country music festival outside of Detroit Lakes, in 2005.

"That was a hoot," Leavell said to the Web site GMANews.tv. "It was a wild and wacky thing to be playing with a bunch of congressmen. This couldn't have worked out better."

Peterson's office didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

A clip of video from Peterson's jam session can be seen on The Star Tribune's Web site, or by following the link on this page.

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