Springsteen On The Border

A northern correspondent and his wife saw Bruce Springsteen in a stunning solo performance last night at the University of Minnesota. About 2/3 the way through the show he introduced Matamoros Banks, from the Devils And Dust CD, with a short speech about death in the desert, the hands of migrants being on every American's dinner table, and how this country needs a humane migration policy. (This is familiar ground for Springsteen, who wrote several poignant border stories on a previous album, The Ghost of Tom Joad.)