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Local resident Scott Husby researches, conserves rare books

Cook County resident Scott Husby has spent a lifetime repairing, conserving, and researching rare books, working with such institutions as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and Princeton University. He sat down with Dick recently to share stories about his work and recent projects, just before his presentation at the Grand Marais Art Colony. You can read about one of his projects here.

"Let's Go Fishing!"

"Let's Go Fishing!" -- it's a keeper

Eric Dregni's latest book, "Let's Go Fishing! Fish Tales from the North Woods," is a celebration of the sport of fishing in the northland. Dave chatted with Eric recently about the book, which features dozens of photos and historical images, and many great stories. You can find it at bookstores everywhere. Eric will talk about and sign his book June 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Photo courtesy of Ellie Ballantine

Bluegrass band The Thirsty River makes Roadhouse debut

Twin Cities-based bluegrass band The Thirsty River (Jake Jungbauer, guitar; Mike Store, bass; Evan Jungbauer, banjo; Ben Jungbauer, mandolin; Dave Anderson, keyboards/percussion) made their first appearance on WTIP last week. Listen for great original tunes and stories of how the band came to be. You can learn more about The Thirsty River here. Their new CD comes out in June.

Bill Camplin

Bill Camplin performs on The Scenic Route

In a great instance of serendipity, Bill Camplin, songwriter and proprieter of the renowned Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, WI, finds himself on the North Shore and behind the mic in WTIP's Studio A.


Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood stops by The Roadhouse

Fingerstyle guitar master Phil Heywood was in Grand Marais recently for a performance with Tim Sparks. Phil stopped by The Roadhouse with his guitar to chat and play. You can learn more about Phil and his music and schedule here.

Jay Arrowsmith Decoux (left) and Jeff "J." Niesen

The Beginnings of the "Artworks" Artists' Co-op

Artworks is a forthcoming artists' co-operative in Cook County that is the brainchild of Grand Marais mayor Jay Arrowsmith-Decoux and local artist J. Neisen.

Floydian Slip in Studio A

Floydian Slip rocks the Roadhouse with original jam music

South Shore jam band Floydian Slip made a return appearance on the show May 13 with great original tunes. They've been working on a new album, set to come out this summer, and they'll be back in town for Fisherman's Picnic. Floydian Slip is Andy Noyes, Jeff Kriner, Olaf Kirsten, and Scott McCafferty. You can learn more about the band and their schedule here.  

"You Must Only to Love Them"

Cook County resident Ann Marie Mershon's new memoir on teaching and traveling in Turkey

Cook County teacher and writer Ann Marie Mershon spent nine semesters teaching in Turkey. She's written a memoir of her time there, "You Must Only to Love Them: Lessons Learned in Turkey." She chatted with Dick recently about what it was like to live and teach there, what she learned about Turkish culture, and much more. The book is available locally and on Amazon. You can learn more about Ann and her work here

Plucked Up String Band

Plucked Up String Band plays The Roadhouse

The Plucked Up String Band (Bill Hansen, dobro; Amanda Hand, guitar & vocals; Matt Nesheim, banjo & vocals; Elliot Noyce, mandolin & vocals; Kieran Scannell, drums; and Will Moore, upright bass & vocals) stopped by Studio A shortly after their big tour. Listen for great original music and fun stories about being on the road.


New exhibit at Duluth's Karpeles Museum features Dylan memorabilia

Local historian Bill Pagel, who runs the Dylan website, has an enormous collection of Dylan memorabilia. He's chosen some of the best pieces for an exhibit titled "Einstein Disguised as Robin Hood," open through May 31 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth. Dick spoke with John Bushey, co-curator of the exhibit, about the treasures within, and about the sixth annual Duluth Dylan Fest May 22 through May 29.