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Scenic Route

"The Scenic Route" features local and regional music (fensterbme/Flickr)

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


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Ellen Stanley of Minnesota Music Coalition on Scenic Route

Ellen Stanley is the executive director of the Minnesota Music Coalition, a state-wide non-profit that helps Minesota based musicians access business, promotional, and creative resources. She talks with Will Moore about the various services and workshops the Coalition offers, and talks about Caravan du Nord, the Coalition's travelling concert series that visited Grand Marais in October. 

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Patrick Harison

Patrick Harison of Patty and the Buttons on Scenic Route

Patrick Harison is the frontman and accordion player of Patty and the Buttons, a Twin Cities group that combines jazz influences from all over, including New Orleans and the gypsy jazz of France. PAtrick talks about his musical backroun on the Scenic Route with Will Moore ahead of his group's performance at Caravan du Nord.

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Nate Dungan. Photo by Don Olson

Nate Dungan of the band Trailer Trash on Scenic Route

Nate Dungan is the vocalist, vocalist and primary songwriter of the Minneapolis country and honky tonk band Trailer Trash. He speaks with Will Moore head of their Caravan du Nord performance about the band's longevity, their beginnings in a Twin Cities bar, Christmas shows, and more.

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Cover of  "Springtime in a Foreign City"

SonofMel and the Slideman on Scenic Route

SonofMel is the psuedonym of Hayward, Wisconsin's John Adler. He's deep thinker who sees symbols and human connection in all things, and his album "Springtime in a Foreign City" details moments of his life travelling the world. He's joined by Jordan "Slideman" Grunow of Ashland, WI, for a memorable Scenic Route full of original tunes and great conversation.

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Richie Yurkovich (left) and wife Gabe (middle) in his group Polkarioty

Accordionist Richie Yurkovich live on the Scenic Route

Richie Yurkovich is an accomplished polka musician and accordionist hailing from central Wisconsin. He joins hosts Carl Solander and Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of a week of shows at Voyageur Brewing's Oktoberfest in Grand Marais.

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Jason Wussow

Jason Wussow talks about One Week Live on Scenic Route

Jason Wussow is the owner of Beaner's Central coffee house in Duluth, where for the following week, bands from Northern Minnesota and beyond will be playing every night as part of the 16th annual One Week Live concert series. Wussow talks about how the series began, who will be performing, compiling live recordings for an album, and the songwriting competiton on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.  Wussow is also the guitarist for the Duluth band Woodblind, and talks about the next steps his group is taking.

More info about One Week Live can be found at http://www.beanerscentral.com.

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The Thread with Will Moore

Nashville's The Thread on the Scenic Route

Longtime Nashville musicians Tyler Boydstun and Caitlin Nichol-Thomas team up at last to form The Thread. The duo combines Boydstun's heavy guitar and drums with Nichol-Thomas' fiery fiddle playing to create a soulful sound that breathes life and power into the spectrum of Americana. They join host Will Moore for a lighter, acoustic live session from WTIP's Studio A ahead of a show at Grandma Ray's in Grand Marais.

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Left to right: Faye Lewis, Kory Badertscher. Rich Lewis

Rich Lewis Band performs on special Scenic Route

The Rich Lewis Band hails from the Twin Cities and combines rock, blues, R&B and soul into their eclectic sound which evokes the music of New Orleans as well as Motown. Lewis and several of the other members have been playing together, and with other notable Minnesota musicians, for over 40 years. The quartet configuration of the group joins host Will Moore on the Scenic Route during an extended weekend playing at the Gun Flint Tavern.

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Sean Keogan (bottom) with If Eye May

Sean Keogan of If Eye May on the Scenic Route

Sean Keogan is the lead singer and guitarist for the Minneapolis based rock band If Eye May. Sean has longtime ties to the North Shore, and stops in for a live acoustic session from Studio A. He talks about recording the group's latest album in Cleveland, playing gigs in the Twin Cities, and mentions a mysterious curse that seemingly follows the band.

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Sam Meyer

Sam Meyer talks youth hip hop and beatmaking on Scenic Route

Sam Meyer is a senior at Cook County High School and member of WTIP's Youth Radio Project. He joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about the hip hop music hes been producing with his friends. He touches on how sampling works, the software and equipment used for making beats, and how social media platforms like Soundcloud and Youtube have become integral to making music.

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