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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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Kind Country at Papa Charlie's. Max Graham middle right on mandolin.

Kind Country's Max Graham on the Scenic Route

Kind Country is a jamming newgrass band from Minneapolis that provides high-energy performances and new takes on old favorite tunes, as well as original music. Vocalist and mandolinist Max Graham calls in from the road to chat with host Will Moore ahead of the band's show at Papa Charlie's, as well as an appearance by his duo side project Mix & Match at the Gunflint Tavern.

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Cornmeal's Chris Gangi plays a 5-string electric upright bass

Cornmeal's Chris Gangi on the Scenic Route

Cornmeal is a 5-piece band from Chicago that blends bluegrass instrumentation with rock, blues, and jam elements into a creative sound and enticing technical showmanship. Bass player Chris Gangi spoke with host Will Moore ahead of their return to Papa Charlie's, touching on their hometown's influence on their sound, recording, and life on the road.

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Chris Koza

Chris Koza interview on the Scenic Route

Chris Koza is a Portland, OR native who made his way to Minnesota and the Minneapolis music scene after going to school at St. Olaf College in Northfield. He's been recording music in the state for over a decade now, both under his own name and as the lead singer of the group Rogue Valley, who's latest album Radiate/Dissolve was released last summer. He speaks with host Will Moore ahead of his show at Papa Charlie's Monday night songwriter series.

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Patsy O'Brien (left) and Dick Hensold

Dick Hensold and Patsy O'Brien live on WTIP

Two Twin Cities-based Irish musicians, guitarist Patsy O'Brien and Northumbrian smallpipes player Dick Hensold, stop by WTIP to play music for hosts Carl Solander and Will Moore ahead of a Saturday show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee of The Lowest Pair.

The Lowest Pair's Kendl Winter on the Scenic Route

Kendl Winter is one-half of the group The Lowest Pair, playing banjo and guitar. From starting off in Arkansas surrounded by both orchestral and punk music, to moving to Washington and playing in a string band, she's had very interesting musical journey. The Lowest Pair released two new albums in 2016, and are preparing for their first European tour this summer. She speaks with host Will Moore on the Scenic Route.

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Cover of Zaspalo Je Siroce

Joe Paulik and Al Oikari talk about "Zaspalo Je Siroce"

Zaspalo Je Siroce, Croatian for "an orphan has fallen asleep", is the title of the new double album from Joe Paulik, produced by Al Oikari. It's the product of several years of work, featuring 18 new original tracks, songs Joe has played live for years but never recorded, and the captured voices of Croatian seasonal workers amidst the elements of Cook County. Host Will Moore talks to Joe and Al about the deeper meanings and themes explored on the albums and the local collaborations during recording.

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Common Ground

Common Ground play on the Scenic Route

Common Ground is a relatively new musical trio in Cook County. Featuing Drew Heinonen on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Steckelberg on bass, and Bob Lamettry on cajon and percussion, they have a very unique, rhythmic sound complimented by Heinonen's raspy vocals. This is their first time on the Scenic Route, playing original songs and covering blues tunes.

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Jeff Olson aka J. Francis Olson

J. Francis Olson and "One Long Tomorrow" on the Scenic Route

J. Francis Olson is a blues and americana guitarist living in Burnsville. His album "One Long Tomorrow" was created through counseling after dealing with issues of sexual abuse in his childhood, and has gone on to be named 2016's best Americana album by the Akademia group in California. He joins host Will Moore on the Scenic Route to perform songs with rich melodies and thoughtful, hopeful lyrics.

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Liz Draper and Mumblin' Drew at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais.

Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper stop by WTIP

Ahead of a show at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, Twin Cities musicians Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper play together on the air with Will Moore and Carl Solander.

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The Pines play at Papa Charlie's. Members are Alex Ramsey (far left), Benson Ramsey (middle right) and David Huckfelt (far right

The Pines talk new EP, recent projects on the Scenic Route

The Pines are a Minneapolis-based trio who grew up in Iowa, creating a unique kind of folk music that mixes acoustic and electric guitars with etherial tones and wispy vocals. They speak with host Will Moore about their new EP entitled "Pasture II", as well as their other recent projects, touring, and getting to work with the late John Trudell. 

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