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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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Skyler Hawkins

North House's Skyler Hawkins on the Scenic Route

Skyler Hawkins is an intern at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He shares his Duluth jugband-honed banjo skills with Will Moore and special co-host Carl Solander on the Scenic Route.

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Axtell

Axtell returns to Scenic Route with "Traveler"

Axtell, the duo of Cook County native Katrina Axtell and Julain Hernandez of Argentina, return to Scenic Route to talk about their latest tours, videos, songs, and adventures. They arrive ahead of the release show of their second EP "Traveler" at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. This is the third time they've been featured on the show. 

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Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble

Mike Debevec wants to Hear Our Voices

Local jazz pianist and composer Mike Debevec is looking for volunteers for a new jazz choir to perform at a special Bethlehem Lutheran Church service. The project is called "Hearing Our Voices" and will culminate in a recording of the choir singing with his group Sky Blue Ensemble. He speaks with Will Moore about details.

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The Sea The Sea, left to right: Steve Schuss, Cara May Gorman, Mira Stanley, Chuck E. Costa

The Sea The Sea performs live on Sidetracks

The Sea The Sea is an Albany, NY based indie folk duo of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Joined by Cara May Gorman and Steve Struss, they create a captivating sound with powerful harmoines. Hear them play a sound-rich, soulful set live on WTIP's Sidetracks ahead of their performance at Papa Charlie's Monday songwriter series.

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Jeremy Messersmith plays in Studio A

Jeremy Messersmith is "Overly Optimistic" on the Scenic Route

Jeremy Messersmith has been writing clever and meaningful songs in the Twin Cities for over a decade. His latest project is a songbook entitled "11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele", a recording and collection of sheet music of tunes about kittens, rainbows, unicorns, and anything sparkly and sugar-sweet.

He speaks to host Will Moore about switching from guitar to uke, the post-election sequestering that inspired the songbook, idealistic futures, and his "Only in Minnesota" micro-tour hitting up unusual Minnesota locales.

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Cover of Aisling

James Moors talks "Aisling" on the Scenic Route

Folk duo Moors & McCumber released their latest Kickstarter-backed album "Aisling" on St Patrick's Day. It's fitting choice considering it's an all Irish record inspired by their many guided trips to the Emerald Isle. Host Will Moore talks with multi-instrumentalist James Moors about what went into making "Aisling", adventures in Ireland, staying in touch with his counterpart Kort McCumber, and playing on the North Shore.

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Gold Experience cover

Jim Walsh on "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s"

Jim Walsh is an award-winning journalist, author, and songwriter who has written for MinnPost and City Pages, and has been deeply entwined in the Twin Cities music scene for many years. His latest book, "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s" explores Minnesota's most iconic performer during a decade where his new work became largely overlooked. He speaks with host Will Moore on the Scenic Route to discuss Prince shows, songs, the love symbol, as well as conversations (and basketball) with the Purple One himself.

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Moonshine Mountain

Montana's Moonshine Mountain hits the Scenic Route

Moonshine Mountain (Rio Mattole on guitar and Cory Chopp on mandolin) are an Americana group from Columbia Falls, Mont., just south of Glacier National Park. Cory was born in Virginia, Minn., and the two are touring Minnesota for the first time after numerous expeditions playing gigs out west. They join host Will Moore on the Scenic Route. 

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John Adler AKA Sonofmel

Sonofmel's "Springtime in a Foreign City" on the Scenic Route

Sonofmel is the pseudonym of John Adler of Hayward, WI. He's a musician and storyteller who draws inspiration from world travels and an incredible myriad of jobs and life experiences. He has a new album out called "Springtime in a Foreign City," featuring songs about his time in Turkey, stories of meeting Johnny Cash, and WTIP's own hometown of Grand Marais! He speaks with host Will Moore about all this and so much more.

 

 

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Richard Smith, Gordon Thorne, Tom Schaefer

Fingerstyle Masters preview - Richard Smith on Scenic Route

Richard Smith is world-renowned Nashville-based guitarist hailing originally from south of London. His influences range from Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to Merle Travis and Django Reinhardt. Having played and recorded with Tommy Emmanuel and other master guitarists, he comes to the North Shore for the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend in Tofte. He is joined by Gordon Thorne and Tom Schaefer for a wild and impromptu jam session on the Scenic Route ahead of the weekend.

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