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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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Boyd Blomberg

Boyd Blomberg reveals details of new Pushing Chain album

Longtime Cook County musician Boyd Blomberg comes on Sidetracks to discuss new information about the anticipated second album from local "folky-tonk" duo Pushing Chain. He talks about working with producer Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody and his Last Planet Airmen and finding studio time and players in the Austin, TX music scene.

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Sonofmel on KUMD

SonofMel revisits the North Shore on Scenic Route

John Adler performs as SonofMel, playing talking-style blues with intricate, personal lyrics and deep vocals that have been compared to Johnny Cash. Hailing from Hayward, WI, he performs alongside Jordan "The Slideman" Grunow to create a a layer of countryish twang and build into some meaningful Americana. John talkes to Will Moore ahead of a show at Cascade Lodge Pub about a particularly harsh winter, playing a Tom Petty tribute show, and new music.

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Dessa at Papa Charlie's

Dessa returns to North Shore on Scenic Route

Minneapolis hip hop artist Dessa returns to Papa Charlie's on the North Shore, and to the WTIP airwaves talking to Will Moore on the Scenic Route. She talks about her upcoming album Chime, how a trip to Turkey inspired its first single "Fire Drills", outlines an upcoming international tour, and praises her supporting acts. 

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Jessa Roquet

Jessa Roquet of Gambler's Daughter on Scenic Route

Jessa Roquet is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the St. Paul band Gambler's Daughter. Describing her sound as "poetic folk rock", she blends alternative guitar riffs with rich vocals and inspired lyrics to create something that defies genres. She visits with Will Moore about the group's debut self-titled EP, starting out in a family folk band, and new songs ahead of a show at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

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Andrew D. Huber

Andrew D. Huber on the Scenic Route

Andrew D. Huber is a songwriter hailing from northern Illinois, though his roots run through St. Paul, and his heart is called to the North Shore. An annual performer in the area, he joins Will Moore amidst the release of his latest album "Mockingbird Gallows". He tells the stories behind his songs and talks about the Celtic influence in his music. 

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Charlie Parr at WTIP

Charlie Parr returns to Scenic Route with new songs from "Dog"

Duluth's blues guitarist Charlie Parr returns to WTIP with another great live performance and interview. He tells host Will Moore about recent touring, recording his new album "Dog", and how opening up about longtime clinical depression has permeated his new songs. 

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The Federales. Photo by Darin Kamnetz

A chat with The Federales on the Scenic Route

The Federales are an alternative country band based out of Minneapolis that modernizes classic country elements to create a timeless, enjoyable sound with wonderfully fun and inspired songwriting. Will Moore is joined by lead songwriter Ben Miller and guitarist James Gould to talk about the group ahead of a New Year's Eve performance at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marias.

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Chris Gillis animatedly playing piano

Chris Gillis donates childhood piano to local church

Chris Gillis started his road towards a musical life by playing on a special 1914 Mason & Hamline piano with his father Frank, a professional pianist. That piano now sits in the main sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in grand Marais. Gillis donated the piano after it was kept in his family's cabin, and has no shortage of fond memories playing it. Will Moore talks to him as he plays the newly restored instrument.

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Heatbox

The beatboxing Heatbox on the Scenic Route

Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe. He talks to Will Moore about his process and lets his unique personality out.

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Teri Quinn

Kansas City banjo player Teri Quinn live on WTIP

Teri Quinn delves into dark tones and dark, personal moments to create hauntingly beautiful songs for voice and banjo. Finishing up a fall tour from the deep south going north, the Kansas City-based songwriter makes a stop at Grand Marais' Wunderbar, and joins Will Moore live on WTIP for an in-studio performance.

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