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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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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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Jim McGowan

Jim McGowan's first appearance on the Scenic Route

Jim McGowan is a musician living in St. Paul who frequents the North Shore to play gigs and experience the area he loves. He plays songs and talks with host Will Moore about getting his start playing guitar at a camp in Colorado and special guitars he's owned over the years. 

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Jon Kallberg

Jon Kallberg's enthralling Scenic Route debut

Jon Kallberg started out as a bass player in a band that played country hits, but nowadays he jams and weaves tunes on an array of unique guitars, including the 12 string harp guitars. His sound is full of percussion, hypnotic drones and lively melodies. He plays for the first time on the Scenic Route and talks with Will Moore about his instruments and style.

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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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