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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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Josh Schmidt

Josh Schmidt gives an update on the Step Rockets on the Scenic Route

Lutsen-born Twin Cities Musician Josh Schmidt has had a wild couple of years with his band the Step Rockets, who have completed several tours and a new EP entitled Future Nature. He speaks with Will Moore about his experiences touring through the South, future West Coast plans, recording, and the ins and outs of the music biz regarding opening acts and promotion.

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L to R, Sandler Waggoner, Jaia Wilbour, Shawn Neary, Raina Gravatt

The Medicine Brothers and Anima play on The Scenic Route

A special treat on the Scenic Route - two duos from Veroqua, WI come to Grand Marais just to play on WTIP before a show together in Duluth. They are the Medicine Brothers (Shawn Neary and Sandler Waggoner), and Anima (Jaia Wilbour and Raina Gravatt). The four of them take turns playing original songs, talk about the music culture in their hometown, and how a local bookstore led them to discover each other's sound.

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Banjoist Tim Leutbeg (left) with lead singer Adam Stariha

Tim Leutgeb of Black River Revue on Scenic Route

Black River Revue is a hard-and-fast bluegrass band from the Twin Ports area, and frequent visitors of Grand Marais' Gunflint Tavern. Banjoist Tim Leutgeb calls in and speaks with Will Moore on the band's beginnings and current festival circuit.

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Jon and Amie Theis at Voyageur Brewing in Grand Marais

Jon Theis of Harbor Drive Hookup on the Scenic Route

Jon Theis is the multi-instrumentalist and singer of the St. Cloud based group Harbor Drive Hookup, where he performs with his wife Amie. Drawing inspiration from classic country artists to 21st century rock and pop, Jon talks to host Will Moore about the duo's sound, the ease of recording with today's tech, and how the group got involved playing shows at assisted living centers.

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Ann Reed cycling

Ann Reed calls in to The Scenic Route

Ann Reed is a Minnesota born songwriter who's career spans over 30 years and 20 albums. With witty, meaningful lyrics and a penchant for weaving storytelling with her music, she' s written hundreds of songs.  Will Moore spoke with her by phone ahead of her show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival on Scenic Route

Daniel Rodriguez is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter with the Colorado-based group Elephant Revival. The band is renowned for the ways the meld styles and cross-continental influences into a unique folky sound. Will Moore reached Daniel in Boulder, CO ahead of the group's performances at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and Festival Palomino in Minneapolis to talk about the band's latest release, Petals, and coming to the Lake Superior region.

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Wayne Horvitz and his piano

Wayne Horvitz brings "21 Pianos" to Studio A

Seattle-based composer Wayne Horvitz is travelling the state of Minnesota with what he calls a "wildly out of tune" piano, sampling Minnesotans playing to be compiled into new, electronic music pieces. The project is called "21 Pianos" and is made possible by the McKnight foundation. On his trip to the North Shore, he visited WTIP, where employee pianists Sherri Lindskog, Martha Marnocha, and Will Moore, tested out his jarring keys to expand their idea of what sonic elements make people enjoy music.

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Derek Smith

Derek Smith thrives on music in New Zealand

Derek Smith has been absent from the Cook County music scene for the last year or so, having packed up and left for New Zealand to start a new life from scratch. Always needing music in his life, he found a wealth of opportunities down under. Will Moore speaks with him on his brief visit back to Grand Marais.

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Amy Grillo and Gene Lafond

Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo harmonize on Scenic Route

With a brand new album called "The Northland Sessions."  local artists Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo make their Scenic Route debut with a number of excellent original tunes. 

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Jordana Greenburg

Jordana Greenburg of Harpeth Rising on the Scenic Route

Jordana Greenburg is the fiddler of the progressive Americana group Harpeth Rising. While on the road to the group's show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, Will Moore chatted with her by phone. She talks about the trio's musical education and songwriting as well as the making of their latest album "Shifted".

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