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Scenic Route

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


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Ray Bonneville - photo by Will Moore

Ray Bonneville performs live on Scenic Route

Ray Bonneville is a Juno-award winning blues guitarist whose sound and stories are steeped in the tradition of New Orleans. He joins Will Moore on Scenic Route to talk about his life growing up speaking French in Quebec, moving to the bayou, beginning to write original music as he turned 40, and his love of vintage aircraft. The interview comes ahead of a performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. 

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Michael Monroe - Photo by Will Moore

Michael Monroe plays acoustic set on Scenic Route

Longtime Cook County musician Michael Monroe stops by the Scenic Route with host Will Moore. He talks about his ongoing Log Cabin Concert series, childhood memories inspiring songs about simple living, what he was up to in the Woodstock summer of 1969, and more.

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SonofMel (photo by Will Moore)

SonofMel calls in from the road on Scenic Route

John Adler takes the name SonofMel, and treks across the upper Midwest from his home of Hayward "Wayward" Wisconsin to the northern-most and southern-most parts of Minnesota, playing songs and sharing stories. He chats by phone with Will Moore about a song he wrote for a bike race (and gives a spoken word performance of it) and details about an upcoming record with Jordan "the Slideman" Grunow. And as always, he shares deep thoughts on the arts, flexing creative muscles, and the importance of eloquence in modern times

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Laura Sellner - photo by Will Moore

Laura Sellner of Superior Siren on Scenic Route

Laura Sellner is a guitarist and songwriter, most notably performing as the lead singer for Duluth group Superior Siren. Her ghostly vocals complement the "siren song" feel to the songs she writes. She chats with Will Moore about the group's recent accomplishments and exciting new things on the horizon.

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Andy (left) and Alex Nelson. Photo by Will Moore.

Andy and Alex Nelson on Scenic Route

Father and son duo Andy and Alex Nelson of Savage, MN join Will Moore on the Scenic Route. Andy, a trumpeter, tells the story behind his album Meaning to Tell You, a jazz record that was released last year and was produced during his own serious battle with cancer. Alex meanwhile plays saxophone, and also is an electronic artist creating songs under the name Alex Mavi. Together they share in a heartfelt discussion about illness, creativity, and the power of playing music together as a family.

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Rio plays piccolo with Erik Hahn - photo by Will Moore

Piccolo lessons with Erik Hahn and Rio Tersteeg

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers lessons to area youth with local musicians as instructors. In this piece, Will sits in on a lesson between woodwind instructor Erik Hahn and sixth-grader Rio Tersteeg, who's found a fondness for the piccolo. 

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Splimit - Photo by Will Moore

Splimit explodes playing live on WTIP

Splimit it a talented young trio from St. Paul who says they play "spicy rock" music, and their performance brings the heat. Inspired by groups like Primus, they've got a unique and playful songwriting style with plenty of high-octane power to back it up. They join Will Moore during a weekend of shows at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais.

Splimit is:

Mitch Benson - bass/vocals
Mike Herold - guitar/vocals
Mike Kleis - drums

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Courtney Yasmineh plays at WTIP. Photo by Will Moore

Courtney Yasmineh returns to WTIP

Courtney Yasmineh is a Chicago-born songwriter and author based in the Twin Cities who's love for the Northwoods came a young age when she ran away to a family cabin to play guitar and immerse herself in the land of Bob Dylan. She speaks with Will Moore about her latest book A Girl Called Sidney, her upcoming album to be released in September, and life on the road ahead of a performance at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

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Smokin' Joe Scarpellino at Gunflint Tavern. Photo by Will Moore

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino with Joe Barron- Live on WTIP

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino is a songwriter based in the Twin Cities, present throughout the Minneapolis jam band scene. He's known for collaborating with a wide array of musicians and bringing them together for various music projects and being the man behind the Galactic Get-Down music festival in southern Minnesota. He also produces his own "Smokin' Joe Show" regularly on Facebook live. He talks about all this and more along with some live original tunes featuring Space Monkey Mafia bassist Joe Barron live on WTIP.

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Danny Berka (left) and Chris Gillis try out the steel drums. Photo by Will Moore

Learning steel drums with Chris Gillis and Danny Berka

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is a non-profit organization that pairs local musicians with area youth for instrument lessons of all kinds. In this piece, we hear jazz musician Chris Gillis and ninth-grader Danny Berka decipher and learn to play an unusual and historied set of steel drums.

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