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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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Chris Koza plays at Papa Charlie's, 2017

Chris Koza calls in to the Scenic Route

Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza has a brand new album called Sleepwalkers, Part 1. He calls in to the Scenic Route with Will Moore to talk more about it, along with what it was like to sing the National Anthem at Allianz Field, an exciting new grant opportunity of his, and more ahead of a show at the Wunderbar with his full band.

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Matthew Griswold

Matthew Griswold plays on The Scenic Route

Matthew Griswold is a songwriter and composer based out of the Twin Cities, originally from Austin, MN. An Army veteran, he has used music to help heal himself as well as other veterans going through depression and other life struggles. He plays his original songs live and talks with host Will Moore about his latest album Land of Our Last Chance, along with how he got his musical start in Nashville, writing for TV and film, playing at the VA Hospital, and much more.

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Eli Bentley performs at WTIP

Eli Bentley performs live on Scenic Route

Eli Bentley is a new resident of the Gunflint Trail who may already be familiar to some Cook County music lovers as the dobro player of Ginstrings, a Minneapolis-based bluegrass band who's been frequenting the Gunflint Tavern for many years. Starting a new chapter of his life to focus on songwriting, Bentley joins Will Moore live on the Scenic Route to perform some original songs on guitar, complete with powerful vocals.

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Dick Kimmel - photo by Joel Jackson via Facebook

Dick Kimmel interview on Scenic Route

Dick Kimmel is an acclaimed and accomplished bluegrass musician who's been active in the regional bluegrass scene for the past 50 years. A clawhammer banjo player,  he plays in a number of different musical duos. A former DNR official with a love of the outdoors, he writes songs expressing the power of nature and the importance of environmental issues at hand. He joins Will Moore by phone on the Scenic Route ahead of a few special shows up the Gunflint Trail.

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Gordon Thorne, Randy Sabien

Gordon Thorne and Randy Sabien play on Scenic Route

Local fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne and Twin Cities fiddler Randy Sabien once again prove to be a dynamic duo in this live session on Scenic Route ahead of the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Cascade Lodge.

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Joe Dunn (left), Jimmy Geisinger, and Demetri Rallis (right) of Frogleg playing at Wunderbar, 2018

A chat with Joe Dunn and Demetri Rallis of Frogleg

Frogleg is a dynamic six-piece band known for versatile styles, long intricate jams, and smooth vocals from singer Joe Dunn. Ahead of Lutsen's Mountain Meltdown (which ironically was met with heavy snow), WTIP's Will Moore catches up with Dunn and lead guitarist Demetri Rallis at Caribou Highlands. They talk about songwriting, activities while touring,  their upcoming third album, and the connectedness of the Twin Cities jam scene.

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Matt Pudas (center) with Eddie Juntenen and Sammy Weyandt of White Iron Band

Matt Pudas of White Iron Band on Scenic Route

Matt Pudas is the gritty-voiced singer of the White Iron Band, an energetic group formed in Ely, MN with rock, country, and folk influences. Calling from his new home in Georgia, he speaks with Will Moore on origins of the band, working as a roofer throughout the duration of playing music, and what led to the groups latest album being called "Homebrew".

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Drew Heinonen and Jim Miller

Brotherless Arms play live on Scenic Route

Brotherless Arms is the duo format of Cook County band Brothers in Arms, featuring the twin guitars of Jim Miller and Drew Heinonen. They talk with Will Moore about songwriting, guitar-smithing, and more.

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Jeff Austin performs at Papa Charlie's. Photo by Will Moore

Jeff Austin calls into the Scenic Route

The eager and exuberant Jeff Austin is known for his expressive live performances and shredding on the mandolin with Yonder Mountain String Band and his own Jeff Austin Band. He calls from his hometown outside Chicago to join Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of his performance at Lutsen Mountains' Sweetwater Shakedown. He talks about starting in theater before moving to music, why he wants to push the limits of bluegrass, and tells the story of nearly missing his own show at the Blue Ox festival in Wisconsin.

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Pert Near Sandstone at WTIP

Pert Near Sandstone plays live on WTIP

Acclaimed Twin Cities bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone headed up north to participate in the Sweetwater Shakedown at Lutsen Mountains, one of the pre-parties to their own Blue Ox Music Festival, held in Eau Claire, WI in June. The band joins Will Moore and Carl Solander to talk about the festival, origins of the band, and new music, with lots of laughs on the air.

Pert Near Sandstone is:

J Lenz - guitar
Kevin Kniebel - banjo
Nate Sipe - mandolin, fiddle
Justin Bruhn - bass
Matt Cartier - clogging

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