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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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Eight Threads cover art by Nick Nootenboom

Sprig of That talks new album "Eight Threads" on Scenic Route

Sprig of That is a unique folk trio from the Twin Cities comprised of guitarist Ilan Blanck, fiddler Isabel Dammann, and tabla player Krissy Bergmark. For their latest record, they enlisted the help of eight different composers to write pieces for their unusual instrumentation. Blanck and Bergmark are joined by composer Zack Baltich to chat about how this album "Eight Threads" came together.

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Smokin' Joe talks about "Just Be Kind" series remembering Max Graham

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino is a longtime musician and event organizer in the Twin Cities music scene. He calls in to the Scenic Route to talk about the "Just Be Kind" online concert series in rememberance of his friend and Kind Country frontman Max Graham, who tragically passed away in early March. 

The series is running primarily on Facebook through March 21st, with more information here.

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Sarah Morris talks new EP on Scenic Route

Twin Cities songwriter Sarah Morris has a new EP coming March 2st called Between Here and There that features a number of collaborations with other artists. She talks about the upcoming release along with making her 2020 album All Mine on the Scenic Route.

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album cover "Social Distance Anxiety Disorder"

Dan Israel talks about new songs and pandemic creativity on Scenic Route

Dan Israel is a longtime singer-songwriter from St. Louis Park with two new singles out, "Pandemic Blues" and "Late at Night" coming on the heels of his 2020 album Social Distance Anxiety Disorder. He chats with Will Moore about all the new songs and navigating a pandemic world as a musician over the last year.

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Listen to the TIP Jar Minifest archive

Last Friday saw another edition of the TIP Jar Minifest, a now monthly block of music where 3 local and regional artists play whole virtual music sets on WTIP. Pete Kavanaugh, Christopher David Hanson, and Mysterious Ways all put on terrific performances. The series will continue each final Friday of the month, through the spring.

 

You can find the archive of the most recent and all past sets here.

More information about the TIP Jar musicians fund can be found at cookcountychamber.org

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Annie and the Bang Bang (Annie Enneking, far left, Kari Tweiten middle right)

Annie and the Bang Bang and "Loveland" on Scenic Route

Annie and the Bang Bang are a four-piece band from the Twin Cities who recently came out with an album called "Loveland", full of loud and hard-hitting original songs. Will Moore speaks with Annie Enneking and Kari Tweiten about songwriting at sleepovers, the bands beloved mascot, and more.

You can find out more information about the album on the group's Bandcamp.

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Lady Spruce album cover - art by Eric Gjerdingen

Lady Spruce talk about debut album on Sidetracks

Will Moore is joined by the trio of Julia Floberg, Isabel Damman, and Aubrey Weger known as Lady Spruce. The folk trio has at last released their debut, self-titled album full of both original and traditional songs and some pop standards interwoven with fiddle tunes of old. You can find more about the new record at their Bandcamp.

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Dharma Hounds talk debut album on Scenic Route

Dharma Hounds is a group from the Twin Cities whose sound ranges from "from Americana Psycho-Billy to Northern 'Peat-Bog' Boogie Rock". Guitarist Drew Druckrey and keyboardist John Reinhart explain what that could possibly mean, and more about their self-titled debut album which came out in January. 

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Listen to the TIP Jar Minifest archive

Each Friday evening in January, WTIP had 3 artists play a whole hour of music live over the air from remote settings for the TIP Jar Minifest.

You can find more information about the TIP Jar musicians fund at cookcountychamber.org.

Those artists were:

1/8 - Michael Monroe, Adam Moe, Gordon Thorne with Jim Elverhoy

1/15 - Joe Paulik, The Sapsuckers, Bug Dope

1/22 - Chris Gillis with Thomas Stamps, John Gruber, Jim McGowan

1-28 - Kenna Rose, Jim and Michele Miller, Bump Blomberg

You can hear all those archived performances here.

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Scenic Route: Chris Holm and The Federales become The Looneys

Minnesota folk songwriter Chris Holm has teamed up with Minneapolis honky-tonk country band The Federales along with some other area musicians to comprise the Looneys, a new group born out of playing and writing music remotely during the 2020 pandemic. Holm, along with James Gould and Mark Larsen of the Federales, join Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about their new single "Days Crawl By", along with each of their new records from earlier in the year, and some of their great new original Christmas songs.

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