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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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Charlie Parr- photo by Will Moore

Charlie Parr plays live on Blues n' Things

Duluth blues guitarist Charlie Parr returns to WTIP - this time on Blues n' Things with Carl Solander. Will Moore also joins as Charlie plays some of his new material on the air. He chats with Carl and Will about his latest self-titled album, his new experimental trio Portal III, and shares some of his formative musical memories of neighborhood polka bands and his favorite blues records.

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Humbird - L to R: Pete Quirsfeld, Pat Keen, Siri Undlin - photos by Will Moore

Humbird performs live on Scenic Route

Humbird is the musical project of Minneapolis songwriter Siri Undlin, who on her new album Pharmakon, explores mythological women and how their experiences would apply to our modern American life. She plays live on the air along with Pat Keen on bass and Pete Quirsfeld on percussion and keys, bringing a unique and rich sound to the airwaves.

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The Cactus Blossoms - photo by Graham Tolbert via Facebook

Interview with The Cactus Blossoms on Sidetracks

Twin Cities country-folk group The Cactus Blossoms, led by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, return to the North Shore for a weekend of music a Papa Charlie's in Lutsen. In an interview with Will Moore on Sidetracks, they talk about the new sound to their latest album Easy Way, how they write songs that have lasting meaning, and what it was like to featured on Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return series.

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Odd Man Out - photo by Will Moore

Odd Man Out jam on Wheels of Fire

Odd Man Out features local musicians Drew Heinonen and Jonathan Steckelberg on guitar and bass respectively, along with Chris Paquette of Chicago on percussion. A childhood friend of Drew's, Chris plays djembe drum and all sorts of diverse percussion in furious fashion. They join Will Moore and Ann Possis on the air as the first live musical guests on Wheels of Fire!

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Rob and Jill - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route- Rob and Jill debut on WTIP

Rob and Jill are an Americana duo from Hibbing who bring lively tunes to any space they play in, with original music as well as covering songs by their friends and some of their favorite regional artists. Rob Wheeler and Jill Burkes chat with host Will Moore about their music and other interests including Tibetan singing bowls and kombucha.

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Pushing Chain - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route - Pushing Chain round out the year

North Shore favorites Pushing Chain have the distinction of being the last musical guests on Scenic Route of 2019 and the whole decade of the 2010s. Bump Blomberg and Adam Moe share hilarious stories and anecdotes while playing song from their latest record Sorrows Always Swim, and talk about big plans in 2020.

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Kevin Buck - photo by Will Moore

Kevin Buck on Scenic Route

Kevin Buck is a guitarist from Duluth who uses an interesting vocal harmonizer to create rich, new versions of favorite songs in a "choir of angels" style. He joined Will Moore on the Scenic Route during a string of shows in Cook County.

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Borealis Chorale - Photo courtesy of North Shore Music Association

Craig Carnahan and Julia Singer Klatt talk about "The Lingering Light of Day"

"The Lingering Light of Day" is a new original choral piece commissioned for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra's annual Christmas Concert in Grand Marais. It was composed by Craig Carnahan with lyrics by Twin Cities poet Julia Klatt Singer. On the Scenic Route, Will Moore chats with both Carnahan and Singer by phone. They talk about how the collaborated on the piece, how the Grand Marais community's input inspired much of the lyrical imagery, and what they find creatively compelling about the North Shore. 

The world premiere of the piece was performed on December 8th at Bethelem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.

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Special guitar with paulownia and Gunflint Trail blowdown wood - Photo by Drew Heinonen

Local luthier Drew Heinonen makes guitar from trees grown by Jimmy Carter

Local luthier and musician Drew Heinonen has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a specially commissioned guitar made with a rare type of wood grown by former US President Jimmy Carter. Drew talks with host Will Moore about how he got involved with this unique series of instruments being made, and how he's putting a Cook County twist on the guitar that still connects the back to the 39th President himself. 

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Cover of Treepreacher by Joe Paulik - photo by Will Moore

Joe Paulik and Al Oikari talk about new album "Treepreacher" on Scenic Route

Cook County musician Joe Paulik has come out with a new album called "Treepreacher", produced and mixed by Al Oikari and recorded at the Hovland Lutheran Church. Joe and Al join Will Moore on the air to talk about the album, which features new musicians and a number of songs that Joe wrote decades ago that are finally getting a proper release.

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