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"The Scenic Route" features local and regional music (fensterbme/Flickr)

  • Friday 4-5pm
Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.

What's On:
Gordon Thorne, Randy Sabien, Jim Elverhoy

Gordon Thorne, Randy Sabien, Jim Elverhoy on WTIP

Wisconsin fiddler Randy Sabien joins local guitarist Gordon Thorne and harmonica player Jim Elverhoy for special live music session. 


Ghost Wagon

Ghost Wagon interview on Scenic Route

Ghost Wagon is a band out of the Twin Cities with country rock vibes and a second album on the way. Lead singer and songwriter Chuck Nelson and guitarist John Mack join Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about their music ahead of a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.


The Federales

The Federales make Scenic Route debut

The Federales are a country rock band from Minneapolis, proudly playing a truly American style of music in the North. With a new sophomore album on the horizon, they join Will Moore and Joni Peterson on the Scenic Route ahead of a long Labor Day weekend full of shows at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais.

The Federales are:
Ben Miller - guitar, vocals
James Gould- electric guitar
Mark Larson - drums
Chris Holm- bass
Jay Scabich - fiddle


Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing returns to The Scenic Route

Acclaimed Minnesota bluegrass band Monroe Crossing returns to the North Shore for their annual performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Hear them play five rousing songs live on the air and talk about life on the road, playing music on cruises, and a new album that combines choral music with their signature bluegrass sound.

Monroe Crossing is:

Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, vocals
Matt Thompson - mandolin, vocals
Derek Johnson - guitar, vocals
David Robinson - banjo, harmonica, vocals
Mark Anderson - bass, vocals


Easy Riders in Studio A

Easy Riders play live on WTIP

Easy Riders are a trio out of Peoria, Illinois mixing hard rock, blues, and jam rock into a compelling and virtuosic performance. Playing a slew of gigs throughout Cook County, the group found time to give listeners a taste of their music in WTIP's Studio A.

Easy Riders are:
Mike Miller - guitar, vocals
Aaron Miller - bass, backing vocals
Bob Kelly - drums, vocals


The Lark and the Loon

The Lark and The Loon play live on Scenic Route

Folk duo The Lark and the Loon trekked up to the North Shore from their Ozark Mountain home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to play at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais. Despite their southern residence, Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen took their band name from the state birds of their home states, Minnesota and Montana respectively. With a fresh new sophomore album "Homestead Hands" and another record already on the horizon, they play new music for Will Moore and Carl Solander on Scenic Route.


Ian Tamblyn

Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn on Scenic Route

Ian Tamblyn is a Juno-award winning folk songwriter hailing from the Thunder Bay area, now living in Quebec. With a career spanning 5 decades, 38 albums, and over 1,000 songs, he's known for traveling to distant, isolated places in the great white North to write songs and get inspired by the qualities of northern places. His music is featured on WTIP's Boundary Waters Podcast. He joins Will Moore for an in-studio session after a performance at the Red Rock Folk Festival in Ontario and talks about adventuring, his latest album "Let it Go", and what it means to experience the Lake Superior region.


Doug Otto and the Getaways

Doug Otto and the Getaways on WTIP

Doug Otto and the Getaways from the Twin Cities bring a country vibe to the Northland with a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais. Members of the band joined Will Moore for a live in-studio session featuring new songs from their latest album "Waltz of Pain".


Doug Otto- guitar and vocals
John Bailey- upright bass
Chris Gray - cardboard percussion


James Moors (left) and Kort McCumber

Moors & McCumber play live on WTIP

The talented duo of James Moors and Kort McCumber stopped by WTIP's studio  A ahead of a benefit show at Seagull Fire Hall up the Gunflint Trail. Hear live performances of three new songs from their upcoming album "Acrobats" as they join host Will Moore for an interview.


L to R: Michael Rossetto, David Huckfelt, Frankie Lee

David Huckfelt and Frankie Lee with Michael Rossetto on WTIP

During their summer "Great Northern Tour",  Twin Cities musicians David Huckfelt of The Pines, Frankie Lee, and Michael Rossetto headed to Grand Marais for a show at the Wunderbar. They also stopped by WTIP for a live in-studio performance. You'll hear a new song from David's upcoming album "Stranger Angels" written during an artist residency on Isle Royale, the story of how Frankie Lee met Merle Haggard on his first day in Nashville, all about the acquisition of Greg Brown's RV, and a special song for Rainbow Trout.