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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:
Reina del Cid (left) and Toni Lindgren

Reina del Cid live session on The Scenic Route

Reina del Cid is a singer-songwriter from Fargo, ND and based out of Minneapolis. Along with her group the Cidizens, she crafts songs based in literary influences with clever lyrics. She and guitarist Toni Lindgren join Will Moore for a live session on The Scenic Route, talking about musical inspirations and playing songs from their new album "The Cooling".


Peter Mayer

Peter Mayer interview on The Scenic Route

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Stillwater, MN based singer songwriter Peter Mayer is interviewed by Will Moore on The Scenic Route. He talks about balancing family and a music career, how technology has changed songwriting, and his upcoming show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.


Lee, Ryan, and Vinnie of The Last Revel

The Last Revel blows the lid off the Scenic Route

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The Last Revel is a roots/bluegrass band currently based in Minneapolis. Before bringing the house down at the Gunflint Tavern two nights in a row, they stopped by the Scenic Route to give a powerful live performance in Studio A.


Gordon Thorne

Gordon Thorne, Mike Dowling, Randy Sabien jam out on The Scenic Route

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Local guitarist extrordiniare Gordon Thorne comes on the Scenic Route along with master fiddler Randy Sabien and fingerstyle master Mike Dowling of Wyoming to showcase their skills for the 5th Annual Fingerstyle Master's Weekend in Tofte. They pass tunes around for a rousing live set with host Will Moore.



Singleton Street - Live on the Scenic Route

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Twin Cities suburbs-based band Singleton Street plays a mix of bluegrass, old-time gospel, Americana and Celtic music that makes for a rousing good performance. They played a live set on the Scenic Route before their performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts' Grand Marais Ole Opry.


Dedric Clark (middle right) and the Social Animals

Dedric Clark and the Social Animals - Full Live Set on Sidetracks

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Dedric Clark and the Social Animals are a band originally from the Duluth area, now based in Portland, OR.  After recording an album in Nashville, they travelled back through the Northland to conclude the first half of a tour around the US, and made their live WTIP debut on a special edition of Sidetracks with Will Moore.

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Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean is back with "Darker Than Blue"

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Former WTIP News Director Barbara Jean Meyers has a new record coming out on November 18th entitled "Darker Than Blue". She stops by The Scenic Route to talk about recording the album, inspiration for songs, and the musicians she worked with to make her second album a reality.


James Everest (left) and Joel Pickard

Blackfish - the music of James Everest and Joel Pickard

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Blackfish is a unique, experimental musical duo comprised of James Everest and Joel Pickard. They came to Grand Marais with Emily Johnson's dance project Catalyst to perform "The Thank-You Bar", an storytelling dance performance using a variety of media and live music. James and Joel talk about taking the show all over the country and their post-show improv performances as Blackfish. We also hear a taste of several of their other musical projects. 

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John Mark Nelson

John Mark Nelson brings his talents to Grand Marais

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Twin Cities singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on October 4th. The 20-year-old is already making a splash in the Minnesota music scene with his folk-pop sound. Will Moore spoke with him over the phone on The Scenic Route about his rapid success and his new album "Sings the Moon", as well as the show at the Arrowhead.


Robin Eschner

Composer prepares to capture John Beargrease race in music

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California composer Robin Eschner has been awarded a grant to compose a piece of music to accompany the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Race along the North Shore. She's been up in Cook County visiting with mushers and musicians for inspiration. Will Moore spoke with her on The Scenic Route to learn more about her trip north and creative process.