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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:
Katy Vernon

Katy Vernon interview on Scenic Route

Katy Vernon is a singer/songwriter from White Bear Lake, originally from London. She says she plays "sad songs on a happy instrument" and often uses upbeat, lively music to express heavy themes in her songs. With a new album freshly recorded, she speaks with Will Moore on Scenic Route ahead of her performance at the Stars of the North festival in Grand Marais.



The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League at Wunderbar

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League on WTIP

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League is a five-piece band out of the Twin Cities that brings the swing and gypsy jazz sound of the PRohibition era back to life. On the heels of their 2017 album Masquerade , the group is already getting ready for their sophomore release his fall. They join Will Moore for a special Scenic Route Saturday in-studio performance ahead of a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League is...

Daniel Rosen - guitar
Alan Peterson- guitar
Jonathan Halquist - fiddle
Peter Whiteman- bass
Kellie Reichart- vocals


L to R: Philip Rampi, Josh Cleveland, Dustin Smith

Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band rock the Scenic Route

Josh Cleveland's powerful voice, backed up by three highly skilled players, lifted WTIP's Studio A to new heights and impressed crowds at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais over the weekend. Hear their full performance and interview with Will Moore on the Scenic Route below.

The band is:
Josh Cleveland - vocals, guitar
Dustin Smith - guitar, mandolin
Philip Rampi - upright bass
Eric Smith - drums



The Ladies Music Club

The Ladies Music Club returns (again!) on Scenic Route

The Ladies Music Club, a quintet of St. Paul women, once again make their annual venture up north in the hopes to see a moose in the flesh on the Gunflint Trail. They brought with them stellar harmonies and intriguing covers as well as new original songs. Listen in for their special Thursday music session with Will Moore, in what has become an annual (and incredibly fun) WTIP tradition.


Courtney Yasmineh

Courtney Yasmineh with Rob Genadek on Sidetracks

Courtney Yasmineh is a Chicago-born songwriter  and author based in the Twin Cities, whose creative journey started as a teenager -running away to a family cabin the Northland, searching for the spirit of Bob Dylan and studying song. She joins host Will Moore along with producer/percussionist Rob Genadek for special morning live music session on Sidetracks.


The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

A Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers weekend on WTIP

Joe Hart an Nikki Grossman are the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, playing polka, country, and classic American tunes with an old-time vibe. They appeared on a slew of WTIP programs during the weekend of July 6-8th, talking about their travels, living in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and about their latest record release "Don't THink About Tomorrow Tonight". Find their full live music session with Carl Solander below, along with their interview with Will Moore on Scenic Route, as well as their appearance during another special music session with folkie Ellen Stekart on Women in Music.


Doris Folkens

Ontario's Doris Folkens talks about family and music on new debut album

Doris Folkens is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Guelph, Ontario who's debut album focused on transforming stories from her family's past into song. Her self-titled album documents songs about emigration to Canada, World War II, and saving the family piano through any means necessary. Hear her full interview with Will Moore below:


Kyle Ollah

Kyle Ollah plays live on WTIP

Kyle Ollah is a Duluth-born multi-instrumentalist and player of various American music styles. He joins Will Moore ahead of a show at Voyageur Brewing to talk about discovering and selecting traditional tunes, including those on his new album "Used to Wear That Old Straw Hat, But Now You Wear the Crown". The record is his first full-length solo release.


Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich play at Voyageur Brewing. Photo by Jim McGowan.

Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison play live on WTIP

Northland jazz guitar wizards Briand Morrison of Grand Portage and Sam Miltich of Grand Rapids come to WTIP's Studio to join host Tyler Howell for a special live music session ahead of a number of Cook County gigs.


Big Dixie Swingers at Wunderbar

Big Dixie Swingers live on Blues n Things

The Big Dixie Swingers are a musical collective out of the New Orleans area focusing on revitalizing old-time and Western swing hits, as well as what banjo player and vocalist Elizabeth Gunn Bushnell calls "30's trash pop". Appearing ahead of a NSMA sponsored show at the Wunderbar, they play live in WTIP's Studio A alongside hosts Carl Solander and Joni Peterson, featuring special guest guitarist Jack Klatt.