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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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Kevin Buck at WTIP in 2019 - photo by Will Moore

Kevin Buck returns for live virtual performance on Scenic Route

Kevin Buck is a musician from the Duluth area and an increasingly frequent entertainer along the North Shore and in the Twin Ports. He joins Will Moore over the internet to play live on Scenic Route, talk drones, and show off his musical gadgets.

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Artists up Gunflint Trail during production of Echoes from Iron Ore

Echoes From Iron Ore - new album recorded outside BWCA

Echoes from Iron Ore is an upcoming album recorded in a tiny cabin at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness up the Gunflint Trail. The project is headed by Chris O'Brien, a St. Paul based guitarist with the band Enchanted Ape who sought the help of musicians from a number of Minnesota groups like Trampled by Turtles, Dead Man Winter, The May North, and many others to complete the album. O'Brien, along with the cabin's owner Brady Barnstable, talk about the production of the record.

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Ben Miller from the cover of "Try to Think"

Ben Miller has new single "Try To Think"

Ben Miller is a member of the Federales out of the Twin Cities, who's also released solo recordings over the last few years. He joins host Will Moore from Brooklyn, NY to talk about his new single "Try To Think" and future projects.

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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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Just Be Kind poster

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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