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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:
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.


Jacob Mahon

Jacob Mahon interview on Scenic Route

19-year-old Duluth musician Jacob Mahon says his biggest influences are Tom Waits and the Muppets. That becomes immediately apparent with his expressive, growling vocal performance of often goofy yet creative, rambling lyrics. With a debut album out called "Llamaless", he joins Will Moore by phone for an interview ahead of a performance at Skyport Lodge.


Tim Styles

Tim Styles comes home, plays live on WTIP

Tim Styles is an Americana musician and songwriter currently living in Bakersfield, CA, but was born and raised in Grand Marais.  He stopped by WTIP during a rare trip back to his hometown. He speaks with Will Moore about his inspirations for songwriting, his latest rock-and-roll tinged EP " Pilgrim Road", and making the move from Minnesota to Nashville and beyond.


True Grass Trio

True Grass Trio plays live on Scenic Route

True Grass is a talented and experienced bluegrass group hailing from all over Northern Wisconsin. Before a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais, they stop by WTIP for a live in-studio session with their old friend Carl Solander - taking over this week's edition of Scenic Route.

True Grass Trio is:
Jed Malischke - banjo, dobro, vocals 
Bruce Qualey -bass, vocals
Tom Draughon - guitar, vocals



Nick Muska and Lauren Cooper

Cooper & Muska make radio debut on WTIP

Nick Muska and Lauren Cooper are an Americana duo from Superior, Wisconsin. Despite having only been playing together for less than a year, they have already developed terrific chemistry while songwriting and performing. They make their radio debut on WTIP during a segment with Will Moore and Carl Solander.


The Sea The Sea in Studio A

The Sea The Sea returns to the North Shore and Sidetracks

The Sea The Sea returned to Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series as a halfway point on their current tour in support for their latest album Into the Light. The four-piece group from upstate New York dropped by WTIP during Sidetracks with Will Moore to play a couple of new tracks from the record in a stripped-down acoustic setting. 

The Sea The Sea is:

Chuck Costa - guitar/vocals
Mira Costa - guitar/keys/vocals
Cara May Gorman - vocals/synths
Steve Schuss - drums/percussion


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.