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Scenic Route

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

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


What's On:
Chris Koza (left) and Peter Sieve

Chris Koza and Peter Sieve live on Scenic Route

Chris Koza and Peter Sieve comprise one half of the band Rogue Valley, and both have been established musicians in the Minneapolis area for over 15 years. Sieve plays with a number of Twin Cities-based groups while Koza has put out a number of albums as a solo artist. They join Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of a show at the Wunderbar to play some songs live and talk about their history together, as well as Chris' upcoming new music.

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Ruthie Foster on guitar with Kate Fitzgerald

Ruthie Foster plays live on the Scenic Route

Ruthie Foster is a blues and gospel singer/guitarist from Austin, TX who has received acclaim and accolades over her career, including receiving The Blues Foundation's Koko Taylor award for traditional blues. Coming fresh off a show at Carnegie Hall, Foster came up to Grand Marais for a show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts before flying off for a European Tour.  She performs in Studio A and talks with Will Moore (as well as Carl Solander and NSMA's Kate Fitzgerald) about her musical upbringing, playing for hurricane relief, her latest album Joy Comes Back, and much more.

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 Nate Case

Nate Case of the Lowland Lakers on Scenic Route

Nate Case is a founding member of The Lowland Lakers, a Minneapolis-based trio with strong ties to Duluth and many other places around the Upper Midwest. Nate joins Will Moore by phone to talk about the band and their upcoming record ahead of a performance at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

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Kevin Kling

Storyteller Kevin Kling on Scenic Route

Kevin Kling is a treasured storyteller and author from Osseo, MN known for being a regular commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered. Performing at the Gunflint Lodge with esteemed accordionist Simone Perrin, he joins host Will Moore by phone to talk about the duo, connecting with audiences, and distinct Minnesotan traits.

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Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr talks about mental health awareness concert

Last week saw a number of notable Northland musicians come out in support of a concert supporting mental health awareness put on by LetsTalk MN. Charlie Parr headlined the show.  In this interview he talks about the show and where people can find resources, as well as his own struggles with clinical depression. He also touches on touring in support for his latest album Dog.

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Dan Israel

Dan Israel talks "You're Free" on Scenic Route

Dan Israel hails from St. Louis Park and has been a prolific performer and songwriter in the Twin Cities since the 1990s. His 14th album "You're Free", has an apt title, precipitating out of the decision to finally quit his job at the state legislature to commit to music full time. He tells Will Moore about the process and effects of that decision and the influences of the record's sound.

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Sound engineer Jerry Lavigne on Scenic Route

If you've ever been to a large music event on the North Shore, chances are the sound you were hearing was at the control of Jerry Lavigne, a Silver Bay based sound mixer known most as the live music engineer at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen. Will Moore sits down with Jerry to learn how he began his career and what it takes to make a live performance sound great. 

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L to R: Frankie Lee, David Huckfelt, Dave Simonett at Papa Charlie's.

David Huckfelt, Dave Simonett, and Frankie Lee on Sidetracks.

The second hour of Monday's Sidetracks with Will Moore was crashed by three great Minnesota songwriters: David Huckfelt of The Pines, Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles, and Frankie Lee. Huckfelt was recently an artist in residence on Isle Royale, where he wrote his upcoming album Stranger Angels . He and Dave Simonett perform a few songs from the record live on-air. The three guests also guest DJed in the second half of the hour.

Listen to the live interview and music with Dave and David below. A link to the full show including the guest DJ picks can be found at http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/show/side-tracks-1-wtip-north-shore-community-radio under April 2.

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Laura Sellner

Laura Sellner of Superior Siren on WTIP

Laura Sellner of Duluth fronts the band Superior Siren, a group of four women known for their "eerie folk" sound that reflects the haunting and icy feel of the Great Lake of their namesake. She joins Will Moore on a special Saturday music session ahead of a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

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Open Stage nights starting at Wunderbar

The Wunderbar in Grand Marais recently started a weekly Open Stage series on Sunday evenings, hosted by Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, for anyone who wants a chance to perform a song, poem, dance, or display other talents. Joe and Jennifer Trowbridge of the Wunderbar join Will Moore on the Scenic Route to give more info.

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