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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.


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Dessa at Papa Charlie's

Dessa returns to North Shore on Scenic Route

Minneapolis hip hop artist Dessa returns to Papa Charlie's on the North Shore, and to the WTIP airwaves talking to Will Moore on the Scenic Route. She talks about her upcoming album Chime, how a trip to Turkey inspired its first single "Fire Drills", outlines an upcoming international tour, and praises her supporting acts. 

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Jessa Roquet

Jessa Roquet of Gambler's Daughter on Scenic Route

Jessa Roquet is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the St. Paul band Gambler's Daughter. Describing her sound as "poetic folk rock", she blends alternative guitar riffs with rich vocals and inspired lyrics to create something that defies genres. She visits with Will Moore about the group's debut self-titled EP, starting out in a family folk band, and new songs ahead of a show at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

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Andrew D. Huber

Andrew D. Huber on the Scenic Route

Andrew D. Huber is a songwriter hailing from northern Illinois, though his roots run through St. Paul, and his heart is called to the North Shore. An annual performer in the area, he joins Will Moore amidst the release of his latest album "Mockingbird Gallows". He tells the stories behind his songs and talks about the Celtic influence in his music. 

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Charlie Parr at WTIP

Charlie Parr returns to Scenic Route with new songs from "Dog"

Duluth's blues guitarist Charlie Parr returns to WTIP with another great live performance and interview. He tells host Will Moore about recent touring, recording his new album "Dog", and how opening up about longtime clinical depression has permeated his new songs. 

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The Federales. Photo by Darin Kamnetz

A chat with The Federales on the Scenic Route

The Federales are an alternative country band based out of Minneapolis that modernizes classic country elements to create a timeless, enjoyable sound with wonderfully fun and inspired songwriting. Will Moore is joined by lead songwriter Ben Miller and guitarist James Gould to talk about the group ahead of a New Year's Eve performance at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marias.

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Chris Gillis animatedly playing piano

Chris Gillis donates childhood piano to local church

Chris Gillis started his road towards a musical life by playing on a special 1914 Mason & Hamline piano with his father Frank, a professional pianist. That piano now sits in the main sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in grand Marais. Gillis donated the piano after it was kept in his family's cabin, and has no shortage of fond memories playing it. Will Moore talks to him as he plays the newly restored instrument.

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Heatbox

The beatboxing Heatbox on the Scenic Route

Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe. He talks to Will Moore about his process and lets his unique personality out.

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Teri Quinn

Kansas City banjo player Teri Quinn live on WTIP

Teri Quinn delves into dark tones and dark, personal moments to create hauntingly beautiful songs for voice and banjo. Finishing up a fall tour from the deep south going north, the Kansas City-based songwriter makes a stop at Grand Marais' Wunderbar, and joins Will Moore live on WTIP for an in-studio performance.

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Reina del Cid

Reina del Cid talks "Rerun City"

Reina del Cid is a songwriter/guitarist from Minneapolis about to release her third full length album "Rerun City". She joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about what went into making the record, the concepts behind it's title and key tracks, meeting her bandmates, and their plans to support the new album into the next year. 

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John Munson

The New Standards' John Munson on Scenic Route

John Munson is a Minneapolis-based bass player who's been a mainstay in the Twin Cities music scene for decades, starting out with the groups Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic. Most of his work now is with The New Standards, a jazz trio comprised of himself along with Chan Polling of the Suburbs and Steve Roehm. Coming up to Papa Charlie's in Lutsen for one of their annual holiday shows, he talks with Will Moore about arranging hit songs in a jazz style, making a holiday show spectacle, and possible returns to some of his various projects. 

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