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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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Ann Reed cycling

Ann Reed calls in to The Scenic Route

Ann Reed is a Minnesota born songwriter who's career spans over 30 years and 20 albums. With witty, meaningful lyrics and a penchant for weaving storytelling with her music, she' s written hundreds of songs.  Will Moore spoke with her by phone ahead of her show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival on Scenic Route

Daniel Rodriguez is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter with the Colorado-based group Elephant Revival. The band is renowned for the ways the meld styles and cross-continental influences into a unique folky sound. Will Moore reached Daniel in Boulder, CO ahead of the group's performances at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and Festival Palomino in Minneapolis to talk about the band's latest release, Petals, and coming to the Lake Superior region.

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Wayne Horvitz and his piano

Wayne Horvitz brings "21 Pianos" to Studio A

Seattle-based composer Wayne Horvitz is travelling the state of Minnesota with what he calls a "wildly out of tune" piano, sampling Minnesotans playing to be compiled into new, electronic music pieces. The project is called "21 Pianos" and is made possible by the McKnight foundation. On his trip to the North Shore, he visited WTIP, where employee pianists Sherri Lindskog, Martha Marnocha, and Will Moore, tested out his jarring keys to expand their idea of what sonic elements make people enjoy music.

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Derek Smith

Derek Smith thrives on music in New Zealand

Derek Smith has been absent from the Cook County music scene for the last year or so, having packed up and left for New Zealand to start a new life from scratch. Always needing music in his life, he found a wealth of opportunities down under. Will Moore speaks with him on his brief visit back to Grand Marais.

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Amy Grillo and Gene Lafond

Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo harmonize on Scenic Route

With a brand new album called "The Northland Sessions",  local artists Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo make their Scenic Route debut with a number of excellent original tunes. 

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Jordana Greenburg

Jordana Greenburg of Harpeth Rising on the Scenic Route

Jordana Greenburg is the fiddler of the progressive Americana group Harpeth Rising. While on the road to the group's show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, Will Moore chatted with her by phone. She talks about the trio's musical education and songwriting as well as the making of their latest album "Shifted".

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Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster on the Scenic route

Ruthie Foster is a Grammy nominated blues, folk, and gospel singer from the Austin, TX area. Her voice has been compared  to the likes of Aretha Franklinand Mavis Staples, and has won several national blues awards over the past 15 years. Will Moore caught up with her by phone as she awaited her flight to Wisconsin for a show at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI the wekeend of August 20th.

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Billy D

Playing with Billy D on the Scenic Route

Bill Doucette, also known as Billy D, is a longtime resident of Cook County who writes songs about life and community in the Northland. He requested for host Will Moore to play along with some of his songs during this unique and heartfelt performance on the Scenic Route.

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John McEuen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen on the Scenic Route

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recently started their 50th Anniversary tour, making a stop at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI. Founding member John McEuen spoke with Will Moore prior to their shows, talking about the band's origins as well as the unique recording process and crew of master musicians and he's assembled for his new album "Made in Brooklyn".

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Prodigals Adrift

Prodigals Adrift make radio debut on the Scenic Route

Joel Robertson and Abraham Westlund are St. Paul teenagers and longtime friends coming together to make music, playing guitar and cajon respectively. Creating powerful folk-rock, they make their radio debut ahead of a show at Cascade Lodge Pub with host Will Moore.

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