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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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Common Ground

Common Ground play on the Scenic Route

Common Ground is a relatively new musical trio in Cook County. Featuing Drew Heinonen on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Steckelberg on bass, and Bob Lamettry on cajon and percussion, they have a very unique, rhythmic sound complimented by Heinonen's raspy vocals. This is their first time on the Scenic Route, playing original songs and covering blues tunes.

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Jeff Olson aka J. Francis Olson

J. Francis Olson and "One Long Tomorrow" on the Scenic Route

J. Francis Olson is a blues and americana guitarist living in Burnsville. His album "One Long Tomorrow" was created through counseling after dealing with issues of sexual abuse in his childhood, and has gone on to be named 2016's best Americana album by the Akademia group in California. He joins host Will Moore on the Scenic Route to perform songs with rich melodies and thoughtful, hopeful lyrics.

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Liz Draper and Mumblin' Drew at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais.

Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper stop by WTIP

Ahead of a show at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, Twin Cities musicians Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper play together on the air with Will Moore and Carl Solander.

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The Pines play at Papa Charlie's. Members are Alex Ramsey (far left), Benson Ramsey (middle right) and David Huckfelt (far right

The Pines talk new EP, recent projects on the Scenic Route

The Pines are a Minneapolis-based trio who grew up in Iowa, creating a unique kind of folk music that mixes acoustic and electric guitars with etherial tones and wispy vocals. They speak with host Will Moore about their new EP entitled "Pasture II", as well as their other recent projects, touring, and getting to work with the late John Trudell. 

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Dessa

Dessa talks about her big year on the Scenic Route

Dessa is a writer, spoken word artist, and rapper with the Minneapolis hip hip collective Doomtree. She talks with host Will Moore about meeting Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and recording a track for The Hamilton Mixtape, her upcoming show with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as strangeness and changes in her touring lifestyle. This interview aired ahead of her concert with FRAEA at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen.

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FRAEA is Jessie Daley (left) and Drew Preiner.

Jessie Daley of FRAEA on the Scenic Route

FRAEA is the Minneapolis-based electronic duo of singer Jessie Daley and Drew Preiner. Playing what they call "shadow pop", their sound features dark tones and heavy beats under Daley's light and etherial vocals. Daley talked to Will Moore about the group andtheir first EP "Bend Your Bones" ahead of a show with Dessa at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen.

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Joe Dunn at Papa Charlie's

Joe Dunn of Frogleg on the Scenic Route

Frogleg is a genre-blending 6-piece jam band from Minneapolis that got their start as a house band at Bunker's Music Bar and Grille. Guitarist and vocalist Joe Dunn speaks with host Will Moore about the band's unique sound and how quickly things have moved since their first album in 2015. They played as part of Lutsen Mountain's Lake Effect festival at Papa Charlie's.

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Boyd "Bump" Blomberg

Boyd Blomberg on open mic nights and Pushing Chain's year

Boyd "Bump" Blomberg has long been a mainstay of the local music scene in Cook County. He speaks with Scenic Route host Will Moore about his experiences hosting the open mic night at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen, as well as what his duo Pushing Chain has been up to and has in front of them in 2017.

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Charlie Bruber (photo: Alex Stevens and Danielle Kennedy)

Bass player Charlie Bruber on the Scenic Route

Charlie Bruber is an electric bass player from the Twin Cities currently playing with the groups Tabah and Black Market Brass, an afrobeat dance ensemble. Ahead of a show at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen, he speaks with host Will Moore about how he came to love African music, recording in Nashville, and how his life has changed since college. 

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Eira, with Jim Ofthsun middle right.

Duluth-based Celtic group Eira brings "Glen Tidings"

Eira (pronounce EH-ra) is a five-piece group from the Duluth area playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, and beyond. They recently released a new holiday themed album called "Glen Tidings", featuring a wide array of seasonal songs. The band's Jim Ofthsun speaks with host Will Moore about the album and playing Celtic music around Lake Superior.

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