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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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Moonshine Mountain

Montana's Moonshine Mountain hits the Scenic Route

Moonshine Mountain (Rio Mattole on guitar and Cory Chopp on mandolin) are an Americana group from Columbia Falls, Mont., just south of Glacier National Park. Cory was born in Virginia, Minn., and the two are touring Minnesota for the first time after numerous expeditions playing gigs out west. They join host Will Moore on the Scenic Route. 

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John Adler AKA Sonofmel

Sonofmel's "Springtime in a Foreign City" on the Scenic Route

Sonofmel is the pseudonym of John Adler of Hayward, WI. He's a musician and storyteller who draws inspiration from world travels and an incredible myriad of jobs and life experiences. He has a new album out called "Springtime in a Foreign City," featuring songs about his time in Turkey, stories of meeting Johnny Cash, and WTIP's own hometown of Grand Marais! He speaks with host Will Moore about all this and so much more.

 

 

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Richard Smith, Gordon Thorne, Tom Schaefer

Fingerstyle Masters preview - Richard Smith on Scenic Route

Richard Smith is world-renowned Nashville-based guitarist hailing originally from south of London. His influences range from Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to Merle Travis and Django Reinhardt. Having played and recorded with Tommy Emmanuel and other master guitarists, he comes to the North Shore for the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend in Tofte. He is joined by Gordon Thorne and Tom Schaefer for a wild and impromptu jam session on the Scenic Route ahead of the weekend.

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Jim McGowan

Jim McGowan's first appearance on the Scenic Route

Jim McGowan is a musician living in St. Paul who frequents the North Shore to play gigs and experience the area he loves. He plays songs and talks with host Will Moore about getting his start playing guitar at a camp in Colorado and special guitars he's owned over the years. 

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Jon Kallberg

Jon Kallberg's enthralling Scenic Route debut

Jon Kallberg started out as a bass player in a band that played country hits, but nowadays he jams and weaves tunes on an array of unique guitars, including the 12 string harp guitars. His sound is full of percussion, hypnotic drones and lively melodies. He plays for the first time on the Scenic Route and talks with Will Moore about his instruments and style.

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Kind Country at Papa Charlie's. Max Graham middle right on mandolin.

Kind Country's Max Graham on the Scenic Route

Kind Country is a jamming newgrass band from Minneapolis that provides high-energy performances and new takes on old favorite tunes, as well as original music. Vocalist and mandolinist Max Graham calls in from the road to chat with host Will Moore ahead of the band's show at Papa Charlie's, as well as an appearance by his duo side project Mix & Match at the Gunflint Tavern.

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Cornmeal's Chris Gangi plays a 5-string electric upright bass

Cornmeal's Chris Gangi on the Scenic Route

Cornmeal is a 5-piece band from Chicago that blends bluegrass instrumentation with rock, blues, and jam elements into a creative sound and enticing technical showmanship. Bass player Chris Gangi spoke with host Will Moore ahead of their return to Papa Charlie's, touching on their hometown's influence on their sound, recording, and life on the road.

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Chris Koza

Chris Koza interview on the Scenic Route

Chris Koza is a Portland, OR native who made his way to Minnesota and the Minneapolis music scene after going to school at St. Olaf College in Northfield. He's been recording music in the state for over a decade now, both under his own name and as the lead singer of the group Rogue Valley, who's latest album Radiate/Dissolve was released last summer. He speaks with host Will Moore ahead of his show at Papa Charlie's Monday night songwriter series.

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Patsy O'Brien (left) and Dick Hensold

Dick Hensold and Patsy O'Brien live on WTIP

Two Twin Cities-based Irish musicians, guitarist Patsy O'Brien and Northumbrian smallpipes player Dick Hensold, stop by WTIP to play music for hosts Carl Solander and Will Moore ahead of a Saturday show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee of The Lowest Pair.

The Lowest Pair's Kendl Winter on the Scenic Route

Kendl Winter is one-half of the group The Lowest Pair, playing banjo and guitar. From starting off in Arkansas surrounded by both orchestral and punk music, to moving to Washington and playing in a string band, she's had a very interesting musical journey. The Lowest Pair released two new albums in 2016, and are preparing for their first European tour this summer. She speaks with host Will Moore on the Scenic Route.

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