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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:
Kris Sheehan (left) and Jake Froelke of American Feedbag

American Feedbag on the Scenic Route

American Feedbag is a country/Americana duo musically connecting Madison and the Twin Cities. Forming out of Minneapolis band the Reverb Country Dusters, Kris Sheehan and Jake Froelke bring true American music back to its roots and basic elements with meaningful, emotional lyrics and classic songwriting. With the release of a new EP. they joined Will Moore on the Scenic Route coming off a show at Skyport Lodge.

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Ari and Chris Silver at the Gunflint Tavern

Father and son Chris and Ari Silver on the Scenic Route

Chris Silver hails from River Falls, WI, and has been playing Americana music around the region since the early 90s. His group the Chris Silver Band features his 17-year old son Ari on bass, guitar and vocals as well. The two of them stop by WTIP to play live on the Scenic Route. 

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Sara Pajunen and Rachael Kilgour of Sound an Echo (photo by Hilary Stein)

Sound an Echo comes to Grand Marais

Sound an Echo is a new duo project consisting of Minnesota musicians Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen. Combining Rachael's songwriting focus and Sara's experience with classical music and Finnish tunes, they recreate traditional songs in a striking and uniquely balanced sound on guitar and fiddle. They join host Will Moore ahead of a house concert in Grand Marais.

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Skyler Hawkins

North House's Skyler Hawkins on the Scenic Route

Skyler Hawkins is an intern at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He shares his Duluth jugband-honed banjo skills with Will Moore and special co-host Carl Solander on the Scenic Route.

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Axtell

Axtell returns to Scenic Route with "Traveler"

Axtell, the duo of Cook County native Katrina Axtell and Julain Hernandez of Argentina, return to Scenic Route to talk about their latest tours, videos, songs, and adventures. They arrive ahead of the release show of their second EP "Traveler" at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. This is the third time they've been featured on the show. 

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Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble

Mike Debevec wants to Hear Our Voices

Local jazz pianist and composer Mike Debevec is looking for volunteers for a new jazz choir to perform at a special Bethlehem Lutheran Church service. The project is called "Hearing Our Voices" and will culminate in a recording of the choir singing with his group Sky Blue Ensemble. He speaks with Will Moore about details.

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The Sea The Sea, left to right: Steve Schuss, Cara May Gorman, Mira Stanley, Chuck E. Costa

The Sea The Sea performs live on Sidetracks

The Sea The Sea is an Albany, NY based indie folk duo of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Joined by Cara May Gorman and Steve Struss, they create a captivating sound with powerful harmoines. Hear them play a sound-rich, soulful set live on WTIP's Sidetracks ahead of their performance at Papa Charlie's Monday songwriter series.

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Jeremy Messersmith plays in Studio A

Jeremy Messersmith is "Overly Optimistic" on the Scenic Route

Jeremy Messersmith has been writing clever and meaningful songs in the Twin Cities for over a decade. His latest project is a songbook entitled "11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele", a recording and collection of sheet music of tunes about kittens, rainbows, unicorns, and anything sparkly and sugar-sweet.

He speaks to host Will Moore about switching from guitar to uke, the post-election sequestering that inspired the songbook, idealistic futures, and his "Only in Minnesota" micro-tour hitting up unusual Minnesota locales.

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Cover of Aisling

James Moors talks "Aisling" on the Scenic Route

Folk duo Moors & McCumber released their latest Kickstarter-backed album "Aisling" on St Patrick's Day. It's fitting choice considering it's an all Irish record inspired by their many guided trips to the Emerald Isle. Host Will Moore talks with multi-instrumentalist James Moors about what went into making "Aisling", adventures in Ireland, staying in touch with his counterpart Kort McCumber, and playing on the North Shore.

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Gold Experience cover

Jim Walsh on "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s"

Jim Walsh is an award-winning journalist, author, and songwriter who has written for MinnPost and City Pages, and has been deeply entwined in the Twin Cities music scene for many years. His latest book, "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s" explores Minnesota's most iconic performer during a decade where his new work became largely overlooked. He speaks with host Will Moore on the Scenic Route to discuss Prince shows, songs, the love symbol, as well as conversations (and basketball) with the Purple One himself.

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