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Scenic Route

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


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Dick Kimmel - photo by Joel Jackson via Facebook

Dick Kimmel interview on Scenic Route

Dick Kimmel is an acclaimed and accomplished bluegrass musician who's been active in the regional bluegrass scene for the past 50 years. A clawhammer banjo player,  he plays in a number of different musical duos. A former DNR official with a love of the outdoors, he writes songs expressing the power of nature and the importance of environmental issues at hand. He joins Will Moore by phone on the Scenic Route ahead of a few special shows up the Gunflint Trail.

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Gordon Thorne, Randy Sabien

Gordon Thorne and Randy Sabien play on Scenic Route

Local fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne and Twin Cities fiddler Randy Sabien once again prove to be a dynamic duo in this live session on Scenic Route ahead of the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Cascade Lodge.

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Joe Dunn (left), Jimmy Geisinger, and Demetri Rallis (right) of Frogleg playing at Wunderbar, 2018

A chat with Joe Dunn and Demetri Rallis of Frogleg

Frogleg is a dynamic six-piece band known for versatile styles, long intricate jams, and smooth vocals from singer Joe Dunn. Ahead of Lutsen's Mountain Meltdown (which ironically was met with heavy snow), WTIP's Will Moore catches up with Dunn and lead guitarist Demetri Rallis at Caribou Highlands. They talk about songwriting, activities while touring,  their upcoming third album, and the connectedness of the Twin Cities jam scene.

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Matt Pudas (center) with Eddie Juntenen and Sammy Weyandt of White Iron Band

Matt Pudas of White Iron Band on Scenic Route

Matt Pudas is the gritty-voiced singer of the White Iron Band, an energetic group formed in Ely, MN with rock, country, and folk influences. Calling from his new home in Georgia, he speaks with Will Moore on origins of the band, working as a roofer throughout the duration of playing music, and what led to the groups latest album being called "Homebrew".

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Drew Heinonen and Jim Miller

Brotherless Arms play live on Scenic Route

Brotherless Arms is the duo format of Cook County band Brothers in Arms, featuring the twin guitars of Jim Miller and Drew Heinonen. They talk with Will Moore about songwriting, guitar-smithing, and more.

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Jeff Austin performs at Papa Charlie's. Photo by Will Moore

Jeff Austin calls into the Scenic Route

The eager and exuberant Jeff Austin is known for his expressive live performances and shredding on the mandolin with Yonder Mountain String Band and his own Jeff Austin Band. He calls from his hometown outside Chicago to join Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of his performance at Lutsen Mountains' Sweetwater Shakedown. He talks about starting in theater before moving to music, why he wants to push the limits of bluegrass, and tells the story of nearly missing his own show at the Blue Ox festival in Wisconsin.

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Pert Near Sandstone at WTIP

Pert Near Sandstone plays live on WTIP

Acclaimed Twin Cities bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone headed up north to participate in the Sweetwater Shakedown at Lutsen Mountains, one of the pre-parties to their own Blue Ox Music Festival, held in Eau Claire, WI in June. The band joins Will Moore and Carl Solander to talk about the festival, origins of the band, and new music, with lots of laughs on the air.

Pert Near Sandstone is:

J Lenz - guitar
Kevin Kniebel - banjo
Nate Sipe - mandolin, fiddle
Justin Bruhn - bass
Matt Cartier - clogging

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Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen chats about new music and travel on Scenic Route

Erik Koskinen may have a twang to his guitar and voice, and wear a cowboy hat on stage, but he says he considers his music American roots-based more than country. Fresh off the release of a new single and upcoming album announcement, the St. Peter, MN-based musician calls from his RealPhonic Studio to join Will Moore on the Scenic Route. He talks about new things to expect on his next record Burning the Deal,  how he settled on making music in Minnesota after living around the country, and memorable stories that inspired his last album Cruising Paradise.

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Northeast Timberland Band. L to R: Neil, Tim, Xavier

Northeast Timberland Band make WTIP debut

Northeast Timberland Band is a folk/bluegrass trio hailing from Duluth, with roots in central Minnesota. Comprised of string-playing father-son duo Neil and Xavier Witikko and vocalist Tim Lang, the group makes their WTIP debut on Scenic Route with Will Moore ahead of a show at Bluefin Grille in Tofte.

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Dave Simonett (left) and David Huckfelt at WTIP

David Huckfelt and Dave Simonett return to Sidetracks

Earlier this year, David Huckfelt released Stranger Angels, an album inspired by an artist's residency on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. He returns to Cook County to play at Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series, joined by Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter fame, who was featured on that album. Together they chat with Will Moore about their musical lives, traveling, and more. 

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