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  • Friday 4-5pm
Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.

What's On:

Tim Styles comes home, plays live on WTIP

Tim Styles is an Americana musician and songwriter currently living in Bakersfield, CA, but was born and raised in Grand Marais.  He stopped by WTIP during a rare trip back to his hometown. He speaks with Will Moore about his inspirations for songwriting, his latest rock-and-roll tinged EP " Pilgrim Road", and making the move from Minnesota to Nashville and beyond.



True Grass Trio plays live on Scenic Route

True Grass is a talented and experienced bluegrass group hailing from all over Northern Wisconsin. Before a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais, they stop by WTIP for a live in-studio session with their old friend Carl Solander - taking over this week's edition of Scenic Route.

True Grass Trio is:
Jed Malischke - banjo, dobro, vocals 
Bruce Qualey -bass, vocals
Tom Draughon - guitar, vocals




Cooper & Muska make radio debut on WTIP

Nick Muska and Lauren Cooper are an Americana duo from Superior, Wisconsin. Despite having only been playing together for less than a year, they have already developed terrific chemistry while songwriting and performing. They make their radio debut on WTIP during a segment with Will Moore and Carl Solander.



The Sea The Sea returns to the North Shore and Sidetracks

The Sea The Sea returned to Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series as a halfway point on their current tour in support for their latest album Into the Light. The four-piece group from upstate New York dropped by WTIP during Sidetracks with Will Moore to play a couple of new tracks from the record in a stripped-down acoustic setting. 

The Sea The Sea is:

Chuck Costa - guitar/vocals
Mira Costa - guitar/keys/vocals
Cara May Gorman - vocals/synths
Steve Schuss - drums/percussion



Katy Vernon interview on Scenic Route

Katy Vernon is a singer/songwriter from White Bear Lake, originally from London. She says she plays "sad songs on a happy instrument" and often uses upbeat, lively music to express heavy themes in her songs. With a new album freshly recorded, she speaks with Will Moore on Scenic Route ahead of her performance at the Stars of the North festival in Grand Marais.




The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League on WTIP

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League is a five-piece band out of the Twin Cities that brings the swing and gypsy jazz sound of the PRohibition era back to life. On the heels of their 2017 album Masquerade , the group is already getting ready for their sophomore release his fall. They join Will Moore for a special Scenic Route Saturday in-studio performance ahead of a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League is...

Daniel Rosen - guitar
Alan Peterson- guitar
Jonathan Halquist - fiddle
Peter Whiteman- bass
Kellie Reichart- vocals


L to R: Philip Rampi, Josh Cleveland, Dustin Smith

Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band rock the Scenic Route

Josh Cleveland's powerful voice, backed up by three highly skilled players, lifted WTIP's Studio A to new heights and impressed crowds at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais over the weekend. Hear their full performance and interview with Will Moore on the Scenic Route below.

The band is:
Josh Cleveland - vocals, guitar
Dustin Smith - guitar, mandolin
Philip Rampi - upright bass
Eric Smith - drums




The Ladies Music Club returns (again!) on Scenic Route

The Ladies Music Club, a quintet of St. Paul women, once again make their annual venture up north in the hopes to see a moose in the flesh on the Gunflint Trail. They brought with them stellar harmonies and intriguing covers as well as new original songs. Listen in for their special Thursday music session with Will Moore, in what has become an annual (and incredibly fun) WTIP tradition.


Courtney Yasmineh

Courtney Yasmineh with Rob Genadek on Sidetracks

Courtney Yasmineh is a Chicago-born songwriter  and author based in the Twin Cities, whose creative journey started as a teenager -running away to a family cabin the Northland, searching for the spirit of Bob Dylan and studying song. She joins host Will Moore along with producer/percussionist Rob Genadek for special morning live music session on Sidetracks.


The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

A Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers weekend on WTIP

Joe Hart an Nikki Grossman are the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, playing polka, country, and classic American tunes with an old-time vibe. They appeared on a slew of WTIP programs during the weekend of July 6-8th, talking about their travels, living in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and about their latest record release "Don't THink About Tomorrow Tonight". Find their full live music session with Carl Solander below, along with their interview with Will Moore on Scenic Route, as well as their appearance during another special music session with folkie Ellen Stekart on Women in Music.