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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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Jessa Roquet - photo by Hannah Nicolett via Facebook

Jessa Roquet of Gambler's Daughter talks "Serotinous Skin"

Gambler's Daughter is the moniker of Jessa Roquet, a Twin Cities songwriter with ties to Cook County who grew up singing in a family band and now has released her first full-length record called "Serotinous Skin". She chats with Will Moore about the meaning of the record's title, how her producer and cast of musicians helped shape its sound, and talks about the record release show at the Hook and Ladder theatre.

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Lake Wobegon Brass Band in 2019 - photo by Randy Klauk via Facebook

Scenic Route: Eric Anderson talks about Lake Wobegon Brass Band

Eric Anderson is a WTIP jazz host and a longtime low brass player and instructor. He's part of the long-running Lake Wobegon Brass Band, a group of over 30 musicians playing popular and classical music in the arrangement of a traditional British brass band. Eric explains what that means and the kind of music and instruments he plays in this interview on the Scenic Route with Will Moore.

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Jill Burkes and Rob Wheeler - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route - Live performance from Wheeler Burkes Trio

Rob Wheeler and Jill Burkes just made their WTIP debut on the Scenic Route under their first name billing Rob & Jill, but return cleverly disguised as the Wheeler Burkes Trio - this time with longtime WTIP volunteer Bob Latmettry joining them on percussion. They perform ahead of a weekend of music at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais, just in time for them to try out their new passion of skiing, and continue their longtime passion of playing music.

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Dan Rodriguez - photo by Darin Back via Facebook

Scenic Route - Interview with Dan Rodriguez

Dan Rodriguez is a Michigan-born songwriter who's been making music and calling Minneapolis home for the past fifteen years. He speaks with host Will Moore about his style of soulful Americana, his love of whiskey and hunting, and talks about what it was like to make an album with a renowned producer and member of the band that got him into music.

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Mumblin' Drew - photo by Will Moore

Mumblin' Drew on Sidetracks

Mumblin' Drew is a musician from the Twin Cities who has immersed himself in traditional blues, county, and old-time styles. He has a new EP called "Cold Snap" and joins Will Moore on Sidetracks to talk about the new record, the evolution of his sound in the Duluth music scene, and plays both traditional and new original songs.

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Luke Callen - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route - Luke Callen makes WTIP debut

Luke Callen is a Twin Cities songwriter who says he's focused on crafting songs about the stories of people who are frequently forgotten. Originally from La Crosse and finding his home in Minneapolis after a time in Colorado, he visits WTIP and joins host Will Moore to talk about the nature of folk music, banana peels, riverboats, and more. 

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Jeremy Messersmith - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route - jeremy messersmith returns to WTIP

Acclaimed Twin Cities songwriter jeremy messersmith returns to the North Shore for a show at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen, and also to recharge and get inspired by the Great Lake. He joins host Will Moore on the Scenic Route, sharing thoughts about his latest record Late Stage Capitalism, visions of the future, and performs songs about self-love, kittens, and pro-wrestling legends. He also reveals why he prefers his name to be written in all lower case letters.

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Charlie Parr- photo by Will Moore

Charlie Parr plays live on Blues n' Things

Duluth blues guitarist Charlie Parr returns to WTIP - this time on Blues n' Things with Carl Solander. Will Moore also joins as Charlie plays some of his new material on the air. He chats with Carl and Will about his latest self-titled album, his new experimental trio Portal III, and shares some of his formative musical memories of neighborhood polka bands and his favorite blues records.

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Humbird - L to R: Pete Quirsfeld, Pat Keen, Siri Undlin - photos by Will Moore

Humbird performs live on Scenic Route

Humbird is the musical project of Minneapolis songwriter Siri Undlin, who on her new album Pharmakon, explores mythological women and how their experiences would apply to our modern American life. She plays live on the air along with Pat Keen on bass and Pete Quirsfeld on percussion and keys, bringing a unique and rich sound to the airwaves.

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The Cactus Blossoms - photo by Graham Tolbert via Facebook

Interview with The Cactus Blossoms on Sidetracks

Twin Cities country-folk group The Cactus Blossoms, led by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, return to the North Shore for a weekend of music a Papa Charlie's in Lutsen. In an interview with Will Moore on Sidetracks, they talk about the new sound to their latest album Easy Way, how they write songs that have lasting meaning, and what it was like to featured on Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return series.

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