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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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Odd Man Out - photo by Will Moore

Odd Man Out jam on Wheels of Fire

Odd Man Out features local musicians Drew Heinonen and Jonathan Steckelberg on guitar and bass respectively, along with Chris Paquette of Chicago on percussion. A childhood friend of Drew's, Chris plays djembe drum and all sorts of diverse percussion in furious fashion. They join Will Moore and Ann Possis on the air as the first live musical guests on Wheels of Fire!

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Rob and Jill - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route- Rob and Jill debut on WTIP

Rob and Jill are an Americana duo from Hibbing who bring lively tunes to any space they play in, with original music as well as covering songs by their friends and some of their favorite regional artists. Rob Wheeler and Jill Burkes chat with host Will Moore about their music and other interests including Tibetan singing bowls and kombucha.

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Pushing Chain - photo by Will Moore

Scenic Route - Pushing Chain round out the year

North Shore favorites Pushing Chain have the distinction of being the last musical guests on Scenic Route of 2019 and the whole decade of the 2010s. Bump Blomberg and Adam Moe share hilarious stories and anecdotes while playing song from their latest record Sorrows Always Swim, and talk about big plans in 2020.

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Kevin Buck - photo by Will Moore

Kevin Buck on Scenic Route

Kevin Buck is a guitarist from Duluth who uses an interesting vocal harmonizer to create rich, new versions of favorite songs in a "choir of angels" style. He joined Will Moore on the Scenic Route during a string of shows in Cook County.

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Borealis Chorale - Photo courtesy of North Shore Music Association

Craig Carnahan and Julia Singer Klatt talk about "The Lingering Light of Day"

"The Lingering Light of Day" is a new original choral piece commissioned for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra's annual Christmas Concert in Grand Marais. It was composed by Craig Carnahan with lyrics by Twin Cities poet Julia Klatt Singer. On the Scenic Route, Will Moore chats with both Carnahan and Singer by phone. They talk about how the collaborated on the piece, how the Grand Marais community's input inspired much of the lyrical imagery, and what they find creatively compelling about the North Shore. 

The world premiere of the piece was performed on December 8th at Bethelem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.

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Special guitar with paulownia and Gunflint Trail blowdown wood - Photo by Drew Heinonen

Local luthier Drew Heinonen makes guitar from trees grown by Jimmy Carter

Local luthier and musician Drew Heinonen has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a specially commissioned guitar made with a rare type of wood grown by former US President Jimmy Carter. Drew talks with host Will Moore about how he got involved with this unique series of instruments being made, and how he's putting a Cook County twist on the guitar that still connects the back to the 39th President himself. 

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Cover of Treepreacher by Joe Paulik - photo by Will Moore

Joe Paulik and Al Oikari talk about new album "Treepreacher" on Scenic Route

Cook County musician Joe Paulik has come out with a new album called "Treepreacher", produced and mixed by Al Oikari and recorded at the Hovland Lutheran Church. Joe and Al join Will Moore on the air to talk about the album, which features new musicians and a number of songs that Joe wrote decades ago that are finally getting a proper release.

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Kenna Rose (left) and Maja Sullivan of Red Lips - photo by Will Moore

Red Lips live debut on Scenic Route

Red Lips is a duo of two young women with incredible vocal talent and harmonizing abilities. Kenna Rose of Hovland and Maja Sullivan of Minneapolis come together to give powerful renditions of some favorite songs, even classic ones that go back decades in popular culture. This is the first time they've been on the Scenic Route, appearing before a show at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais. 

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Michael Gulezian performs in Grand Marais - photo by Sara Stover

Michael Gulezian interview on Scenic Route

Michael Gulezian is a Colorado guitarist who's been known for decades for his intricate and experimental fingerstyle. But now, he says he's a totally different musician and freer than ever. In this conversation, Michael talks with host Will Moore about how his music has affected people over the years, the issues playing for what he calls a "Youtube audience", and why he loves playing at universities that support environmental studies. He also talks about car troubles on the road, his friend and fellow musician Andy McKee, and much more.

 

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photo by Israel Palacio via Unsplash

Chicago blueswoman Ivy Ford calls in on Scenic Route

Ivy Ford is a blues guitarist and singer from the Chicago area, and is a rising star in the city's revered blues scene. At age 26, she's part of a new generation of high quality blues talent. Ahead of a performance with John Primer in Thunder Bay, she chats with host Will Moore about getting started in the blues, playing at Buddy Guy's legendary venue, and mentions a few of her favorite young blues musicians performing today. She also talks about her latest album "Harvesting my Roots" and new music coming in 2020.

More about Ivy can be found on her website here: https://www.ivyfordmusic.com/

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