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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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Rhoda Anderson at WTIP. Photo by Will Moore

Rhoda Anderson returns to the Scenic Route

Rhoda Anderson is a guitarist and songwriter from northwest Minnesota who frequents the North Shore with uplifting music and genuine storytelling. She joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of a performance at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais to talk about the latest in her life and thoughts on how people create art. 

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Fred Anderson at WTIP. Photo by Will Moore

Fred Anderson returns to play on Scenic Route

Fred Anderson is a guitarist from Lutsen adept in fingerstyle playing reminiscent of Leo Kottke as well as jazz. He comes back for a long-overdue return to Scenic Route with Will Moore, playing entrancing songs and telling stories, including playing in New Orleans and seeing one of his favorite guitarists live at last.

 

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Eli Bentley performs at WTIP

Eli Bentley talks about new Ginstrings album "Size of Your Shadow"

Eli Bentley is a multi-instrumental songwriter living up the Gunflint Trail who most recently toured as part of Minneapolis bluegrass group Ginstrings, and is featured on their latest record "Size of Your Shadow". He joins Will Moore on the Scenic ROute to talk about the new album and gives a live performance of his song "'45".

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Cover of "Social Media Anxiety Disorder" CD - photo by Will Moore

Dan Israel talks about "Social Media Anxiety Disorder"

Dan Israel is a musicians from St. Louis Park, and a longtime member of the Twin Cities music community. His latest album is called Social Media Anxiety Disorder - and Dan talks about what that feeling means, along with the ins and out of the new rockin' record, during an interview with Will Moore on the Scenic Route.

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Abigail Arrowsmith. Photo by Will Moore

Abigail Arrowsmith fiddles on Scenic Route

Abigail Arrowsmith is a wide-traveling fiddler who played with folk punk groups like Rail Yard Ghosts and steeps herself in various American fiddle traditions. During a journey up north she stopped by WTIP to give us a taste of her skills and shares thoughts about the appeal of playing traditional music, hitchhiking, busking, and more. 

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Selfie of Free Fallin' at Grand Portage Lodge, photo by Mark Larsen

Mark Larsen of Tom Petty tribute group Free Fallin' on Scenic Route

Mark Larsen is the drummer/manager of Free Fallin', one of the country's premier Tom Petty tribute acts based out of the Twin Cities. He chats with Will Moore about his own experiences with Petty's music, how the group stays meticulously faithful to the original material, and a moment of recognition by Petty's family after his passing. This interview came ahead of a performance by Free Fallin' at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

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photo by Israel Palacio via Unsplash

Jef Cerniak returns to Grand Marais on Scenic Route

Jef Cerniak is a guitarist based out of Ely, MN who spent many years in the Grand Marais music scene, especially at the Gunflint Tavern. His influences range from jazz to rock to Carribean music, and his abilities have let him play all over the world. He shares his experiences with Will Moore, talking about playing in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and even with members of the Grateful Dead. The interview comes ahead of a performance with Rod Dockan at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

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Ray Bonneville - photo by Will Moore

Ray Bonneville performs live on Scenic Route

Ray Bonneville is a Juno-award winning blues guitarist whose sound and stories are steeped in the tradition of New Orleans. He joins Will Moore on Scenic Route to talk about his life growing up speaking French in Quebec, moving to the bayou, beginning to write original music as he turned 40, and his love of vintage aircraft. The interview comes ahead of a performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. 

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Michael Monroe - Photo by Will Moore

Michael Monroe plays acoustic set on Scenic Route

Longtime Cook County musician Michael Monroe stops by the Scenic Route with host Will Moore. He talks about his ongoing Log Cabin Concert series, childhood memories inspiring songs about simple living, what he was up to in the Woodstock summer of 1969, and more.

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SonofMel (photo by Will Moore)

SonofMel calls in from the road on Scenic Route

John Adler takes the name SonofMel, and treks across the upper Midwest from his home of Hayward "Wayward" Wisconsin to the northern-most and southern-most parts of Minnesota, playing songs and sharing stories. He chats by phone with Will Moore about a song he wrote for a bike race (and gives a spoken word performance of it) and details about an upcoming record with Jordan "the Slideman" Grunow. And as always, he shares deep thoughts on the arts, flexing creative muscles, and the importance of eloquence in modern times

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