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Scenic Route

  • Friday 4-5pm
Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.

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Laura Sellner - photo by Will Moore

Laura Sellner of Superior Siren on Scenic Route

Laura Sellner is a guitarist and songwriter, most notably performing as the lead singer for Duluth group Superior Siren. Her ghostly vocals complement the "siren song" feel to the songs she writes. She chats with Will Moore about the group's recent accomplishments and exciting new things on the horizon.


Andy (left) and Alex Nelson. Photo by Will Moore.

Andy and Alex Nelson on Scenic Route

Father and son duo Andy and Alex Nelson of Savage, MN join Will Moore on the Scenic Route. Andy, a trumpeter, tells the story behind his album Meaning to Tell You, a jazz record that was released last year and was produced during his own serious battle with cancer. Alex meanwhile plays saxophone, and also is an electronic artist creating songs under the name Alex Mavi. Together they share in a heartfelt discussion about illness, creativity, and the power of playing music together as a family.


Rio plays piccolo with Erik Hahn - photo by Will Moore

Piccolo lessons with Erik Hahn and Rio Tersteeg

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers lessons to area youth with local musicians as instructors. In this piece, Will sits in on a lesson between woodwind instructor Erik Hahn and sixth-grader Rio Tersteeg, who's found a fondness for the piccolo. 


Splimit - Photo by Will Moore

Splimit explodes playing live on WTIP

Splimit it a talented young trio from St. Paul who says they play "spicy rock" music, and their performance brings the heat. Inspired by groups like Primus, they've got a unique and playful songwriting style with plenty of high-octane power to back it up. They join Will Moore during a weekend of shows at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais.

Splimit is:

Mitch Benson - bass/vocals
Mike Herold - guitar/vocals
Mike Kleis - drums


Courtney Yasmineh plays at WTIP. Photo by Will Moore

Courtney Yasmineh returns to WTIP

Courtney Yasmineh is a Chicago-born songwriter and author based in the Twin Cities who's love for the Northwoods came a young age when she ran away to a family cabin to play guitar and immerse herself in the land of Bob Dylan. She speaks with Will Moore about her latest book A Girl Called Sidney, her upcoming album to be released in September, and life on the road ahead of a performance at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.


Smokin' Joe Scarpellino at Gunflint Tavern. Photo by Will Moore

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino with Joe Barron- Live on WTIP

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino is a songwriter based in the Twin Cities, present throughout the Minneapolis jam band scene. He's known for collaborating with a wide array of musicians and bringing them together for various music projects and being the man behind the Galactic Get-Down music festival in southern Minnesota. He also produces his own "Smokin' Joe Show" regularly on Facebook live. He talks about all this and more along with some live original tunes featuring Space Monkey Mafia bassist Joe Barron live on WTIP.


Danny Berka (left) and Chris Gillis try out the steel drums. Photo by Will Moore

Learning steel drums with Chris Gillis and Danny Berka

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is a non-profit organization that pairs local musicians with area youth for instrument lessons of all kinds. In this piece, we hear jazz musician Chris Gillis and ninth-grader Danny Berka decipher and learn to play an unusual and historied set of steel drums.


Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League. Photo by Will Moore

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League return to WTIP

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League are a gypsy jazz revival quintet from the Twin Cities. Amidst a rich and blistering live session of new music and selections from their latest album Roadmilk, they talk about science fiction stories, staying in haunted buildings, and getting abandoned at gas stations. Hear their full live session with host Will Moore below:

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League are:

Kellie Reichert - vocals
Daniel Rosen - guitar
Alan Peterson - electric guitar
Jon Halquist - violin
Pete Whiteman - bass


The Sprigs at WTIP. Photo by Kristin Middlesworth via Facebook

The Sprigs make Scenic Route debut with live performance

The Sprigs are a newly-formed trio hailing from the Gunflint Trail comprised of three friends working at Wilderness Canoe Bass. They feature Jake Persteiner on guitar/vocals, Dan Arhednt on bass/vocals, and Bill Middlesworth on drums. Listen below for their session with Will Moore on local music show The Scenic Route:



Jack Willis with Chris Gillis

Learning Trumpet with Chris Gillis and Jack Willis

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers a program that connects local musicians as instructors to young students wanting to learn an instrument. In this piece, we hear a trumpet lesson from North Shore jazz musician Chris Gillis and his student Jack Willis, an upcoming junior at Cook County High School.