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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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Matt Pudas (center) with Eddie Juntenen and Sammy Weyandt of White Iron Band

Matt Pudas of White Iron Band on Scenic Route

Matt Pudas is the gritty-voiced singer of the White Iron Band, an energetic group formed in Ely, MN with rock, country, and folk influences. Calling from his new home in Georgia, he speaks with Will Moore on origins of the band, working as a roofer throughout the duration of playing music, and what led to the groups latest album being called "Homebrew".

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Drew Heinonen and Jim Miller

Brotherless Arms play live on Scenic Route

Brotherless Arms is the duo format of Cook County band Brothers in Arms, featuring the twin guitars of Jim Miller and Drew Heinonen. They talk with Will Moore about songwriting, guitar-smithing, and more.

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Jeff Austin performs at Papa Charlie's. Photo by Will Moore

Jeff Austin calls into the Scenic Route

The eager and exuberant Jeff Austin is known for his expressive live performances and shredding on the mandolin with Yonder Mountain String Band and his own Jeff Austin Band. He calls from his hometown outside Chicago to join Will Moore on the Scenic Route ahead of his performance at Lutsen Mountains' Sweetwater Shakedown. He talks about starting in theater before moving to music, why he wants to push the limits of bluegrass, and tells the story of nearly missing his own show at the Blue Ox festival in Wisconsin.

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Pert Near Sandstone at WTIP

Pert Near Sandstone plays live on WTIP

Acclaimed Twin Cities bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone headed up north to participate in the Sweetwater Shakedown at Lutsen Mountains, one of the pre-parties to their own Blue Ox Music Festival, held in Eau Claire, WI in June. The band joins Will Moore and Carl Solander to talk about the festival, origins of the band, and new music, with lots of laughs on the air.

Pert Near Sandstone is:

J Lenz - guitar
Kevin Kniebel - banjo
Nate Sipe - mandolin, fiddle
Justin Bruhn - bass
Matt Cartier - clogging

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Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen chats about new music and travel on Scenic Route

Erik Koskinen may have a twang to his guitar and voice, and wear a cowboy hat on stage, but he says he considers his music American roots-based more than country. Fresh off the release of a new single and upcoming album announcement, the St. Peter, MN-based musician calls from his RealPhonic Studio to join Will Moore on the Scenic Route. He talks about new things to expect on his next record Burning the Deal,  how he settled on making music in Minnesota after living around the country, and memorable stories that inspired his last album Cruising Paradise.

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Northeast Timberland Band. L to R: Neil, Tim, Xavier

Northeast Timberland Band make WTIP debut

Northeast Timberland Band is a folk/bluegrass trio hailing from Duluth, with roots in central Minnesota. Comprised of string-playing father-son duo Neil and Xavier Witikko and vocalist Tim Lang, the group makes their WTIP debut on Scenic Route with Will Moore ahead of a show at Bluefin Grille in Tofte.

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Dave Simonett (left) and David Huckfelt at WTIP

David Huckfelt and Dave Simonett return to Sidetracks

Earlier this year, David Huckfelt released Stranger Angels, an album inspired by an artist's residency on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. He returns to Cook County to play at Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series, joined by Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter fame, who was featured on that album. Together they chat with Will Moore about their musical lives, traveling, and more. 

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Dessa performs at Papa Charlie's on March 23. Photo by Jason Baumgarth.

Dessa calls in live to the Scenic Route

Singer, rapper, author, and Doomtree member Dessa returns to the North Shore for her annual performance at Papa Charlie's with a new album, acclaimed new book, and brand-new single under her belt. She calls in live to the Scenic Route to chat with host Will Moore about interacting with people and other cultures during her recent international tour, upcoming recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra, and more. 

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Matthew Santos performs at Papa Charlie's in 2018. Photo by Will Moore

Matthew Santos of MONAKR on Scenic Route

Matthew Santos is a Minneapolis born singer and songwriter who is a two-time Grammy nominee, and currently the lead vocalist of the Chicago-based band MONAKR.  He talks with host Will Moore about touring overseas with Dessa, where the band got its synthy sound, and more. 

 

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Phil "Dr. Oz E" Oswald

WTIP's Dr. Oz E recounts time working at SXSW

Phil Oswald, AKA Dr. Oz E, is a Grand Marais resident and WTIP volunteer host who, for a decade, managed a music venue during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The festival is held annually every March. He sat down with Will Moore on the Scenic Route to recount his role managing the church-turned-venue, and touches on some incredible and now famous acts he witnessed over the years.

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