Will Moore

Scenic Route

friday, 6 PM - 7 PM

A showcase of local and regional music, live performances, in-depth interviews and the weekend music calendar–with host Will Moore.

May 23, 2022
All About the 2022 Duluth Dylan Fest Will Moore

Bob Dylan’s 81st Birthday is Tuesday, May 24th, and concluding the “Year of Dylan” is this year’s annual Duluth Dylan Fest in the Twin Ports area, celebrating the legendary songwriter in the city he was born in. Event volunteer organizers Zane Bail and Patrick Eliason join Will Moore on the Scenic Route to go over the week of events and concerts focused on Dylan going through May 29th. The full list of happenings and more information can be found at duluthdylanfest.com

May 17, 2022
Sonofmel returns to North Shore, Scenic Route Will Moore

John SonofMel is a songwriter, poet, writer, and radio personality from Hayward, WI who spends his winters diving into frozen lakes and spends as much time as he can performing his songs about Northern life and his fascinating if tumultuous life journey through life. He rejoins Will Moore on the Scenic Route for an extended conversation about finding solace in freezing waters, performing at Homegrown and through the pandemic, and future projects. He performs at Cascade Lodge Pub at 6pm on Thursday, May 19th.

May 10, 2022
Teague Alexy returns to hip hop with Spilled Milk single “Friends” Will Moore

Teague Alexy is a Duluth-based musician whose sound is often folky and country in style, but has roots in hip hop back from his youth in New Jersey. Spilled Milk is group consisting of Teague and his childhood best friends who’ve stayed connected over the years and now return with a single called “Friends”, hearkening back to their origins in the late 90s. Teague talks about the band and the Homegrown festival in Duluth on the Scenic Route.

You can hear “Friends” here on Bandcamp.

This interview initially aired May 6th, 2022.

May 9, 2022
Breanne Marie gives the scoop on Homegrown Will Moore

Breanne Tepler is best known around the Duluth music scene as the frontwoman of Brianne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners, a band that plays what she has dubbed “Great Lakes country music”. She is also a part of the steering committee of the Homegrown festival, a weeklong in-city music fest that takes over a host of Duluth music venues. She talks about this year’s festival and plays songs alongside her husband Evan Tepler on the Scenic Route.

May 2, 2022
Twin Cities band Little Disasters bring pop punk into new era Will Moore

Little Disasters is a group of young musicians from the Twin Cities who are bringing the pop-punk fever that dominated the decade of the ’00s into the 2020s. Though only halfway through high school, the trio of Mick Lynch, AJ Hermann and Finn Perry have a high-energy and super polished sound with the help of Isaac Levy. Host Will Moore talks to Mick about their sound, their latest singles, balancing teen life with making music, and future aspirations.

April 18, 2022
Spinning Voices gets noisy with Ductworks Will Moore

Spinning Voices is the moniker of St. Louis Park based electronic music producer David Boeser, who for his latest album Ductworks decided to try something radically different than his past projects. The album is an exploration of both nostalgic memories and the harsh and constant noises from metal ducts, vents, furnaces, and other machines found within everyday homes. He joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about how the album came to be and process for creating the complex songs.

April 11, 2022
Jerry Vandiver chats about new Special Limited Edition EP Will Moore

Longtime Boundary Waters adventurer and Nashville songwriter Jerry Vandiver has a new EP with fiddler Caitlin Evanson called Special Limited Edition – a set of five songs about paddling, camping, and the outdoors made specifically for the Canoecopia exhibition in Wisconsin. Jerry tells us about the new songs, the expo, and life in the Music City.


April 1, 2022
Steve Noonan talks “Dreamland” and time with Prince Will Moore

Steve Noonan is a Twin Cities based songwriter and musician who released his second full-length release Dreamland in January. A guitarist with a penchant for playing 12-strings, he began his time in the Minnesota music scene as an engineer at Paisley Park, working on two albums for Prince and New Power Generation. He talks about his time in the fabled studio and stories behind this latest batch of songs in a unique outdoor interview with Will Moore.

March 31, 2022
Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo perform live from US Virgin Islands Will Moore

Lake County musicians Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo catch up with Will Moore on The Scenic Route with a performance from their vacation spot of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, featuring original songs and great travel stories.

Note: This performance originally aired on 2/25/22 on Scenic Route

March 22, 2022
Moors & McCumber return to Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s Will Moore

James Moors and Kort McCumber have been a longtime musical duo hailing from the Twin Ports as well as the mountains of Colorado, making musical dreams work across the country and around the world as they travel with their fans. They return this week to Papa Charlie’s for the return of the Wednesday Night Songwriter Series and catch up with Will Moore on what they’ve been up to since their 2021 release Survival.

March 4, 2022
Great Expectations’ Lynx class creates “Recycling Rap” video Will Moore

The Lynx class of 5th and 6th graders at Great Expectations School in Grand Marais recently helped create a music video for a rap song about the importance of recycling. Will Moore chats with the class’s paraprofessional Andre Robinson, who makes hip hop under the name Dre AKA Jamaican, teacher Chuck Viren and a number of Lynx students about how the video came to be. The video can be seen below.

February 11, 2022
Cloud Cult returns to Papa Charlie’s Will Moore

After several years away due to the pandemic, Cloud Cult makes their triumphant return to Papa Charlie’s for their annual February show, playing two sold-out concerts at the venue that was the location of their last show before the world shut down in March of 2020. Lead singer Craig Minowa joins Will Moore from his woodland studio in Viroqua, WI to talk about the band’s upcoming album Metamorphosis, their upcoming tour, and delves into some some fact-checking of the band’s Wikipedia page.


February 7, 2022
Morningbird performs on The Scenic Route

Morningbird, the acoustic duo of Jill Burkes and Rob Wheeler from the Hibbing area, return to the Scenic Route with a fresh virtual performance. They talk with host Will Moore about what’s been keeping them busy this winter, collaborating with St. Cloud songwriter Charlie Roth, and more.

January 31, 2022
Pennsylvania musician writes song about Grand Marais on The Scenic Route

Eric Athey hails from Lancaster, PA, and has been producing music since the early 2000s. He says he comes out with a record “about once every 5 years” and when he does, he often collaborates with Twin Cites based artist Dave Boquist. Recently, the two of them recorded a song called “Grand Marais” ahead of Athey’s trip to the Boundary Waters. They chat with Will Moore on what made this song so unique, and why it’s a long time dream finally coming to fruition.


photo by Tiffany Mullen January 26, 2022
Scenic Route: Interview with Liz Mathias

Liz Mathias is a guitarist hailing from the Ironwood, MI area who’s known for playing throughout Northern Wisconsin. She is currently working on her debut album of original music. She makes her WTIP debut on the Scenic Route talking with Will Moore about her inspirations and favorite tunes.

cover art by Kaelyn Loes January 26, 2022
Scenic Route: Jaspar Lepak’s burst of new music

Jaspar Lepak’s musical journey began in Minneapolis and has now returned there after stops in South Africa and Seattle. The singer-songwriter speaks with Will Moore about her return to Minnesota, her 2021 album Desert Ghosts, and two new singles called “One Brave Life” and “My Right to Choose” on the Scenic Route.