The Scenic Route

Series produced by WTIP

Caption: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
Image by: Will Moore 
Grand Marais Lighthouse 

The Scenic Route is an hour long weekly program featuring the music of musicians from the north shore of Minnesota and the Lake Superior region, along with interviews and announcements of events. It gives exposure to arts and culture in our area for locals and visitors.

Music choices will often be timely with artists playing on the North Shore that week, serving as a guide for what's available for visitors to listen to. Hear a variety of genres, from folk and bluegrass to country, blues, and beyond. May include live recordings from various WTIP in-studio sessions and festivals, as well as live interviews with relevant artists and community members.

Hosted by Will Moore.


172 Pieces

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Caption: Ari and Chris Silver
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Silver hails from River Falls, WI, and has been playing Americana music around the region since the early 90s. His grou...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 31:45
Caption: Sara Pajunen and Rachael Kilgour of Sound an Echo, Credit: Hilary Stein
Sound an Echo is a new duo project consisting of Minnesota musicians Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen. Combining Rachael's songwriting focus and Sa...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 21:18
Caption: Skyler Hawkins
Skyler Hawkins is an intern at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He shares his Duluth jugband-honed banjo skills with Will Moore and special...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
Axtell, the duo of Cook County native Katrina Axtell and Julain Hernandez of Argentina, return to Scenic Route to talk about their latest tours, vi...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2017
  • Length: 31:26
Caption: Sky Blue Ensemble
Local jazz pianist and composer Mike Debevec is looking for volunteers for a new jazz choir to perform at a special Bethlehem Lutheran Church servi...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 16:34
Caption: The Sea The Sea in Studio A
The Sea The Sea is an Albany, NY based indie folk duo of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Joined by Cara May Gorman and Steve Struss, they create a...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 32:33
Caption: Jeremy Messersmith
Jeremy Messersmith has been writing clever and meaningful songs in the Twin Cities for over a decade. His latest project is a songbook entitled "11...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 23:19
Caption: Aisling
Folk duo Moors & McCumber released their latest Kickstarter-backed album "Aisling" on St Patrick's Day. It's fitting choice considering it's an all...

  • Added: May 29, 2017
  • Length: 11:29
Caption: Gold Experience cover
Jim Walsh is an award-winning journalist, author, and songwriter who has written for MinnPost and City Pages, and has been deeply entwined in the T...

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  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 28:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Moonshine Mountain
Moonshine Mountain (Rio Mattole on guitar and Cory Chopp on mandolin) are an Americana group from Columbia Falls, MT, just south of Glacier Nationa...

  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 38:58
Caption: John Adler aka Sonofmel
Sonofmel is the psuedonym of John Adler of Hayward, WI. He's a musician and storyteller who draws inspiration from world travels and an incredible ...

  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 50:45
Caption: Rchard Smith, Gordon Thorne, Tom Schaefer
Richard Smith is world-renowned Nashville-based guitarist hailing originally from south of London. His influences range from Chet Atkins and Jerry ...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 39:55
Caption: Jim McGowan
Jim McGowan is a musician living in St. Paul who frequents the North Shore to play gigs and experience the area he loves. He plays songs and talks ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 36:35
Caption: Jon Kallberg
Jon Kallberg started out as a bass player in a band that played country hits, but nowadays he jams and weaves tunes on an array of unique guitar, i...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 40:21
Caption: Kind Country
Kind Country is a jamming newgrass band from Minneapolis that provides high-energy performances and new takes on old favorite tunes, as well as ori...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 10:38
Caption: Chris Gangi
Cornmeal is a 5-piece band from Chicago that blends bluegrass instrumentation with rock, blues, and jam elements into a creative sound and enticing...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 13:19
Caption: Chris Koza
Chris Koza is a Portland, OR native who made his way to Minnesota and the Minneapolis music scene after going to school at St. Olaf College in Nort...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 14:00
Caption: Patsy O'Brien (left) with Dick Hensold
Two Twin Cities-based Irish musicians, guitarist Patsy O'Brien and Northumbrian smallpipes player Dick Hensvold, stop by WTIP to play music for hos...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 55:58
Caption: The Lowest Pair
Kendl Winter is one-half of the group The Lowest Pair, playing banjo and guitar. From starting off in Arkansas surrounded by both orchestral and pu...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 13:04
Caption: Cover of Zaspalo Je Siroce
Zaspalo Je Siroce, Croatian for "an orphan has fallen asleep", is the title of the new double album from Joe Paulik, produced by Al Oikari. It's th...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00