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.


154 Pieces

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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
Caption: Common Ground, Credit: Dick Swanson
Common Ground is a relatively new musical trio in Cook County. Featuing Drew Heinonen on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Steckelberg on bass, and Bob L...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 26:23
Caption: J. Francis Olson, Credit: Will Moore
J. Francis Olson is a blues and americana guitarist living in Burnsville. His album "One Long Tomorrow" was created through counseling after dealin...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 56:48
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Ahead of a show at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, Twin Cities musicians Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper play together on the air with Will Moore a...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 30:53
Caption: The Pines
The Pines are a Minneapolis-based trio who grew up in Iowa, creating a unique kind of folk music that mixes acoustic and electric guitars with ethe...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 21:48
Caption: Jessie Daley (left) with Drew Preiner
FRAEA is the Minneapolis-based electronic duo of singer Jessie Daley and Drew Preiner. Playing what they call "shadow pop", their sound features da...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 11:53
Caption: Dessa
Dessa is a writer, spoken word artist, and rapper with the Minneapolis hip hip collective Doomtree. She talks with host Will Moore about meeting Ha...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 16:42
Caption: Boyd Blomburg (right) with Adam Moe of Pushing Chain
Boyd "Bump" Blomburg has long been a mainstay of the local music scene in Cook County. He speaks with Scenic Route host Will Moore about his exper...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2017
  • Length: 08:50
Caption: Charlie Bruber, Credit: Alex Stevens and Danielle Kennedy
Charlie Bruber is an electric bass player from the Twin Cities currently playing with the groups Tabah and Black Market Brass, an afrobeat dance en...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2016
  • Length: 15:26
Caption: Eira, with Jim Ofthsun middle right
Eira (pronounce EH-ra) is a five-piece group from the Duluth area playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, and beyond. They recently rel...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: 13:59
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Chair and co-chair of the North Shore Music Association Chel Anderson and Wayne Russ speak with host Will Moore about how the organization brings n...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 28:28
Caption: Josh Schmidt and Brady Lillie
After completing a West Coast tour, two members of the Minneapolis band Step Rockets came up to Grand Marais to play a special acoustic duo show at...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 19:26
Caption: Cover of Starmaps
Rich Mattson is a long time Minnesota musician, producer, and sound engineer based out of Sparta, MN on the Iron Range. The second album from his b...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 08:52
Caption: Josh Schmidt
Lutsen-born Twin Cities Musician Josh Schmidt has had a wild couple of years with his band the Step Rockets, who have completed several tours and a...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2016
  • Length: 11:54
Caption: Medicine Brothers with Anima
A special treat on the Scenic Route - two duos from Veroqua, WI come to Grand Marais just to play on WTIP before a show together in Duluth. They ar...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 39:08
Caption: Tim Leutgeb (left) and Adam Stariha
Black River Revue is a hard-and-fast bluegrass band from the Twin Ports area, and frequent visitors of Grand Marais' Gunflint Tavern. Banjoist Tim ...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:38
Caption: Jon Theis with Amie Theis
Jon Theis is the multi-instrumentalist and singer of the St. Cloud based group Harbor Drive Hookup, where he performs with his wife Amie. Drawing i...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 13:46
Caption: Axtell
The duo of Julian Hernandez and Katrina Axtell return to WTIP for one more performance before they return to Buenos Aires, Argentina. They share th...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 21:26
Caption: Ann Reed
Ann Reed is a Minnesota born songwriter who's career spans over 30 years and 20 albums. With witty, meaningful lyrics and a penchant for weaving st...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2016
  • Length: 10:10