The Scenic Route

Series produced by WTIP

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


139 Pieces

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Caption: Nate Case
Nate Case is a founding member of The Lowland Lakers, a Minneapolis-based trio with strong ties to Duluth and many other places around the Upper Mi...

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 10:22
Caption: Ruthie Foster with Kate Fitzgerald, Credit: CJ Heitoff
Ruthie Foster is a blues and gospel singer/guitarist from Austin, TX who has received acclaim and accolades over her career, including receiving Th...

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 31:45
Caption: Kevin Kling
Kevin Kling is a treasured storyteller and author from Osseo, MN known for being a regular commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Consi...

  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 12:49
Caption: Charlie Parr, Credit: Nate Ryan
Last week saw a number of notable Northland musicians come out in support of a concert supporting mental health awareness put on by LetsTalk MN. Ch...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 09:41
Caption: Cover of You're Free
Dan Israel hails from St. Louis Park and has been a prolific performer and songwriter in the Twin Cities since the 1990s. His 14th album "You're Fr...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 11:01
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If you've ever been to a large music event on the North Shore, chances are the sound you were hearing was at the control of Jerry Lavigne, a Silver...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 16:11
Caption: Frankie Lee - David Huckfelt - Dave Simonett, Credit: Will Moore
The second hour of Monday's Sidetracks with Will Moore was crashed by three great Minnesota songwriters: David Huckfelt of The Pines, Dave Simonett...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 17:22
Caption: Laura Sellner
Laura Sellner of Duluth fronts the band Superior Siren, a group of four women known for their "eerie folk" sound that reflects the haunting and icy...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 26:48
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Caption: Chan Poling
Chan Poling is best known as the keyboardist and vocalist for iconic Twin Cities band The Suburbs, but more recently has been involved with The New...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 14:55
Caption: Space Monkey Mafia
Space Monkey Mafia is a mighty and energizing six-piece band from the Twin Cities mixing rock, punk, and ska influences. Their debut album "Sorry f...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 37:58
Caption: James Everest
James Everest is a musician and artist who is no stranger to bringing his work to the North Shore. His group Blackfish collaborated with an Inuit d...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 21:06
Caption: Jack Klatt
Jack Klatt is a Minneapolis based folk singer and songwriter headed to the North Shore for Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series. He talks ...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 11:12
Caption: Maria Nickolay
Maria Nickolay has returned to her home of Cook County after spending several years abroad in Northern Ireland. having just released her first albu...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 38:41
Caption: John Mark Nelson at Papa Charlie's
Twin Cities songwriter John Mark Nelson chats with host Will Moore for a special interview on Sidetracks ahead of a show at Papa Charlie's Wednesda...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:16
Caption: Shawn Neary
Shawn Neary is the bass player and multi-instrumentalist for the band Cloud Cult, who last weekend sold out yet another of their annual shows at Pa...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 10:52
Caption: Boyd Blomberg
Longtime Cook County musician Boyd Blomberg comes on Sidetracks to discuss new information about the anticipated second album from local "folky-ton...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 11:16
Caption: Cherry Dirt, Credit: Staci Cihlar
The always entertaining Cherry Dirt, the duo of Ryan and Staci Cihlar (as well as Mary the dog), join Will Moore and Carl Solander for a special uk...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 41:08
Caption: SonofMel
John Adler performs as SonofMel, playing talking-style blues with intricate, personal lyrics and deep vocals that have been compared to Johnny Cash...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 19:27
Caption: Dessa at Papa Charlie's
Minneapolis hip hop artist Dessa returns to Papa Charlie's on the North Shore, and to the WTIP airwaves talking to Will Moore on the Scenic Route. ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 09:00
Caption: Jessa Roquet
Jessa Roquet is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the St. Paul band Gambler's Daughter. Describing her sound as "poetic folk rock", she ble...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2018
  • Length: 27:19