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.


243 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Free Fallin', Credit: Mark Larsen
Mark Larsen is the drummer/manager of Free Fallin', one of the country's premier Tom Petty tribute acts based out of the Twin Cities. He chats with...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 15:35
Caption: Via Unsplash, Credit: Israel Palacio
Jef Cerniak is a guitarist based out of Ely, MN who spent many years in the Grand Marais music scene, especially at the Gunflint Tavern. His influe...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 22:02
Caption: Ray Bonneville, Credit: Will Moore
Ray Bonneville is a Juno-award winning blues guitarist whose sound and stories are steeped in the tradition of New Orleans. He joins Will Moore on ...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:14
Caption: Michael Monroe, Credit: Will Moore
Longtime Cook County musician Michael Monroe stops by the Scenic Route with host Will Moore. He talks about his ongoing Log Cabin Concert series, c...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 29:19
Caption: Laura Sellner, Credit: Will Moore
Laura Sellner is a guitarist and songwriter, most notably performing as the lead singer for Duluth group Superior Siren. Her ghostly vocals complem...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 26:23
Caption: Sonofmel, Credit: Will Moore
John Adler takes the name SonofMel, and treks across the upper Midwest from his home of Hayward "Wayward" Wisconsin to the northern-most and southe...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 26:41
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Andy and Alex Nelson, Credit: Will Moore
Father and son duo Andy and Alex Nelson of Savage, MN join Will Moore on the Scenic Route. Andy, a trumpeter, tells the story behind his album Mean...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 29:24
Caption: Rio and Erik, Credit:  Will Moore
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers lessons to area youth with local musicians as instructors. In this piece, Will sits in on a lesson betw...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 08:58
Caption: Splimit, Credit: Will Moore
Splimit it a talented young trio from St. Paul who says they play "spicy rock" music, and their performance brings the heat. Inspired by groups lik...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 30:32
Caption: Courtney Yasmineh, Credit: Will Moore
Courtney Yasmineh is a Chicago-born songwriter and author based in the Twin Cities who's love for the Northwoods came a young age when she ran away...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 32:30
Caption: Smokin' Joe, Credit: Will Moore
Smokin' Joe Scarpellino is a songwriter based in the Twin Cities, present throughout the Minneapolis jam band scene. He's known for collaborating w...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 28:46
Caption: Danny Berka and Chris GIllis, Credit: Will Moore
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is a non-profit organization that pairs local musicians with area youth for instrument lessons of all kinds. I...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 07:48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: GATL, Credit: Will Moore
The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League are a gypsy jazz revival quintet from the Twin Cities. Amidst a rich and blistering live session of new musi...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 33:25
Caption: The Sprigs, Credit: Kristin Middlesworth
The Sprigs are a newly-formed trio hailing from the Gunflint Trail comprised of three friends working at Wilderness Canoe Bass. They feature Jake P...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 29:14
Caption: Jack Willis and Chris Gillis
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers a program that connects local musicians as instructors to young students wanting to learn an instrument...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 10:10
Caption: Mary Bue
Twin Cities songwriter Mary Bue is back from an extended trip to South Asia and back on the North Shore, with a new album not too far behind her. S...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 31:00
Caption: Gene LaFond
Local musician Gene Lafond was lucky enough to have acclaimed, long-time Twin Cities musician Willie Murphy produce all three of his records. In th...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 30:05
Caption: Fish Heads
The Fish Heads are an accomplished Americana trio from Duluth playing a wide variety of original and classic folk and country songs. Comprised of M...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 32:01
Caption: Sky Blue
Sky Blue is a longtime jazz ensemble in Cook County that's taken on many different iterations. The current group features Mike Debevec on piano, Ka...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 25:00
Caption: Chris Koza
Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza has a brand new album called Sleepwalkers, Part 1. He calls in to the Scenic Route with Will Moore to talk more a...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 11:00