Eric Weicht is a former Cook County resident known for adventuring on bodies of water. He chats here with Will Moore about his most recent trip--canoeing down the Mississippi from northern Minnesota to Memphis through the month of November.
Close to Home visits the North Central Farm & Antique Association show in Blackberry and host Grant Frashier contemplates technology.
Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! A variety of original tunes on this episode, from Katy Vernon to Fizz Kizer to Jake Jones. And we tell you the difference between a shandy and a radler. All on MHB!
Next to Minnehaha Falls sits an old house that hosts exhibits recalling Minneapolis history. The house itself is the site of early business deals drawn up by the newly arrived white people. Even the naming of Minneapolis took place there. The house is the building that hosted these deals, but the location has changed. Sounds like a riddle? Listen to this story by KFAI’s Matthew Schneeman for the answer.
Longtime Cook County musician Michael Monroe stops by the Scenic Route with host Will Moore. He talks about his ongoing Log Cabin Concert series, childhood memories inspiring songs about simple living, what he was up to in the Woodstock summer of 1969, and more.
Laura Sellner is a guitarist and songwriter, most notably performing as the lead singer for Duluth group Superior Siren. Her ghostly vocals complement the “siren song” feel to the songs she writes. She chats with Will Moore about the group’s recent accomplishments and exciting new things on the horizon.
John Adler takes the name SonofMel, and treks across the upper Midwest from his home of Hayward “Wayward” Wisconsin to the northern-most and southern-most parts of Minnesota, playing songs and sharing stories. He chats by phone with Will Moore about a song he wrote for a bike race (and gives a spoken word performance of it) and details about an upcoming record with Jordan “the Slideman” Grunow. And as always, he shares deep thoughts on the arts, flexing creative muscles, and the importance of eloquence in modern times
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 Meaning to Tell You, a jazz record that was released last year and was produced during his own serious battle with cancer. Alex meanwhile plays saxophone, and also is an electronic artist creating songs under the name Alex Mavi. Together they share in a heartfelt discussion about illness, creativity, and the power of playing music together as a family.
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers lessons to area youth with local musicians as instructors. In this piece, Will sits in on a lesson between woodwind instructor Erik Hahn and sixth-grader Rio Tersteeg, who’s found a fondness for the piccolo.
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 like Primus, they’ve got a unique and playful songwriting style with plenty of high-octane power to back it up. They join Will Moore during a weekend of shows at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais.
Mitch Benson – bass/vocals
Mike Herold – guitar/vocals
Mike Kleis – drums
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 to a family cabin to play guitar and immerse herself in the land of Bob Dylan. She speaks with Will Moore about her latest book A Girl Called Sidney, her upcoming album to be released in September, and life on the road ahead of a performance at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.