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Heatbox on the Scenic Route

Heatbox on the Scenic Route



Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe. He talks to Will Moore about his process and lets his unique personality out.

Jim McGowan joins The Roadhouse

Jim McGowan joins The Roadhouse

The “unofficial Roadhouse one-man house band” Jim McGowan stopped by Studio A to play a few songs and chat with Annie and Julie.

WTIP’s The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Pavielle French’s Current Directions Addresses Cultural Rifts

Pavielle French’s Current Directions Addresses Cultural Rifts

Recent songs by Pavielle French reflect her deep disappointment with the deep cultural rifts that came to the forefront with the George Floyd Murder in 2020. The release of her new songs coincides with a CD called “Sovereign.” When Pavielle discussed the songs with Phil Nusbaum, she first tells where the inspiration for cultural commentary in music comes from.


Pavielle French Spotlights Recent Work at Her Show at the Icehouse in Minneapolis

Pavielle French Spotlights Recent Work at Her Show at the Icehouse in Minneapolis

Recent songs by Pavielle French reflect her deep disappointment with the deep cultural rifts that came to the forefront with the George Floyd Murder in 2020. The release of her new songs coincides with a performance at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Friday September 17 at 7PM. When Pavielle discussed the songs with Phil Nusbaum, she first tells where the inspiration for cultural commentary comes from.


Andre Robinson live in-studio on WTIP

Andre Robinson live in-studio on WTIP

Local hip hop artist Andre Robinson, who makes music under the name Dre AKA Jamaican, makes his Scenic Route debut performing live version of new songs from his upcoming record Much Too Good For Children. He talks about shooting the videos for his songs around Grand Marais including “Tiramisu”, writing songs for the kids at GES, and more.


Rochelle Riser’s “Superior” captures North Shore experience

Rochelle Riser’s “Superior” captures North Shore experience

Rochelle Riser is a Nashville-based songwriter originally from Iowa, with a deep love of Lake Superior and the north shore of Minnesota. Having vacationed many years in the Grand Marais area, her latest song “Superior” dives into what makes this location a special destination.


Moors and McCumber explore new territory on “Survival”

Moors and McCumber explore new territory on “Survival”

Survival is the latest album from longtime Minnesota/Colorado duo Moors & McCumber, exploring new instruments and sounds with themes of getting through uncertain times of pandemic and social strife. James Moors and Kort McCumber join Will Moore to talk about how the record came together.


Ginger Bones makes WTIP debut during membership drive

Ginger Bones makes WTIP debut during membership drive

Ginger Bones is a trio comprised of Abby Zak on vocals and guitar, Willow Waters on bass, and Zack Baltich on drums. With clever lyrics and creative sounds, they use food and flavors as inspiration for tasty original tunes. They talked about their upcoming album and played live during WTIP’s Rock Steady Membership drive.


Sugar on the Roof make debut with “Hat Drop”

Sugar on the Roof make debut with “Hat Drop”

Hat Drop is the first album from Northland folk trio Sugar on the Roof, made up of fiddler Clancy Ward, guitarist Megan Orwig Reynolds and Jefferson Reynolds on banjo and trombone. Will Moore talks to the band about the various styles of old-time and swing music they explore, along with stories behind original songs and covers they selected.


Scenic Route: Morningbird discuss debut EP

Scenic Route: Morningbird discuss debut EP

Morningbird is the new name of the folk duo of Rob Wheeler and Jill Burkes of Hibbing, MN. They’re no strangers to playing music in the Northland, but have their very first recording out called Cosmic Escape. Will Moore talks to Rob and Jill about recording with Christopher David Hanson, the stories behind their original tunes, and personal connections to the cover songs also on the EP.


Buffalo Galaxy discuss new album on Scenic Route

Buffalo Galaxy discuss new album on Scenic Route

Host Will Moore is joined by three of the members of Buffalo Galaxy – Peter Whiteman, Jake Rohde, and Johnny Kovarik, to talk about the Minneapolis bluegrass group’s first album called New Escape.


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