Live at EXT

Friday, 12n

Live @ EXT is where we bring you closer to the artists who make the music. These interviews and sessions often include intimate live performances that sound different than the recording, or the live show.  Hear these Friday at 12n.

11/16 - Marcus King

11/23 - The Black Friday Live @ EXT Marathon (featuring songs from performances through this past year)

11/30 - Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

12/7 - Hamish Anderson

12/14 - Brett Dennen

12/21 - no episode, special programming

12/28 - Erin Rae

Erin Rae
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Just by chance, singer-songwriter Erin Rae ended up on the Brett Dennen tour that made a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in November.

Erin caught the attention of John Paul White (ex of the Civil Wars) who signed her to his Single Lock Records label. She recorded her latest album in a former Franciscan monastery in Appleton, WI.  Utilizing the reverberant sound that one might expect from such a space, and living on site (it's sort of an artist retreat, now), helped put her in a very special space to unleash the highly personal songs on "Putting On Airs."

The Big Takeover at WEXT
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It was a chilly afternoon last December when the rockin' reggae band from New Paltz called The Big Takeover worked their way up Interstate-87 to our little studios.  They packed all seven members into our studio.

Their latest album marks their ten year anniversary.  "Silly Girl" takes us on a trip to Jamaica for serious ska and reggae influences.  Hear the results of the session we did below.  

ILONA
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ILONA's voice fills any size room. She's got such power in her voice.  We had a chance to catch up with this wonderful singer-songwriter. She's been recording, writing new songs, and putting out some singles and playing at some festivals. Have a listen. We love having ILONA with her bandmates, Tony Moore (of Cutting Crew and Iron Maiden) and KT Parker.

Kathy Mattea at WEXT
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A few years ago, Kathy Mattea was finding that her voice wasn't what it once used to be. It was a cause for serious concern.  After some digging and investigation, she ascertained the change in her voice was something occurring along with the onset of menopause and aging.  She took some advice, and found a new voice teacher.  

After some work and practice, she found the sound for her voice. The result was her new album, "Pretty Bird."

She's at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, tonight.

Amy Helm
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Amy Helm stepped out of her comfort zone. She traveled to the west coast to work with Joe Henry on her latest album. She could have simply recorded as she has in the past, at her father's studio here in Woodstock, but instead, she transplanted herself and took a chance.

That chance paid off. She's just delivered another masterpiece of an album, "This Too Shall Light." She stopped by before a show at The Cohoes Music Hall to let us in on how it was made. She also shared some insight her father, the late, great Levon Helm, gave her. Life lessons learned and she's living them now.

The National Reserve
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Sean Walsh began forming what would become The National Reserve not long after moving to NYC about 14 years ago. With the release of the new album, "Motel La Grange," we find ourselve captivated by their rootsy brand of rock and roll. Songs like "New Love" sparkle and shine.

Hear their backstory. Hear a few songs. Listen to the session below.

Go see them on Saturday, August 18th at The Hangar on the Hudson!

Twisted Pine
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Twisted Pine the young string band from Boston, is quickly making a name for themselves since their debut album in July of 2017. Bringing their wit and vibrant personalities to stages all across the country they stopped by the studio to talk about their new covers EP Dreams. They share fun road stories, how their sound has changed, and channeling Jimi Hendrix on stage.

You can catch them at the Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCA this September.

The Big Takeover at WEXT
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We are so excited that Amsterdam's Riverlink Concerts is bringing the New Paltz reggae band to town this summer. The Big Takeover will be under the tent along the river on July 28th (rain or shine...a great location for a show!).

Bring your dancin' shoes, or your rainboots!  Chris Wienk talks with Nee Nee about their summer tour, and the new single.

Goodnight Moonshine
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Eben Pariser and Molly Venter, of Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly respectively, met kinda by accident - a literal collision of heads.  Together, they make beautiful music as Goodnight Moonshine.  Hear the ancient philophy behind the band's genesis. Hear how they planned their lives out together ten years down the road - on their first date.  

Hear them play some songs from the new album, "I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad."

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
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Professor Louie stopped by with a version of The Crowmatix to talk about his band, The Band, the music and magic, and more.

Catch Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at our 11th birthday party at The Egg on July 6th. Record producer John Simon (producer of Music From Big Pink, and other iconic albums) will be on hand as well.

Dana Fuchs
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Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll. This life and times doesn’t always make for easy reading. The triumphs are laced by tragedy, ugliness, injustice.

Mary Gauthier
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Mary Gauthier has released "Rifles and Rosary Beads." It's an album full of songs she's written with soldiers as part of the Songwriting With: Soldiers project.  Mary Gauthier is one of the key songwriters for Songwriting With.  She brought along Mary Judd, one of the co-founders.

Albert Cummings
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B.B. King dubbed  Albert Cummings "a great guitarist."  Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else.  He's played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  

Rebecca Loebe
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Rebecca Loebe's latest album is "Blink." We have been fascinated by the songs "Cannonball," and "Forever  Young Forever."  She plays both and talk about the songs and the album. Plus, we learn about Nobody's Girl.

Altan at WEXT
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Formed in 1987, the Irish band Altan dropped by ahead of their show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  They discussed traditional Irish music, the new album (The Gap of Dreams), and played a few songs as well.

The Grady Girls
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Based in Ithaca, NY, The Grady Girls dropped by to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some great old Irish tunes.  The Grady Girls are:

Nora (fiddle), Marie (flute), Leah (bodhrán), and Saoirse (fiddle) who are based in Ithaca, NY, their hometown, and Oona (fiddle) and newest band member James (guitar), both reside in Saratoga Springs, where they perform as the duo Drank The Gold.  

The Druids at WEXT
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The Irish quartet known as The Druids were in town to play a show with Kevin McKrell. Kevin and Chris Shaw recommended we get the guys in for a visit, and boy did we learn a lot about Irish history and how it continues to be told by the singers and songwriters of today.

Bette Smith at WEXT
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Born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Bette Smith grew up with the tough times and her parents gospel music.  As her older brother was on his death bed, he convinced her to make a change - to use her voice for what it was meant to be used for - singing blues, soul and R&B.

Her latest album is "Jetlagger," and she dropped by to sing songs from the album and talk about making music.

The Ballroom Thieves
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Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves were making their way across to Rochester for a show, and on their way, they stopped by to play songs from the new EP, "Paper Crown," and to talk about music.  We learned that the band met while searching on Tinder. OK, that part is not true, but...  You just never know who might be at an open mic.  You'd be well served to stop by one sometime.

  

Grant-Lee Phillips
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Grant-Lee Phillips has come a long way since his days as the lead member of Grant-Lee Buffalo.  He dropped by with his new album, "Widdershins," to tell us about it, and play some songs. He let it be known that "words just stick" on him.  The word "widdershin" was one of those words.  Listen in...

Lera Lynn at WEXT
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Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn came to prominence as the singer in the dive bar on the second series of HBO's True Detective.  She co-wrote the songs she sang with T-Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash.  In her own right, she's released a few albums of music, and is working on her next projects.

Before her show at the Massry Center for the Arts, she stopped by to play a few songs and talk up what she's been doing.

Tinsley Ellis at WEXT
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Blues guitarist extraordinaire, Tinsley Ellis came to town to play a show at The Linda. Before he went there, he stopped by to talk about his latest album, "Winning Hand."  He played us a couple tunes, including a Leo Kottke instrumental.

Nora Jane Struthers at WEXT
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NPR and Rolling Stone said Nora Jane Struthers' album, "Champion," was one of the best records of 2017 that you likely didn't hear.  If you listened to WEXT, you did.  And if you're a fan, you're likely looking forward to listening back to the session she did when she and her band stopped at The Linda in Albany this January.

Chris Smither at WEXT
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Chris Smither is a legend. Chris Smither is a singer, a songwriter, an incredible guitar player.  His influence is wide.  And in 2018, he released "Call Me Lucky."  He dropped by the studio to play a few songs, including a tune from his vast catalog.  

Eddie Berman
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Singer-songwriter Eddie Berman stopped by to catch us up on his latest release, "Before the Bridge."  If you get the chance, you should definitely check him out.  Below, we'll post some videos he did with Laura Marling.   Hear the story of the album, who is the Bridge, and learn about his time in London.

See our Facebook video page for a couple of the songs performed live to Facebook.

All Poets & Heroes at WEXT
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The Syracuse indie trio brought their acoustic set up to play a few songs from their EP "Where We Lived and What We Lived For." Hear how the band got it's name - All Poets and Heroes, and the inspiration for their music.

Mile Twelve
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The Boston-based band Mile Twelve pass through the area now and again stopping at our friends The Cock N Bull Restaurant to play their songs. On their way to a show, they stopped to get us hip to them and their latest album, "Onwards."

The Accidentals at WEXT
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The Michigan trio The Accidentals came by the station on their way to their first show in the area on November 17th. We had so much fun when they were in town. We hope they come back again soon.  They were in town on the last day of their 70-day CD release tour for the new album, "Odyssey."

Live At EXT
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2017 Black Friday Live @ EXT Marathon

(all start times approximate, and subject to change)

 

Every Friday at 12n, we feature a session with a national touring artist who has passed through the area. The guest may have stopped at one of the amazing spaces to see live music, or the guest was simply out playing a radio tour to promote her or his latest album. The goal with these live sessions with interview is to help you get a little closer to the artist, to learn more about what motivates her/him. 

 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
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Known throughout the music world as the King and Queen of Americana, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have deep roots in the music world.  To celebrate the release of the second album, "Contraband Love," we visited with them at The Egg when they were in town to play with Shawn Colvin.

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