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Erin Rae
WEXT

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."

Hamish Anderson
Artist/Mark Horton

Hamish Anderson: A student of the three Kings (Albert, BB and Freddie), Peter Green and Keith Richards with influences of Jeff Buckley and Tom Petty.

Brett Dennen
WEXT

New father! New songs! Same prodigious wit and charm!  Our favorite ginger singer-songwriter Brett Dennen released a two-part EP this year - "Let's..." in February and "Here's Looking At You, Kid" in August - and welcomed a baby boy into the world this summer!  

Hear Brett play acoustically in the WEXT studio and talk to Dave Michaels about his influences, being a dad and his joys away from music.  

Brett Dennen
Maria del Rio

It's been a very busy year for singer-songwriter Brett Dennen.  He released two EP's ("Let's..." in February and "Here's Looking At You Kid" in August), toured non-stop; solo and with Jason Mraz on his "Good Vibes" tour, and became a dad to Cat Van Dennen (Yes!

Bobby Long
WEXT

Bobby Long seemed to appear out of nowhere.  When we first heard his "Dirty Pond Songs" album that he recorded in his bedroom. From those intimate songs, we've followed Bobby's career as he continued to write amazing songs and release great records.

He's wrapping up work on his forthcoming album.  On November 11th, he is playing up at Caffe Lena, and we hope to see you there. For tickets, click here.

Brooks Williams
WEXT

Brooks Williams has been making music for some time. We were fortunate enough to have him stop by on his way to a show at Caffe Lena.  He played us songs from his new album, "Lucky Star."

Bob Warren & Matt  Donnelly
WEXT

Bob Warren stopped by to bring us up to date with some new music, and his new album, "My Town." The album is filled with songs about his town of Greenwich, and Saratoga Springs.

Bob was joined in the studio by Matt Donnelly on keyboard, and Tony Markellis on bass.

Bob has two shows as a release party for the CD at Caffe Lena on November 2 and 3. Both are sold out  you can watch on Concert Window. Details at Caffe Lena's website.

Jim Gaudet & Chris Wienk
WEXT

One of my favorite musicians is Jim Gaudet. It is always a treat when he comes by to sit and chat. After seeing him this summer, I had invited him by. I knew that he'd been working on some new songs as he tried to stump the Railroad Boys by calling for the new songs (with almost no rehearsal) in the set list.  The Boys are always of good humor and will launch into almost any song Jim calls for.

The Big Takeover at WEXT
WEXT

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
Artist

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
WEXT

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.

Carla Cooke
Artist

Dave Michaels just recently chatted with Carla Cooke; the youngest daughter of the King of Soul Listen as she tells Dave about the time Cuba Gooding Jr. bent down and kissed her hand when they met, who her favorite female singers are and where she draws inspiration from.  

Honey Slider
WEXT

They met while performing in a student production of "Rent."  They've been writing songs ever since.  Hear what the duo/band Honey Slider is up to next.

Their new CD will be released at a special show at The Hollow on October 26th.

Peter Annello
WEXT

When Peter Annello first came to us, he knocked us out with his charm and guitar playing abilities.  He's been working on his playing - playing out, going to cool guitar and music workshops like the ones at Cample Cripple Creek (summer of 2018) where he met and impressed Larry Campbell and others.

We keep admiring Peter's drive and his songs.  Now, he's out of high school, and he keeps impressing.  Check out his session with the trio, his father Chip Annello on drums and Paul Zullo on bass.

Amy Helm
WEXT

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.

Scott Sharrard
Artist

SCOTT SHARRARD IS BEST KNOWN as lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman.  But his personal artistic journey - which incluedes singing, songwriting, producing and arranging began long before he first teamed up with the rock icon.  

Julia Alsarraf
WEXT

Singer-songwriter, Julia Alsarraf stopped by to play a few songs and talk about making music.  Catch her around downtown Troy streets, or on her Facebook page.

Plus, we'll be with her and the City of Albany for September in the City at Dinapoli Park in downtown on September 13, 2018 from 1130-2p.

Here's her session. We look forward to when she makes some recordings.

Hamilton Craig
WEXT

From Shushan, NY, Local 518 singer-songwriter Hamilton Craig tends to break molds (and he has in the best of ways), but this time around, he's coming at music from a new place - in life and in his love for folk music.  While that may seem like he's giving us a straight-ahead set of folk music, it may not.  

His songs have a singular voice, one that speaks from the living of life, one that tells truth, emboldens, and empowers.

Mark May
Houston Press

Former Dickey Betts & Great Southern vocalist and guitarist Mark May and his band wrap up the Music on Mainstreet Summer Concert Series in Canajoharie Tuesday (8/28) night.  It's a free show beginning at 7pm!  Mark promises a night of scorching blues and rock 'n roll numbers; chock full of originals, while also sprinkling in a mix of covers you know and love!  

Greg Farley
Jumpin' Bean/picssr

Greg Farley -  the Hudson Valley born and bred multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has spent the last decade touring and recording with The Felice Brothers before becoming an accompanist for acclaimed singer-songwriter Conor Oberst

Toronzo Cannon
Chris Monaghan/Artist

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon hasn't quit his day job, depite a highly successful nightime gig.  Cannon tours the world playing his brand of Chicago blues while continuing to drive a bus for the Chicago Transit Authority!  Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, he arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible.  

Jules Shear
WEXT

Singer-songwriter Jules Shear has been a favorite of mine since before I learned he wrote "All Through the Night" and "If She Knew What She Wants."  Jules and the Polar Bears was one of my favorite bands in the 70's.

Jules lives in Woodstock these days. His recent release, "One More Crooked Dance," has a sparse sound, and he talks about that sound in the interview with a few songs - one old, one from the new album, and one of those big hits he wrote, too.

The National Reserve
WEXT

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!

Steve Candlen & Chris Wienk
WEXT

Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter Steve Candlen has been a little quiet in his music output the last few months, but as he says in this session, the muse is back. His creativity took a slight detour while he built furniture and stuff for a new house he and his girlfriend just moved into.

Steve will be one of the Court Jester Troubadours with us at #ExitDome11. See details and get tickets at this link.

Two-thirds of Donnybrook Fair
WEXT

Kevin, Jeff and Davy. They were known as Donnybrook Fair, and from 1975 until around 1984, these three toured the world with their raucous - even somewhat aggressive - brand of Irish folk rock.

And now, they're back! They're playing a show up at the track (8/22), and they've got a big show at The Egg on Friday, August 24th.

Hear the stories and the fun that was Donnybrook Fair with Kevin McKrell and Jeff Strange.

Alice Howe and Freebo
WEXT

We were delighted when soulful Boston-area folk singer-songwriter Alice Howe and legendary bass player Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, and many others) dropped by WEXT to play some songs and chat with Dave Michaels.  

Miché Fambro
WEXT

Miché Fambro was born and raised in Philadelphia. Then he struck out on his own as a touring musician.  He made his way to Rochester, and while there spent 9 years as the leader of Miché & The Anglos. They were one of the area's most popular local bands.  

Miché has been working as a musician pretty much all these years, including a stop in Ithaca, and even Schenectady.

Rebecca Haviland
WEXT

Rebecca Haviland is a Grammy Award winning vocalist, and she's written some poignant songs that she sings in a way that draws you in for a closer inspection.  We talk about her music, and a whole lot more. Plus, she plays us a few songs from the EP, "Bright City Lights."

See some videos below.

Mike O'Donnell of MOTORBIKE
WEXT

Mike O'Donnell, of the Rodeo Barons, has a new project. It's called MOTORBIKE. While the Rodeo Barons are on a bit of a break (do hurry back, guys!), Mike has continued writing. Very much influenced by Lou Barlow and a chance opening gig where he got to act all fan boy (despite trying hard not to do so), Mike has created this new sound. 

Amanda Shires
Artist

"Mama wants to change that Nashville sound" perfectly sums up Amanda Shires' bold new album, To The Sunset (August 3rd).  The acclaimed singer, songwriter & violinist blows up Americana cliches on her fifth album produced by Dave Cobb.

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