Ivy Stevens-Gupta

Listen: SIRSY, Quarantine and New Music!

SIRSY and WEXT go back a long time together. And we truly enjoy every time we get to interact with Mel and RIch, even if it's just over the phone with some miles in between. The duo have been productive during the first half of 2020 streaming live on their YouTube page, baking cookies, and writing new material. SIRSY has given WEXT exclusive access to a song born out of quarantine called, "Astronauts." It'll be released on the duo's website October 1st, but WEXT listeners can hear it before...

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Rob Beaulieu

Rob Beaulieu is a certified practitioner of the jam band arts and divides his time between Council Fire, The Stone Revival Bnad and Raisinhead.  

Sam Morrow

Two years before releasing Gettin' By on Gettin' Down — the most guitar-driven, groove-heavy album of Sam Morrow's catalog, with songs that roll just as hard as they rock — Morrow hit the highway in support of his third record, Concrete & Mud.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 47 2006

Sep 24, 2020
Eliza Gilkyson

A musical environmentalist striving for global justice, and a songwriter impresses Joan Baez.

This is episode 47 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah for the list of songs and artists for the feature.

Steve Candlen

Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter Steve Candlen has played all over the Capital Region. He began his music career as a drummer, playing for artists like Franklin Micare, Felix Cavelieres Rascals and Irish folk artist Kevin McKrell

Ivy Stevens-Gupta

SIRSY and WEXT go back a long time together. And we truly enjoy every time we get to interact with Mel and RIch, even if it's just over the phone with some miles in between.  

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 46 2005

Sep 17, 2020
We're About 9

Open mic night in Ellicott City, MD creates a new group, and a band claims playing the most number of shows in 24 hours.

This is episode 46 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song.  Thank you to Sarah for this list of songs and artists for the feature.


As these stories often go, E.R.I.E. was born out of tumult. In the midst of an unexpected, three day stint in the hospital in October of 2018, E.R.I.E. architect TJ Foster (Accents, Darling Valley) was asking a lot of cliché, existential questions. That kind of thing is to be expected when one’s heart stops for fifteen seconds on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night.


We fell for Belle-Skinner's hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano voice and innate sense of melody a handful of years ago on WEXT.  

We enjoyed a recent - albeit socially-distanced - visit from Belle-Skinner when she came by to tape a segment for WMHT-TV's AHA! A House for Arts (Wednesday nights at 7:30pm).  Hear these sessions on the radio (and here online), and see them on WMHT-TV.

Francesca Blanchard

It has been a few years since we last chatted, and Francesca Blanchard has been quite busy. She even took some time away from music to re-evaluate her path.  Her latest album is a "break up record." Francesca tells us that she actually went through the break up during the writing and making of the record.  You can hear the raw emotion in the songs.  

The album is called "Make It Better." And check out the cool video below, too.

Jim Gaudet

Jim Gaudet and WEXT go way back together. We've been loving every time we get to interact with Jim, even if it is just on our TV screen.  Local 518 artists are now appearing on WMHT TV's AHA (A House for Arts).  Hear these sessions on the radio (and here online), and see them on WMHT-TV.

Jim played a few cool tunes for us in this session, "Hold On (A Father's Lament)," "Going Up to Saratoga," and "Handle the Truth."


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