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Wild Bill. Sarge. We Are Glad We Got to Know You

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have today, this Local 518 Thursday. Last night, we learned of the passing of a dear friend of WEXT. So much can be said of Greg Haymes. He was a great guy. He was a journalist, a critic, a musician - and was great at all of that. But he was so much more. And to us, he was a very special individual. The WEXT you hear today would not exist if it weren't for Greg's generous spirit and kindness. Before we launched, we had anonymously reached out to learn...

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The City of Albany

Join us May 11 and 12, Mother's Day weekend, for the 2019 Tulip Fest!  We will be hosting the Local 518 Stage at the Lakehouse again this year.  Check out our line-up!

Rodney Crowell Comes to Cohoes

Mar 26, 2019
Rodney Crowell
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Rodney Crowell

Friday, April 5 | The Cohoes Music Hall

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Born in Houston in 1950, Rodney Crowell has released twenty albums in four decades, with five consecutive number-one hits, and has also worked widely as a songwriter and a producer. His honors include 2 Grammys, an ASCAP lifetime achievement award, and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He lives in Nashville. His memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, was critically acclaimed.

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Riverdale Avenue Books

The notion of unknowns doing what they had to do to become stars. It's as long as time.

New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro has been writing books on pop culture for many years. He's written about stars like Susan Sarandon, Adele, Santana, George Harrison, Justin Bieber, and now has written about BTS and the phenomenon called K-Pop.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Sébastien Barré

It's three albums and nearly nine years since our last encounter with Eli "Paperboy" Reed.  He brought his soul swagger to the Madison Avenue stage at Albany's annual LarkFEST in the fall of 2010!

Oshima Brothers
WEXT

Sean and Jamie Oshima, Oshima Brothers, grew up in a musical household in Maine. They remember singing as a family while being driven to school. 

As they got older, they started making their own songs. Now, they not only write and record them but they create and edit their own videos. 

Screaming Orphans
WEXT

Our new friends, the Diver sisters from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, dropped by the day their album, "Life in a Carnival," was released. They were getting ready to play a special show in a community that loves them. They've played in the area several times before.

Joan, Angela, Gràinne and Marie Thérèse played songs from that new album, and we spoke about their life in music.

Local 518 Show 1908
WEXT

Like a little rock, soul, and blues on your Local 518 show? You've come to the right place! On this episode, Andy Gregory features songs by Wild Adriatic + Dan Rodriguez, Lou's Blues, Albert Cummings, James Rock, Playin' With Fire Band, and Mark Tolstrup. The Attic Classic is from Albany's "Ambassador of the Blues" Ernie Williams, who passed away in 2012. "Tell Me Baby What’s Wrong With You" comes from Ernie Williams & The Wildcats 1997 'Harvest Time' disc.

Hozier at The Palace
WEXT

I sat down with Hozier at The Palace Theatre before his sold out show on March 11, 2019.  Hozier had just begun his tour and was downright ebullient over the release of his second album, "Wasteland, Baby."

We talked about his relationship with the blues and R&B, and his mother the the visual artist, and more.

Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique
WEXT

Sandy McKnight is a singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, author and phlebotomist. Well maybe not the latter, but his songs get under our skin.  His new band, Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique, played our studio and talked up a new release called, "Hit List".  

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Gary Clark Jr. had good reason to sweat. The blues-rock singer and guitarist opted to play his first-ever Tiny Desk concert — in front of a huge crowd that warmed the room considerably — while clad in a thick knit cap and heavy jacket. Plus, he'd brought his young son on tour with him and had to contend with a traditional parenting dilemma: How do you bring your kid to the office and still get work done?

Don't worry! Everything's going to be alright. But if you need more reassurance than that, look no further than "Set of Stairs," from the Amsterdam-based band Pip Blom. It's a burst of frenetic joy to lift you up whenever life deals you a bad hand. Its singular message: You got this!

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