Chris Wienk

Afternoon DJ/Program Director

Chris Wienk
Mon-Fri 3-9pm

Chris grew up listening to his dad play the pipe organ. Chris always got into the deep bass notes. As a little boy, Chris could be found dancing in front of tiny, little stereo speakers that were playing old Simon & Garfunkel. To this day, Chris LOVES “The Boxer,” and can often be heard saying “groovy” (as in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”).

Chris’ epiphany moment came in the summer of 1975 when he first heard Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug.” That was the beginning of his quest for music that had such power and emotion.

Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

Christopher Shaw
Artist

We couldn't be happier than to hear that Christopher Shaw has written a new song - a tribute to the recently passed John Prine.

Chris and I talk about what he's been up to these last five years and in the pandemic, and you can watch the performance that just appeared on Chris' Facebook page.  Thanks for sharing with us, Chris.

Andy Morse
Artist

The Wheel | Jericho Drive-In

Tuesday, July 21 at 8pm

Andy Morse has been making music in our community in many bands over the years. And kids have been growing up seeing him as Andy The Music Man for 25 years. His band, The Wheel will be playing the music of Grateful Dead at the Jericho Drive-In on Tuesday, July 21. 

Terra Spencer at Home
Artist

Terra Spencer felt the need to stay connected to her fanbase while in isolation in Nova Scotia. She may not have been the first, and certainly not the only one to switch over to "livestream" activity to try to replace the live concert setting, but she sure went at least one step further. Her weekly hang with her fans became "Blanket Fort Tonight."

Learn about her story, her new song "Raining On a Saturday," and more.

Lynne Hanson with Crowvid-19
Artist

Lynne Hanson has used her time in isolation to create, and to help her husband create.  She's known as the Queen of Americana in Canada.  Her husband is a contractor by day, but also creates large scale metal sculptures - like the Crowvid-19.  Learn about Crowvid, and Lynne's new record called "Just Words."

Proceeds from the Crowvid-19 sculpture installation have been helping the Ottawa Foodbank.

Fab the Duo at Home
WEXT

They bill themselves as the modern day Sonny and Cher (but they say they are both Cher).

Greg and Brendan met on Tinder, and found a common thread in their lives that was in music.  Their friendship and love blossomed as they formed a band - Fab the Duo.

Learn their story and about their love of music, and all about their new EP, "Our Love is Resistance."

Rachel Ana Dobken
Artist

When I first heard Rachel Ana Dobken's album, "When It Happens To You," I knew I had to find a way - even in a pandemic - to have a conversation with her.  Her music is fascinating. Her story, while only getting started, is also fascinating.

In the Valley
Artist

Husband and wife Local 518 duo, In The Valley, Katie and James met at Houghton College in western New York. They found common ground in music and began a friendship that would result in love and marriage. We hear about their story of how they met, and about their songs.

So far, the songs we've heard from In the Valley have us craving more.

Aubrie Sellers
Artist

Aubrie Sellers grew up around country music, daughter of two famed country stars - Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers.

While stuck at home, and not able to be out on tour promoting her new album, "Far From Home, she took a few moments to talk about her new record, and tell us about how her family has been making masks and other things to help out the community.  And we discuss "garage country," the genre Aubrie has brilliantlly created to help her stand out in the crowded field.

Alice Howe
Artist

We met Alice Howe at a Folk music conference.  We were immediately swept up by her amazing voice and songs.  Plus, she introduced us to the amazing bass player, Freebo, who played with Bonnie Raitt back in the day.

Here new full-length record is "Visions." We discuss that, music, Freebo, and making a cool video.

Mike Mattison
Artist

We know Mike Mattison for his work with Derek Trucks and with Tedeschi Trucks, and his own band Scrapomatic.  Mike's second solo album, "Afterglow," draws on his influences - both musical and literary.

Mike and I talk about his growing up in Minneapolis, his musical influences, and the songs and stories that make up "Afterglow."

Waitress
Artist

The Albany band Waitress, Juliana, Gabe and Kyle met in college.  They formed the band and were just about a happening thing as the pandemic started.  We met them at the "virtual" Tulip Fest, and we were smitten.

Hear their story. Hear their songs. Check them out.

Roger Street Friedman
Artist

Roger Street Friedman played music as a young man. Life took him on a bit of a detour, but music drew him back. Roger was in his 50's when he first released his own music, a second act as it were.  He caught the attention of Larry Campbell who said he loved Roger's songs.  Larry and Roger agreed to work together someday. Roger wasn't sure that would actually happen.  And then... it did.

Hear about Roger's latest album, "Rise," produced by Larry Campbell. 

William Prince
Artist

William Prince grew up around music. His father always had a guitar laying around. His father, his grandfather, they were both musicians - preachers who sang from the pulpit. His mother and sister both sang.

We learn about how William found his voice, and about his amazing songs. His new album is "Reliever." Winning Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy) hasn't filled his head with ego. You'll find him both humble and humbling.

Courtney Marie Andrews
Artist

Arizona singer-songwriter, Courtney Marie Andrews has captured our hearts with her new album, "Old Flowers."  We hear all about how the album came to be, and about some of the characters in Courtney's life growing up.

David Bromberg "Big Road"
Artist

David Bromberg has been a fixture in folk rock since forever. Well, alright, not forever, but for a long long time. His latest effort is produced by Larry Campbell and the CD version also features a really cool DVD with a few of the songs done to video.

Have a listen to my conversation with David.

Marc Delgado
Artist

We've been getting to know Marc Delgado for a few years. He moved here from California. He and his wife started a family and put down roots in the Woodstock area.

Marc's latest album, as he says, is aiming to be a bit more "cheerful," or at least "less dark."  The album he's working on is "Wildwood Road." His IndieGogo campaign is in full swing. The campaign ends on July 11th.  You can find more information about it at his website.

Dave Matthews
JB McCullough

Will Levith is editorial director at Saratoga Living/Capital Region Living. He told me that it has been a long time in the making, but he has finally gotten to do a story around Dave Matthews. We spoke of how Dave has become an institution, and how Saratoga was there at the beginning of Dave’s career. 

The next issue of the two magazines is the first combined issue and is out June 4th. 

Alexa Rose at Home
WEXT

"Medicine for Living" had its origins in a road trip to California. Alexa Rose was driving, and listening to an old Gospel Radio show.  The song came to her.  We learn about how songs come to her, and she plays a few for us, too.

And if you get down to North Carolina, swing by Black Mountain Doughnut Factory.  Check out the doughnuts Alexa and her husband make!

Lucas Garrett
Artist

While the music industry wanders around trying to make sense of how to do its "business" during the pandemic, artists like Local 518 Lucas Garrett continue to do their thing - make music.

Lucas reached out as the outbreak was beginning. When we set up our session taping, I don't think either of us thought we'd be doing it this way. Lucas was in his home and I in mine. He recorded a couple acoustic numbers, we did the interview, and voila... 518 At Home Session with Lucas Garrett.

Mike + Ruthy
Artist

no·net
/nōˈnet/

noun
a group of nine people or things, especially musicians.
a musical composition for nine voices or instruments.

Mike + Ruthy brought back their folk rock band, The Mammals a couple years ago. They've been busy making records and touring. The band has morphed to play various venues from the classic Mike + Ruthy duo to a quintet, quartet, sextet, and apparently for this new album, "Nonet," nine people!

Caffe Lena 60th Anniversary
Agency

Happy anniversary to Caffe Lena! 60 years! Wow!

Executive Director, Sarah Craig and I talked about the plans to celebrate - even while we're social distancing and in the midst of a pandemic. Bands. Flatbed trailers. Trucks. Music. It's a parade! Plus, we discuss the importance of the Caffe and how essential they are to our health and that of the Local 518 music scene.

May 21st

12n-1p Parade through Saratoga

Bob Bates
Artist

Bob Bates (of the Bob Bates Band, Dyer Switch and so much more) will be releasing many songs that he's had collecting dust. We'll find them online soon!

Bob and I discussed the collection and play a few from those recordings he has made.  Have a listen. It is always a treat to have Bob by the studio. This time we kept our distance, I'm sad to say.  Find Bob on Facebook as Robert Bates.

Julia Alsarraf
Artist

Local 518 singer-songwriter Julia Alsarraf first came to our attention at one of The City of Albany's September in the City Art Fair events.  Her lovely stage presence coupled with a sweet voice and endearing lyrics in her songs helped cement our love for her and her music. 

One listen, and we know you'll be hooked, too! Her new EP, "Mixed Emotions" is out this weekend. Friday night at 7pm, join her at her website for a live stream virtual party.


Beth Bombara
Artist

Beth Bombara quickly became one of my favorite artists. She writes songs that really connect with me. I dig it when an artist can do that. Turns out, she agonizes over posting a selfie - I do that, too!  Although, I had no idea that one of her songs was inspired by that dilemma of having to post, and yet...

Jackson Browne & Leslie Mendelson
Artist

Leslie Mendelson was going through some pretty rough stuff.  As she was, the songs just came out. Into the studio she went, and the result was a record that could seem dark and foreboding, but even though Leslie bares her soul and shares some of the things that were very ominous for her, the record is a powerful statement on her own anxiety and depression, and the crises facing us today, hatred in the news, the opiod issues and more.

Chuck Vosganian/Rochmon Record Club
Chuck Vosganian

Chuck Vosganian's Rochmon Record Club, like us all, has taken a pause.  He's still working on shows, and looks forward to the day when we can all safely get out there and associate a bit more closely with each other.

We talk up one of my favorite albums, Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town."

Brandy Clark & Ava Gardner
Artist

Brandy Clark is just as delightful as you might imagine.  While we didn't actually meet, I had a great "at home" conversation with her about her third album called "Your Life Is a Record." If you love books, you might even want to join her book club.  It sounds like a lot fun!

Maddy Hicks
WEXT

Local 518 singer songwriter, Maddy Hicks attends college in Nashville. She's been home continuing to work on her craft this spring. We've become quite enamoured by her debut album, "The Bliss You Missed." We discuss her album, and she plays a few songs for us.

Perhaps you've seen her at First Night Saratoga, or at other area engagements over the past few years.

Margaret Glaspy
Artist

Margaret Glaspy's life has changed. As with all of us, her life has been evolving. Just into her 30's, Margaret has released her second full length album, "Devotion." We discuss her evolution. We discuss music and the concept  behind this album.

Margaret was in her home. I was in mine. Welcome to #AtHomeWithWEXT.

Michaela Anne Facebook Live
Artist

Michaela Anne and I discussed her latest release, "Desert Dove," and the new single "Run Away With Me." We also talked about ways artists are trying to reach out to their fans, and the economy of artists.

We also talked about one of her favorite songs, Julie Gold's "From A Distance." So, of course, we asked her to do a cover before she left us. Two nights later, she went live on our Facebook page.

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