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.

Michael Eck
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Michael Eck dropped by to play songs of Woody Guthrie.  Michael and band mate, Brian Melick, are known as Tin Can Alley.  They have a free show at Caffe Lena on February 23 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of "This Land is Your Land." (Fun fact: February 23 is the actual anniversary date!)

This will be a family-friendly event. Bring the kids! Kids love Woody Guthrie's folk songs. They're great to sing along to!

Low Lily
Artist

Low Lily's latest album, "10,000 Days Like This," is pushing two years old. But its members, Flynn Cohen, Liz Simmons and Lissa Schneckenburger haven't been idle. In between projects, they work on solo efforts that, as Liz says "add to the palate that is the basis of Low Lily."

Emily Wolfe & Chris Wienk
WEXT

Our good friend, Emily Wolfe came up through from Austin, TX to play a show tonight at The Linda. Sure... It would be the coldest day/night we've had in some time. Sorry, you guys.  Good thing we have your amazing rock to beat the cold back with.

Emily's rock trio will play tonight at The Linda.  Do yourself (and your Valentine date) a favor. Go to the show!

Carmen Lookshire & Joe Carrick
WEXT

I have been a fan of Carmen Lookshire for some time. She's brought by several songs she's put out as single the past few years.  I'm so happy to report that she has a debut EP coming out on Valentine's Day, appropriately called "For Love."

Carmen and her guitarist Joe Carrick dropped by to share some tracks from the EP and play a live track for us as well.  Visit her website to see where and when she is playing out next.

Devon Gilfillian at WEXT
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 Devon Gilfillian's father played in a band. Music has always been a part of Devon's life. Growing up in Philly with all kinds of music around, Devon's style is a brilliant blend.

His debut album, "Black Hole Rainbow," is filled with great sounds.

Chuck Vosganian & Chris Wienk
WEXT

Rochmon Record Club is a special experience. Fans of music gather to hear all about a favorite artist, a favorite record. Chuck brings everyone together to listen to an entire album as if "for the first time."

February 15, join Chuck at Caffe Lena for John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow" record. Hear all about it.
 

Chuck Vosganian of Rochmon Record Club
WEXT

Chuck Vosganian puts his heart and soul into his Rochmon Record Club presentations.  As Chuck says, join them to listen to the album together for the first time, again.  In this episode, we discuss the powerhouse that is Cream, and their amazing album "Disraeli Gears."

See Chuck and experience the Rochmon Record Club yourself at The Linda on Saturday, February 15th.

Bob Bates
WEXT

Each year, Bob Bates gets his band together to pay tribute to the artists we lost on The Day the Music Died, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

This year's show is at The Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls on February 2nd.

Bob and I talk about the artists, the music, and more.

Chuck Vosganian and Chris Wienk
WEXT

Chuck Vosganian of Rochmon Record Club dropped by to talk about one of the best albums EVER. Carole King's "Tapestry" might be one of those albums you could consider "perfect." Several hits line both sides, even the "B-tracks" are solid!

Experience the Rochmon Record Club at The Linda with Carole King's "Tapestry" on January 30th.

Michael Eck
WEXT

Michael Eck and I love to chat about music. We both share a love of "lists," especially ones that can cause a bit of controversy. And there seems to be no more controversy than when the list of nominees for the Rock Hall come out - save for when we have the final list of who will be inducted into the Rock Hall (May 2nd, 2020).

Let the games begin!

Dom Flemons
WEXT

Dom Flemons is the American Songster. He is all about the music, all kinds of music from folk to blues to jazz to early rock n roll, and he’s about the music's lineage. Right from the very start, Dom wanted to know more about where the songs came from. 

His last album was a concept album, exploring the world and music of western pioneers of African American descent, known as the Black Cowboys. This year, Dom will release a newly expanded version of his 2014 album, "Prospect Hill."

Lonnie Shields
Artist

Saturday, January 11 | The Linda

Lonnie Shields picked up the guitar at the age of 12. He taught himself by listening to songs on the radio.  Lonnie and his band will be rockin' the roof off the house at The Linda on Saturday, January 11th.  Lonnie and I talk about how he's keeping the flame of the blues alive and burning.

The Gigglers at WEXT
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The Diver Library in Schaghticoke has held a songwriting workshop for kids of all ages (adults, too!) each of the last two summers. Head librarian, Nick Matulis, brings the kids together with Local 518 musicians, and they make the songs the kids write into reality. They recorded their second album this past summer. It's called "A Universe of Stories."  The band is known as The Gigglers, and they came in to talk up the project and play the songs from the album.  

Jontavious Willis on his 1845 banjo
WEXT

Jontavious Willis is an old soul. He plays new, original music (and covers some of the greats, too) that sounds like it was written at least 100 years ago.

His style caught the attention of Taj Mahal, who invited him up on stage - and then out on tour. That's when he met Keb' Mo'.  Keb' would go on to produce Jontavious' album "Spectacular Class." I had the chance to sit down with Jontavious to talk music, and to witness the spine-chilling performances that seriously hook you in.

The Gigglers at WEXT
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The Diver Library in Schaghticoke has held a songwriting workshop for kids of all ages (adults, too!) each of the last two summers. Head librarian, Nick Matulis, brings the kids together with Local 518 musicians, and they make the songs the kids write into reality. They recorded their second album this past summer. It's called "A Universe of Stories."  The band is known as The Gigglers, and they came in to talk up the project and play the songs from the album.  Hear on Saturday (1/4) at 6pm. 

Nobody's Girl at WEXT
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When three of Austin's great singer-songwriters get together to hang out and write songs, a band forms.  That's apparently what happened with Betty Soo, Rebecca Loebe and Grace Pettis gathered. They created a video for a cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car."  They were planning to use that as promotion for a brief tour the three were going to do in the round.

Hear the rest of the story, and some of their original songs that they've done as Nobody's Girl.

The Wynotte Sisters at WEXT
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Each year, The Wynotte Sisters regroup around their favorite time of the year - Christmas. They love wine and cheese, and those seem to go well together even more so at this time of the year.

Vibeke Saugestad, Daria Grace and Sara Milonovich are The Wynotte Sisters!

Enjoy!

Kalyna Rakel
WEXT

Kalyna Rakel comes to us from north of Toronto. Her style has evolved to a deeply rooted sound. Her songs, her voice, she’s quite captivating. 

When you first meet Kalyna Rakel, you notice her unassuming, charming and a bit shy nature. When she puts a guitar in her hands she comes alive, almost with a snarl as she pours out a gutsy roots and blues filled stream of music that sucks you in. Once is not enough. You’ll find you need more, after you hear her perform. 

Karl Bertrand & Dan Johnson
WEXT

Three amazing Local 518 songwriters team up for a very special show at Caffe Lena on Sunday, December 15. Karl Bertrand (of Let’s Be Leonard) and Dan Johnson dropped by to discuss the show and play a few songs. They'll be joined by Adam Brockway (of Eastbound Jesus) at Caffe Lena. 

We get to learn a little about these amazing songwriters. Plus, we hear about the special show as well. 

Heather Maloney
WEXT

Heather Maloney stopped by the studios on her way up to her CD release show at Caffe Lena. Her new CD, "Soil in the Sky," was released on June 14. 

Heather Maloney's new album, "Soil in the Sky," was made with the participation of her fans who helped choose the songs. It was different than has been done with these fan supported records of late. This time, Heather went out on tour with the songs, and then asked people to vote on them. She tallied up the votes and ended up with an album. 

Hollis Brown
WEXT

We are big fans of Queens rockers, Hollis Brown. Their new album "Ozone Park" is named after their neighborhood. Polished rock gets stripped down to its essence in our studio. We thank the band for dropping by to share songs and their story. 

See Hollis Brown with Vintage Trouble at The Hollow on November 30.  Enter below to win tickets.

Chuck Vosganian
WEXT

The Rochmon Record Club experience is taking a twist this next time. November 30th at The Linda, join Chuck Vosganian with his latest show. Five Local 518 bands play the music of David Bowie, all eras represented. 

The five bands are Bendt, Haley Moley, Ampevene, Front Biz and Zan & the Winter Folk. Details at The Linda website. Let’s hear what Chuck has to say. 

Billy & Tory from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow
WEXT

Two of the five-man band, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow dropped by to promote the release of their new single, "Hey Lady." (See the video below).  They have a new album coming in January called "Band Together." 

They have a release show at the Stationary Factory in Dalton, MA (where they recorded the album) on November 30th.  Click here for details.

Local 518 Bendt
WEXT

Local 518 band Bendt dropped by to talk up a special new Rochmon Record Club live show with five Local 518 bands, including Haley Moley, Ampevene, Zan & the Winter Folk, Front Biz, and Bendt.  They'll all be doing a retrospective of David Bowie's music with Chuck Vosganian acting as emcee. Plus, Chuck will do his Rochmon Record Club special presentation on the life and music of David Bowie.  This happens November 30th at The Linda.

Kristin Rebecca
WEXT

Columbia, MD, a northern suburb to Washington, DC is home to Kristin Rebecca She is a touring folk musician with plenty of experience behind her.  She started performing, and soon after her family began to play music as well.

Hear her discuss her newest album, "Tales, Trials, Truths," and she talks about how she first chose to play the harp.

  

Damhnait Doyle at WEXT
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The first time I heard "That’s What You Get," I was hooked. I cannot get enough. I listen over and over. The rest of Damhnait Doyle's album touches my heart, too. Songs like "Shoot to Miss," "Better Life," "So Clean," and others drive home not only what a great songwriter Damhnait is, but her voice...

Sean & Jamie Oshima at WEXT
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Sean and Jamie Oshima have become near and dear to our hearts here at WEXT Radio.  Their song "These Cold Nights" is still the soundtrack of the nights that are now longer and getting colder, for sure.  

Chuck Vosganian & Chris Wienk
WEXT

One of 1976's biggest albums was “Fly Like An Eagle."

At the next event, Chuck Vosganian's Rochmon Record Club takes on this Steve Miller album. Chuck talks with me about the album, and he goes a little bit into it. But he saves the best stuff for November 19 at Caffe Lena where you can experience the full on Rochmon experience. 

Sawyer Fredericks & Chris
WEXT

Big news! We love finding out that Sawyer Fredericks is working on new music for our thirsty ears. Since his big win on "The Voice," Sawyer has continued to make a name for himself. He’s committed to the artistry of making music. He’s committed to his hometown community. He continues to help charitable causes in the community and so much more. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to grow his fan base and tour the country

Bob Warren at WEXT
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It was in 1969 that Lena Spencer saw a musical that singer-songwriter Bob Warren had written much of the music and songs for at his highschool in Greenwich.  That night, she invited Bob to come play at the Caffe.  The rest, as they say, is history. And there is a lot of that!  And a lot of songs.  

Bob sat down with me to talk about some of his songs, some of the stories, and played a few - including a very early song, and one that has yet to be released.

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