Dave Michaels

Monday-Friday 5-10am

Dave Michaels play a special mix of Exit music to help you rise and shine and get ready for the day. Catch Stax at Sunrise (6:30am, weekdays), Breakfast With The Beatles (7:20am, weekdays) and Dawn of The Dead (8:30am, weekdays). Plus, Dave periodically chats with artists and community leaders about music and happenings in the area. 

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With time running down until the 71st annual Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park Mother's Day weekend, we visited with two of the eight performers on the Local 518 Lakehouse stage.  

Dyer Switch Band
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Hold on to your seat!  Local 518 bluegrass stalwarts Dyer Switch Band (JoAnn Sifo, Bob Bates, Chris Schultz and Bruce Barker) just dropped by our studio to play some high-octane songs and talk about a forthcoming album, "Original"; the follow-up to 2015's In The Spotlight of The Moon.

SIRSY
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Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti of SIRSY have been traveling around the country, winning over fans and melting hearts with their sassy brand of rock & soul for more than two decades; pouring their hearts and souls into every show, every recording, every song and every note!

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Brandon Decker is a musical mystic who creates psychedelic desert folk from the hills of Sedona, Arizona.  “The songs come out of the ether, they really do,” he explains. “You might have a vision, but as you write them and record them they kind of do their own thing.”  decker's latest creation, "Born To Wake Up" is a love letter to his son, to himself, to the lands he inhabit and to those who would listen.  

Robin Trower
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"If you're not moving forward, you're not standing still; you're going backwards" says the 74-year old venerable guitar player Robin Trower.  Trower, who has been creating music for the better part of five decades has been essentially releasing an album every couple of years like clockwork since his first solo album, 1975's "Twice Removed From Yesterday."

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!

Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique
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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".  

Professor Louie
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Professor Louie and The Crowmatix performed at Cohoes Music Hall on March 1st with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Before the show, Louie and the band stopped by WEXT to talk about their new album, "Songs Of Inspiration". 

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
Artist

We've gone and done it.  We've delared this Local 518 Thursday "Jocelyn & Chris Arndt Day in the 518"! 

Join us for another first-listen, this time it's the sister - brother duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt's entire new album: “The Fun in the Fight.” We'll feature a track every hour, working up to 8pm, when Jocelyn and Chris will step us through each of the new songs, sharing a bit about the song and process. 

The Latin Alternative
Josh Norek/WEXT

"I remember at the time I was looking at a radio report and suddenly saw Manu Chao getting like 20 spins a week in Albany, NY. What is this? How is this possible?!"

That was 2009. WEXT was two years old. Slingerlands native Josh Norek was living in California and was Vice President of Nacional Records.  

Tumo-Kohrs
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Tumo-Kohrs is the creative partnership between Mark "Tumo" Tuomenoksa and Sarah Kohrs. 

He was schooled at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and became a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist.  She received a scholarship and attended Eastman School of Music.  Then earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and became a practicing attorney. 

Lost Leaders
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Lost Leaders, guitarist/vocalist Peter Cole and bassist/vocalist Byron Isaacs have just put the finishing touches on their third LP, Promises, Promises (March 1). 

Ready! Set! Sprint!

Dec 10, 2018
Santa Speedo Sprint
Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP)

It's back!  And more, ahem, festive than ever!  The 13th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint this Saturday, December 15th!

The Weight Band
Artist

Originating inside Levon Helm's famed Woodtock barn, The Weight Band has been keeping the spirit and music alive that defined an era.  Touring nationally for the past four years, the group features members of The Band and Levon Helm Band.  Their debut album, "World Gone Mad", features original songs, a guest appearance from 

Alix Jones
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"Let's Celebrate" is the theme of the 23rd annual First Night Saratoga, Monday, December 31st from 6pm to midnight. Join over 15,000 revelers in downtown Saratoga Springs and take in over 70 exciting performances in 30 downtown venues!  

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
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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!

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.  

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.  

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.  

Alice Howe and Freebo
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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.  

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.

Rich Robinson
Alysse Gafkjen

Dave Michaels chatted with singer, songwriter and former Black Crowes' guitarist Rich Robinson about the past, present and future.  They talk about the trail Robinson blazed with The Black Crowes, his new band, The Magpie Salute, and current relationship with brot

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"Frequently Funky and always soulful!"  Albany's Hartley's Encore stopped by WEXT to play a couple songs from their new self-titled EP and talk to Dave Michaels.  

John Simon
Artist

If you own copies of "Music from Big Pink" by The Band, "Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother & The Holding Company, "The Songs Of Leonard Cohen" by Leonard Cohen or have seen "The Last Waltz", you already know the work of John Simon.  

Artist

The Kansas City Latin Alternative rockers Making Movies stopped by WEXT to perform and talk to Dave Michaels.   

Dana Fuchs
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Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll. This life and times doesn’t always make for easy reading. The triumphs are laced by tragedy, ugliness, injustice.

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