Live at EXT

Friday, 12n

Live @ EXT is where we bring you closer to the artists who make the music. These interviews and sessions often include intimate live performances that sound different than the recording, or the live show.  Hear these Friday at 12n.

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1/10 - Lost Leaders

1/17 - Nobody's Girl

1/24 - Lisa Bastoni

Terra Spencer at Home
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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
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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.

Rachel Ana Dobken
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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.

Aubrie Sellers
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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
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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.

Roger Street Friedman
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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
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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
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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.

Marc Delgado
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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.

Alexa Rose at Home
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"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!

Mike + Ruthy
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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!

Beth Bombara
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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...

Brandy Clark & Ava Gardner
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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!

Margaret Glaspy
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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
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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.

Nicole Atkins
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Nicole Atkins took a trip from Nashville down to Muscle Shoals, AL to record an album based on her growing up on the Jersey Shore.  The album is filled with the eclectic nature of the Boardwalk, Asbury Park and the life of teens on the beaches hangin' out.

Nicole's new album coming out April 17th is called "Italian Ice." We learn all about the name, and about a dice game that Nicole takes to bars to help meet people, and more.

Joe Jencks
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Joe Jencks started as a touring musician in 2000. For 20 years, he has made a name for himself as a folk singer with a special voice.  His latest album, "Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers" is a magnificent work of storytelling. He tells our stories.

Joe dropped by on his way to play an Old Songs concert. He played us some new songs, and discussed a bit about his career.

Wes Buckley
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Meet Pittsfield, MA singer-songwriter Wes Buckley. We were introduced to him by mutual friend Johnny Irion. We learn all about him and hear him play songs from his album "Dancing The Bliss."

Low Lily
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The Brattleboro trio, Low Lily dropped by to play songs, and discuss music. Liz Simmons, Lissa Schneckenburger and Flynn Cohen have harmonious voices. We learn how the band met, and a bit about songwriting, too. Each of these artists is known in her/his own right. Together, they bring their influences from all points along the folk spectrum.

If you missed them at Caffe Lena, they’ll be back for a night at Old Songs, April 3.

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.

Dom Flemons
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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."

Jontavious Willis on his 1845 banjo
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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.

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.

Kalyna Rakel
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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. 

Heather Maloney
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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
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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.

Billy & Tory from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow
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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.

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.  

Amy McCarley at WEXT
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Amy McCarley took the big leap from a day-to-day "regular" job working as a NASA contractor in Alabama. She leaped, and is now a fulltime touring musician.  Her third album came onto our radar. It's called "MECO," which stands for "main engine cut off." We learn what that means, and how Amy's path in music is going.

Have a listen.

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