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.

4/5         Eli Paperboy Reed

4/12       Shannon McNally

4/19       The Accidentals

4/26       decker.

5/3         BAILEN

5/10       Screaming Orphans

Briston Maroney
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Nashville singer songwriter, Briston Maroney tells us about his experience on American Idol. He said it changed his perspective on what he thought he might want out of a career in music.  The knowledge he gained about how the industry worked was immeasurable. 

Briston has put out his second EP, "Indiana," and hopes to have a full-length album down the road.

  

decker.
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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.  

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
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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
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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.

Shannon McNally at WEXT
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Shannon McNally tells us, "I believe in the song."

Natalie Prass at WEXT
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Natalie Prass is from Richmond, VA. She's released her latest album called "The Future and the Past" to great acclaim. Along the way, she made a stop by the studios to talk with me about her album, and then went to The Linda to play a concert.

Brandi Carlile & Chris Wienk
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Brandi Carlile has long been a favorite of ours at WEXT. This past year, the release of the magnificent "By The Way, I Forgive You," and her visit to play at the Palace Theatre, we were in heaven.

Our fingers are crossed that Brandi will prevail at the Grammys.  Keep rockin', Ms B!

Constance Hauman
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Constance Hauman has one heck of a story to tell. An opera singer, she got to sing on stage with Leonard Bernstein. But that's just the end of a brilliantly told tale of a story with a million moving parts. Constance tells the story, and the story of her music - her travels from apartment sitting for Andre Watts to that famed moment with Leonard Bernstein t0 her art rock pop singer songwriter albums.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
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Tommy Castro and his band the Painkillers dropped by before playing a special show with Tinsley Ellis at The Egg. Tommy talks about his and Tinsley's long association. This was the first tour they’d done with each other.

Tommy touched on songs with a message from his latest album, "Stompin' Ground." And we learn how the band name came to be.

Sarah McQuaid
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Sarah McQuaid dropped by as she was heading out of town. She had just played at the Waterford Public Library the day before. She stopped by and played us a few songs from her new album, "If We Dig Any Deeper, It Could Get Dangerous."

Thanksgiving on WEXT Radio

Nov 18, 2018
Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant album cover
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Thanksgiving is known for its traditions.

For the past 11 years, WEXT's tradition is let loose Chris and Dave as they play Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." Chris Shaw brings us a bit of an Adirondack Thanksgiving, too. And Michael Eck imagines a gathering for Thanksgiving at the Almanac House in NYC.  Listen for "Thanksgiving Pie" on Thanksgiving Day.

Erin Rae
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Just by chance, singer-songwriter Erin Rae ended up on the Brett Dennen tour that made a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in November.

Erin caught the attention of John Paul White (ex of the Civil Wars) who signed her to his Single Lock Records label. She recorded her latest album in a former Franciscan monastery in Appleton, WI.  Utilizing the reverberant sound that one might expect from such a space, and living on site (it's sort of an artist retreat, now), helped put her in a very special space to unleash the highly personal songs on "Putting On Airs."

The Big Takeover at WEXT
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It was a chilly afternoon last December when the rockin' reggae band from New Paltz called The Big Takeover worked their way up Interstate-87 to our little studios.  They packed all seven members into our studio.

Their latest album marks their ten year anniversary.  "Silly Girl" takes us on a trip to Jamaica for serious ska and reggae influences.  Hear the results of the session we did below.  

ILONA
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ILONA's voice fills any size room. She's got such power in her voice.  We had a chance to catch up with this wonderful singer-songwriter. She's been recording, writing new songs, and putting out some singles and playing at some festivals. Have a listen. We love having ILONA with her bandmates, Tony Moore (of Cutting Crew and Iron Maiden) and KT Parker.

Kathy Mattea at WEXT
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A few years ago, Kathy Mattea was finding that her voice wasn't what it once used to be. It was a cause for serious concern.  After some digging and investigation, she ascertained the change in her voice was something occurring along with the onset of menopause and aging.  She took some advice, and found a new voice teacher.  

After some work and practice, she found the sound for her voice. The result was her new album, "Pretty Bird."

She's at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, tonight.

Amy Helm
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Amy Helm stepped out of her comfort zone. She traveled to the west coast to work with Joe Henry on her latest album. She could have simply recorded as she has in the past, at her father's studio here in Woodstock, but instead, she transplanted herself and took a chance.

That chance paid off. She's just delivered another masterpiece of an album, "This Too Shall Light." She stopped by before a show at The Cohoes Music Hall to let us in on how it was made. She also shared some insight her father, the late, great Levon Helm, gave her. Life lessons learned and she's living them now.

The National Reserve
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Sean Walsh began forming what would become The National Reserve not long after moving to NYC about 14 years ago. With the release of the new album, "Motel La Grange," we find ourselve captivated by their rootsy brand of rock and roll. Songs like "New Love" sparkle and shine.

Hear their backstory. Hear a few songs. Listen to the session below.

Go see them on Saturday, August 18th at The Hangar on the Hudson!

Twisted Pine
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Twisted Pine the young string band from Boston, is quickly making a name for themselves since their debut album in July of 2017. Bringing their wit and vibrant personalities to stages all across the country they stopped by the studio to talk about their new covers EP Dreams. They share fun road stories, how their sound has changed, and channeling Jimi Hendrix on stage.

You can catch them at the Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCA this September.

The Big Takeover at WEXT
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We are so excited that Amsterdam's Riverlink Concerts is bringing the New Paltz reggae band to town this summer. The Big Takeover will be under the tent along the river on July 28th (rain or shine...a great location for a show!).

Bring your dancin' shoes, or your rainboots!  Chris Wienk talks with Nee Nee about their summer tour, and the new single.

Goodnight Moonshine
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Eben Pariser and Molly Venter, of Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly respectively, met kinda by accident - a literal collision of heads.  Together, they make beautiful music as Goodnight Moonshine.  Hear the ancient philophy behind the band's genesis. Hear how they planned their lives out together ten years down the road - on their first date.  

Hear them play some songs from the new album, "I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad."

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
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Professor Louie stopped by with a version of The Crowmatix to talk about his band, The Band, the music and magic, and more.

Catch Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at our 11th birthday party at The Egg on July 6th. Record producer John Simon (producer of Music From Big Pink, and other iconic albums) will be on hand as well.

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.

Mary Gauthier
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Mary Gauthier has released "Rifles and Rosary Beads." It's an album full of songs she's written with soldiers as part of the Songwriting With: Soldiers project.  Mary Gauthier is one of the key songwriters for Songwriting With.  She brought along Mary Judd, one of the co-founders.

Albert Cummings
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B.B. King dubbed  Albert Cummings "a great guitarist."  Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else.  He's played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  

Rebecca Loebe
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Rebecca Loebe's latest album is "Blink." We have been fascinated by the songs "Cannonball," and "Forever  Young Forever."  She plays both and talk about the songs and the album. Plus, we learn about Nobody's Girl.

Altan at WEXT
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Formed in 1987, the Irish band Altan dropped by ahead of their show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  They discussed traditional Irish music, the new album (The Gap of Dreams), and played a few songs as well.

The Grady Girls
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Based in Ithaca, NY, The Grady Girls dropped by to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some great old Irish tunes.  The Grady Girls are:

Nora (fiddle), Marie (flute), Leah (bodhrán), and Saoirse (fiddle) who are based in Ithaca, NY, their hometown, and Oona (fiddle) and newest band member James (guitar), both reside in Saratoga Springs, where they perform as the duo Drank The Gold.  

The Druids at WEXT
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The Irish quartet known as The Druids were in town to play a show with Kevin McKrell. Kevin and Chris Shaw recommended we get the guys in for a visit, and boy did we learn a lot about Irish history and how it continues to be told by the singers and songwriters of today.

Bette Smith at WEXT
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Born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Bette Smith grew up with the tough times and her parents gospel music.  As her older brother was on his death bed, he convinced her to make a change - to use her voice for what it was meant to be used for - singing blues, soul and R&B.

Her latest album is "Jetlagger," and she dropped by to sing songs from the album and talk about making music.

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