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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10/18 - Amy McCarley

10/25 - Kevin Daniel

11/1 - SonReal

11/8 - Eilen Jewell

Amy McCarley at WEXT

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.

Kevin Daniel

Kevin Daniel calls himself, "a jack-of-all-trades, but the master of none." The North Carolina native can play several instruments and sing several styles, and do everything from musical theater to singing in a punk band. But it wasn't until after graduating George Washington University when he started playing in a bluegrass band that he realized his connection to and love of old timey music.  

Alyssa Rose

Alyssa Rose is one of my favorite storytelling songwriters. It’s been a couple years since she’s come over our way.  At the moment, she’s finishing her advanced degree program.  While studying and working on her degree, she continues to work on her music. She took a bit of a break for a short hiatus. Recently, she has been getting back into her music. She has been playing as the accompanying music for yoga classes, among other things. 

The Gibson Brothers at WEXT

When is a bluegrass band not a bluegrass band? Well, sometimes when The Gibson Brothers play as the "Mockingbird" band, they are playing their brand of country rock, complete with electric guitars and drums. We had the chance to hang with Leigh and Eric with a few bandmates who then proceeded to play songs from their new album as an electrified country rock band, but in an acoustic setting.

In fact, Eric let on that this session has the first and only time (so far) that they have played "Lay Your Body Down" as an acoustic set up.  Let's rock Gibson Brother-style.

Emily Wolfe

On her way to play a show at The Linda, Austin, TX rocker - and amazing guitarist, Emily Wolfe stopped by to play a few songs in the studio. We discussed being in recovery, and how she's able to function in the music world filled with temptations. She share her feelings on all kinds of musical thoughts, including her favorite artists.  (Note: one of my favorites - ever - is on her list, making me like her even more).

Mary Scholz at WEXT

Philadelphia singer-songwriter, Mary Scholz makes California her home. Her latest full length record is all about the journey westward to make California her new home.  She's been out touring and continuing to create great songs. She delivers her latest, and a brand new song that will come out soon.

We talk about the meaning of life, in a way, and the importance of women in our society, and in our lives.

Shovels & Rope
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Fresh from their stop in Saratoga Springs on the 2019 Wheels of Soul Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band and Blackberry Smoke at SPAC, Shovels & Rope; the married duo of indie folk, roots-rockers Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, dropped by WEXT to share

Hanzolo at WEXT

Meet a band from Cooperstown called Hanzolo. These guys have ties with each other that mostly date back to fourth grade. They learn a bit about each other as they reveal instruments the others had no idea they played (even if ever so briefly). An entertaining band to say the least, we learn how they got the band name and more. And yes, they are "Star Wars” fans, but that’s not exactly where the name comes from. 

Hear Hanzolo, and their very interesting blend of rock, funk, soul and jazz.

Erin McKeown at WEXT

Just ahead of her show at Caffe Lena, the first of their monthly #PrideNight series, Erin McKeown dropped by to talk about her latest projects and work, including "Miss You Like Hell," her first Off-Broadway musical. She's working on another musical, and some new music in the form of an album, or EP that we cannot wait to hear.

In the meantime, enjoy her Live @ EXT Session.

Heather Maloney

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. 

The Belle Curves

Delaney Hafener dropped by to play songs from her latest project, The Belle Curves. The Long Island native has been to our studios before. She's one of the primary singer songwriters involved in the band Pandafan as well.

Delaney's new project focuses on her own songwriting - songs drawn from her own life experiences.  The songs come from a forthcoming album.


She made history being the only woman to ever hold the International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Guitar Player of the Year. Then immediately made history again by winning a second time in a row!

Molly Tuttle talks about that experience and what it means for up and coming female artists. She also performs new songs from her debut solo album "When You're Ready" and shows off her famous flat picking. 

Gary Hoey

World renowned rock guitarist Gary Hoey was recently in town playing a show and dropped by WEXT.  Armed with only a Line 6 Pocket POD and his legendary Fender Stratocaster, he gloriously hammered out songs from his 21st album. 

Briston Maroney

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.


Sam Morrow

Houston-born, LA-based Sam Morrow started putting out bluesy, boot-stompingly traditional records a few years back. His newest, Concrete and Mud, finds him merging classic rock, southern soul and funk in there, too (in fact, a friend of Morrow’s dubbed it “countrified funk”).


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

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

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.

Amanda Anne Platt

Their recent album saw Amanda Anne Platt take more of a visible role as leader and chief songwriter of the band she formed.  Now, as Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, it is plain and obvious that she is the leader of the band.

She played solo for us in this studio session that was just before a bit of a homecoming show at Caffe Lena.  How does an artist who moves from downstate New York to North Carolina have ties to the 518? She attended Skidmore.  Listen up!

Shannon McNally at WEXT

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

Natalie Prass at WEXT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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.