Local 518 Sessions

Thursday 11:30pm

Live performances and conversations with Local 518 musicians. Each week, we highlight a different Local 518 artist in session with a brief interview to introduce you go the artist.

This is the schedule of the upcoming sessions with Local 518 artists. (Dates are the Thurs 11:30p.)

2/7 - Bob Bates/JoAnn Sifo (Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper, 2/10 at The Strand Hudson Falls)

2/14 - Tumo-Kohrs

2/21 - Marty Wendell (Caffe Lena show, tribute to Johnny Cash, 2/24)

2/28 - Dan Berggren (Caffe Lena 3/2, matinee show - check with venue to see if tickets available)

3/7 - Michael Jerling

 

Kevin McKrell at WEXT
WEXT

Kevin McKrell dropped by to discuss a reformation of Donnybrook Fair. They're playing a few area shows this week. There are not plans beyond occasional shows, but Kevin is in the process of readying a new solo album. He's finalizing the songs. We hope to hear he's recording later this year.

Katie Louise
WEXT

Katie Louise dropped by to talk about hew new EP, "Unleash."  We discussed songwriting, her CD release show and specifically about two of the 7 songs on the EP.  Turns out the first song we play in the interview was a song she wrote at 16. It's called "Imprisoned in Paradise."

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Local musician Maria known as Belle Skinner splits her time between Albany and Brooklyn. This weekend she will be  in Albany  headlining a show alongside Girl Blue and Zan & the Winter Folk. Saturday at the Linda Performing Arts Center. Go to hear her soprano voice that will mesmerize you and the nostalgic sound of her music that will have your heart. 

Bob Bates & JoAnn Sifo
WEXT

Bob Bates and JoAnn Sifo of Dyer Switch Band playing songs of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. A special tribute on February 10 at 3pm at The Strand in Hudson Falls.

The live show sold out last year, and this is the 60th anniversary of the "day the music died." So, if you think you want to go, you should call up the Strand to get your tickets (518.832.3484).

Have a listen!

Michael Jerling at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Michael Jerling stopped in to discuss and play songs from his newest release called "Family Recipe." We learned a little about what inspires him and how he goes about making an album. Plus, Michael talked about the amazing contributors to this new record. 

Michael's CD release is at Caffe Lena on December 29th. 

The Gigglers from the Diver Library
WEXT

Libraries are more than just quiet spaces with books. These days, libraries are the hub of communities, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Schaghticoke, NY.  Diver Library director, Nicholas Matulis is also a Local 518 musician. He's been in the WEXT studios before with several projects, including Swamp Baby, one of our favorite Local 518 bands.

The Wynotte Sisters at WEXT
WEXT

Wine. Cheese. Licorice.  That's how the Wynotte Sisters met.  They found that they each had a penchant for some great old Christmas chestnuts.  And for the past few years, they've been making a name for themselves in the Hudson Valley playing holiday shows.

Hear their story, and the three part harmonies in a few, cool yule tunes.

Jim Gaudet & Chris Wienk
WEXT

One of my favorite musicians is Jim Gaudet. It is always a treat when he comes by to sit and chat. After seeing him this summer, I had invited him by. I knew that he'd been working on some new songs as he tried to stump the Railroad Boys by calling for the new songs (with almost no rehearsal) in the set list.  The Boys are always of good humor and will launch into almost any song Jim calls for.

Honey Slider
WEXT

They met while performing in a student production of "Rent."  They've been writing songs ever since.  Hear what the duo/band Honey Slider is up to next.

Their new CD will be released at a special show at The Hollow on October 26th.

Peter Annello
WEXT

When Peter Annello first came to us, he knocked us out with his charm and guitar playing abilities.  He's been working on his playing - playing out, going to cool guitar and music workshops like the ones at Cample Cripple Creek (summer of 2018) where he met and impressed Larry Campbell and others.

We keep admiring Peter's drive and his songs.  Now, he's out of high school, and he keeps impressing.  Check out his session with the trio, his father Chip Annello on drums and Paul Zullo on bass.

Julia Alsarraf
WEXT

Singer-songwriter, Julia Alsarraf stopped by to play a few songs and talk about making music.  Catch her around downtown Troy streets, or on her Facebook page.

Plus, we'll be with her and the City of Albany for September in the City at Dinapoli Park in downtown on September 13, 2018 from 1130-2p.

Here's her session. We look forward to when she makes some recordings.

Hamilton Craig
WEXT

From Shushan, NY, Local 518 singer-songwriter Hamilton Craig tends to break molds (and he has in the best of ways), but this time around, he's coming at music from a new place - in life and in his love for folk music.  While that may seem like he's giving us a straight-ahead set of folk music, it may not.  

His songs have a singular voice, one that speaks from the living of life, one that tells truth, emboldens, and empowers.

Steve Candlen & Chris Wienk
WEXT

Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter Steve Candlen has been a little quiet in his music output the last few months, but as he says in this session, the muse is back. His creativity took a slight detour while he built furniture and stuff for a new house he and his girlfriend just moved into.

Steve will be one of the Court Jester Troubadours with us at #ExitDome11. See details and get tickets at this link.

Zan & the Winter Folk
WEXT

Local 518 artist, Zan Strumfeld has been a favorite here at WEXT.  She's been on a quest for just the right sound. She thinks she has found it with the new bandmates that make up The Winter Folk.  Find out where the band name comes from, and hear the resulting sound (minus their drummer) in this new studio session. We're looking forward to the EP they talk about as well.

The McWatters Brothers
WEXT

Matt and Tom McWatters dropped by with their band (Scott Smith, drums, Tony Califano, keyboards, and Chris Neuhaus, bass). They played a couple Springsteen tracks from "Darkness on the Edge of Town." The brothers will be covering the entire album at a special show at The Low Beat on August 11th.

Hear all about it, and find out their favorite songs from the record. Plus, we have a special treat with the opening act from that night, Unbreakable Bonds.

HEARD
WEXT

We all love to be captivated - to be blown away by the power of music!  HEARD's new world jazz is energetic, joyous, fresh and fun!  A melange of influences from West Africa, Brazil and all points in between!  

We were thrilled to have HEARD in our studio recording this Live@EXT session!  Listen as they perform music from their new release, FLYWAY.  

Girl Blue
WEXT

Arielle O'Keefe, aka Girl Blue, is working on a new album. She intends to release another new single soon, and will release half of the album by August. We are super excited for this new record.

Thanks for coming to share the news and a few songs with us, Girl Blue.

Videos will be coming soon.

Join Girl Blue on Patreon at this link.

Dyer Switch Band
WEXT

Dyer Switch Band presents the Grand Ole Opry Tribute, May 6th, 3 pm-5 pm at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls. Special Guests: Al and Kathy Bain, George Schacher, and Michael Craner.

Dyer Switch and Al & Kathy Bain dropped by to sing some old classics and talk about this fun show in Hudson Falls.

TJ Foster
WEXT

TJ Foster is a prolific singer/songwriter, composer and audio engineer from the Capital Region.  A member of the folk-rock quartet, Darling Valley, he's releasing his debut solo record, First Person, Vol. 1 on April 13, in which he performed and recorded every instrument at his own home studio.  

Joel Brown & Dave Maswick
WEXT

Local 518 Joel Brown & Dave Maswick are releasing their new album, "Skyline Drive." They've got a show at Caffe Lena to celebrate, too (March 31, 2018).  This album is full of gems, including songs inspired by grandchildren, Emmylou Harris, and more.

Tulip Fest 2018!

Mar 29, 2018
70th Tulip Festival
Agency

The 2018 Tulip Festival is presented by Citizens Bank. May 12 and 13 in Washington Park!

Sam Reed
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter Sam Reed wants to make a difference. He's writing songs that don't get written as much these days. Sam's writing protest songs.  Check him out.  See the video for his song "Doing Fine" below the audio for the Local 518 Session.

Visit Sam's website to see what he’s up to as well  

Katie Louise at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 Katie Louise, a pop singer-songwriter is looking for like-minded artists as she is open to doing some co-writing.  She's made some great pop melodies on her own, and she'll play those here for you to enjoy.

Lucas Garrett
WEXT

Lucas Garrett stopped by to play a few songs from his upcoming album, due out in April 2018.  While he's still at work on it, he has defined the sound, and created some rockin' riffs. Lucas is joined by long time partner Eric Bremer.

David Tyo "Oh, Life"
Artist

What happens when you challenge yourself to write a song on-demand and immediately record all of the parts, mix it and call it done in as little time possible?  "Oh, Life".  

Local 518 David Tyo explains how his original song "Oh, Life" was conceived, written, recorded, and mixed in three hours and two minutes.  No fancy studio trickery.  No looking back.  Nothing but forward momentum until something was created.  

Local 518 Lucia & Levi

Feb 1, 2018

Lucia and Levi play rock, blues, reggae, jazz - they mix it all together to create a unique and fun sound.  Often they play as a duo, but sometimes they play as a group. The backing members are known as The Little Zippers.

We had a great time when Lucia and Levi stopped by the station.

Carmen Lookshire at WEXT
Kiki Vassilakos

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire dropped by to share her new song and to sing a holiday favorite to get us in the mood for her Merry Little Carmen special performance at Eden Cafe in Loudonville.

Cradle Switch
WEXT

Cradle Switch, a five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY. Their self-titled debut is out featuring originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues. Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin. Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies. David Cuite plays the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, and David Norman plays percussion. 

Hear their Local 518 Session here.

Mike Grutka
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter Mike Grutka has been with us since we began back in 2007. He entertained us with some great stories and songs at our 10th birthday party on the radio, too.  Now, Mike is back with a great new album called "Painting the Silence."

Emily Rose Burnett
WEXT

A new Local 518 Discovery for us is Emily Rose Burnett.  Her voice lit a fire under us to get her in to record a 518 Session. We look forward to hearing more from Emily in the future. She's working on finalizing the songs for her debut, and we cannot wait!

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