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.

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

 

 

4/18 - Dyer Switch Band

4/25 - SIRSY

5/2 - Angelina Valente

5/9 - TBD

Lucas Garrett at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Lucas Garrett dropped by to talk about his new album, "Love Is Better."  He said he'd gone through a pretty rough spot in life, and says you've got to keep on going.  Press on!

Lucas' CD release show is at Downtown Social in Glens Falls on Friday, May 10th. The Facebook event page is here.

Dan Berggren at WEXT
WEXT

Dan Berggren comes from generations of Adirondack dwellers. So, when he took to music, it may have seemed natural for him to play Adirondack folk songs.

Greg Haymes and Michael Eck Host Exit Dome broadcast
Bryan Thomas

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have today, this Local 518 Thursday.  Last night, we learned of the passing of a dear friend of WEXT.  So much can be said of Greg Haymes. He was a great guy. He was a journalist, a critic, a musician - and was great at all of that. But he was so much more.  And to us, he was a very special individual.

Angelina Valente at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 Angelina Valente is releasing her new album, "You and Me."  She's written some pretty personal songs.  They ring with a true and honest voice. Wait until you hear the songs she sings for us.  She talks with us about her songwriting, her favorite place to play (especially to get to practice there), and growing up in a small town in upstate New York.

Her CD release is on Wednesday, April 10th at The Cock N Bull Restaurant in Galway, NY.

The Insolent WIllies
WEXT

Johnstown's The Insolent Willies dropped by to play a few songs and talk about music and their upcoming shows.  We learn a bit about Bill Ackerbauer and Frank Dever Pullen as they play as a duo for us in the studio.

See The Insolent Willies at The Low Beat opening for Stevie Tombstone on March 28th. And on the 23rd at Stoney's Irish Grill.

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."

John Brodeur of Bird Streets
WEXT

John Brodeur is a name we've known for many years. He has led bands, hosted open mics, moved away, and returned. His latest project, based in NYC, is called Bird Streets.  Hear him play songs acoustically, and learn more about John and his latest project.

WEXT

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.

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