518 Sessions

Dan Berggren
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Dan Berggren and I talk about his career making music, the first open mic at Caffe Lena, his first song, and the view his mother and grandfather saw of the Sleeping Giant in the Adirondacks.

Plus, Dan plays a few delightful songs, including one that was in his short set that first open mic at Caffe Lena.

Dan plays two shows at Caffe Lena on March 2nd to celebrate his 70th birthday. The later show is sold out  contact Caffe Lena to see if tickets are still available for the matinee.

Bob Bates & JoAnn Sifo
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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!

Listen: Local 518 Nicole Maher

Jan 22, 2019
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Local 518 musician Nicole Maher silently released an album in 2018 that caught our ear. "I Am With You, Always. Until The End of The World."  The song Lonely Heart from that album made it into our top 60 Local songs of 2018. She sits down with Eva and speaks about new albums she has in mind and plays us new songs that haven't been released yet! 

Michael Jerling at WEXT
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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. 

Josh Clevenstine
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We found out about Josh purely by accident. Carrying on the tradition of the Adirondack folk singers, like Christopher Shaw, Dan Berggren and others. We met Josh through a Facebook post by Chris Shaw. So, we had to ask about the connection. Turns out, it's been a life-long connection that started when Josh was very young hearing one of Chris' recordings in his car seat.

Find Josh at the Across the Street Pub in Albany monthly.

The Gigglers from the Diver Library
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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.

Playin' With Fire Band
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We had a visit with the Playin' With Fire Band.  During the visit, Kim told us the story behind her song (and album title track), "Closer Than We Know." She wrote it for her best friend, whom she lost when Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Scotland in 1988.  We hear that story, and a few songs performed live at WEXT in this special 518 Session.

Bob Warren & Matt  Donnelly
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Bob Warren stopped by to bring us up to date with some new music, and his new album, "My Town." The album is filled with songs about his town of Greenwich, and Saratoga Springs.

Bob was joined in the studio by Matt Donnelly on keyboard, and Tony Markellis on bass.

Bob has two shows as a release party for the CD at Caffe Lena on November 2 and 3. Both are sold out  you can watch on Concert Window. Details at Caffe Lena's website.

Honey Slider
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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.

Julia Alsarraf
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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
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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
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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.

Mike O'Donnell of MOTORBIKE
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Mike O'Donnell, of the Rodeo Barons, has a new project. It's called MOTORBIKE. While the Rodeo Barons are on a bit of a break (do hurry back, guys!), Mike has continued writing. Very much influenced by Lou Barlow and a chance opening gig where he got to act all fan boy (despite trying hard not to do so), Mike has created this new sound. 

Zan & the Winter Folk
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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.

Listen: Local 518 Taylor Wing

Jul 19, 2018
Taylor Wing
WEXT

Local singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Wing stopped by the studio to share new music with Eva. She talks to us about working through stage fright, her writing process and a new record to hopefully be coming out next year.

She will also be performing in our Exit Dome 11 on September 7th!

The McWatters Brothers
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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.

The Sea The Sea
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It's been a long wait for album number two from the Local 518 duo known as The Sea The Sea.  This time out, Chuck and Mira have joined forces with Cara and Stephen to form a quartet The Sea The Sea.  They've been playing in this configuration for some time.  And as you'll hear in the interview, the new quartet worked quite collaboratively on the new album, "From The Light."

Girl Blue
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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
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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.

Blind Crow
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An acoustic string band from upstate New York, Blind Crow plays bluegrass, folk, 'dawg' music, and interesting rarities. Ryan, Eric, Tim and Jeff dropped by to play a few songs and promote their album, "Forgo the Balance."

We look forward to being with them at Tulip Fest in May.

Joel Brown & Dave Maswick
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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.

Sam Reed
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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
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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
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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.

Sawyer Fredericks Live @ EXT
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Sawyer Fredericks began playing around the area, busking on Saratoga streets, playing the Caffe Lena Open Mic. Then he rocketed to fame with a win on the reality show The Voice.  At just 17 years old, you might be quick to dismiss his rapid rise, but if you did, you would certainly miss out.

Ampevene
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Gabe Stallman, the driving force behind the progressive rock band Ampevene dropped by to talk with Chris Wienk about the new single, "Valencia," and the forthcoming live studio album.

Ampevene play a special CD release show this Friday, February 9th at The Hollow. For more information about Ampevene, and the event, follow these links.

Ampevene website
Facebook event for CD release show

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.

Danl
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Danl, a four-piece Americana roots-rock band from Albany, dropped by to share some new songs from their sophomore album, "Myth of Me".  Comprised of 518 stalwarts Jeff Sohn on bass, Chris Carey on drums, Danl on keys and lead vocals and Adam Clairmont on guitar, the guys talk about how the band came about and recorded this new album at Overit Studios.  

Hear their Local 518 Session here:

Hop City Hellcats
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A cool blend of alt-country, old time string band, honky-tonk - we just call it great music.  Hear this special session celebrating the release of the new album called "Relics" from a band with two band members Local 518 and two from the 315 - Hop City Hellcats.

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.

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