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Catch new on demand listening opportunities all gathered here.  Live at EXT sessions, 518 Sessions and various interviews will all land here as well as on their associated program pages.

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Amy McCarley at WEXT
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.

Sten & Maria Z. at WEXT
WEXT

They've known each other since 1994. They've been playing in different configurations and different "bands" ever since. The latest incarnation is Sten & Maria Z, two of the area's best guitar players in one duo.

They dropped by to play a few songs, talk about improvisation, and "trust" on stage.  We learn that they are working on a recording as the duo.  

And this Friday night, they'are playing at The Linda.

Keanen Stark & Orion Kribs
WEXT

We've been big fans of Orion Kribs since we first learned about his amazing mandolin skills. Plus, he's a funny guy.  When we found out that he was in yet another project with another musician, we thought we should have him by to see what this one was all about.  Enter Keanen Stark.

This was something else!  Check out these very young guys singing some very old songs, and the ones they played for us this time aren't even the oldest they play.  Rock on!

Find more about these guys at their Facebook page.

Drank the Gold
WEXT

Oona Grady and James Gascoyne are Drank the Gold Playing a special brand of roots music that mixes with traditional Irish music, Drank the Gold have been making a name for themselves. They've been playing regularly throughout the area.

They've just finished their debut album, "Sipped the Silver." We find out how they got their name, and the name of the new album.

Conor Walsh
Artist

Local 518 singer-songwriter Conor Walsh is a Music Industry senior at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. When he was younger, he immersed himself in a variety of sports and became involved in school theater.  It wasn't long before he found his way to playing guitar... and dicovering his voice and true passion.  

The Sea The Sea
WEXT

The Sea The Sea is Chuck and Mira Costa. We've been lovin' them since we first met them as they moved to the area. They were quickly embraced by the Local 518 community.  I mean, how could they not be! They are the loveliest people, and their harmonies are so sweet and pure. I know I'm addicted.

Kevin Daniel
Artist

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.  

Girl Blue & Dark Honey
WEXT

Synergia Dance Project has pulled together songs from Girl Blue, Dark Honey & The Sea The Sea The songs tell a story of the end of a relationship.  Along with the music, Nadine Medina has created a cinematic ballet experience to tell the story.

Little Feat
Artist

This year marks Little Feat’s Fiftieth (Golden) Anniversary and yes, they remain a golden and possibly the last example of what used to be the norm in American music: a fusion of a broad span of styles and genres into something utterly distinctive.  Feat took California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie and more, stirred it into a rich gumbo, and has been leading people in joyful dance ever since.

Alyssa Rose
WEXT

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. 

Listen: Local 518 Jay Maloney

Sep 25, 2019
WEXT

The move from IT tech to audio engineer was a natural transition for long time musician Jay Maloney. However the transition from musician to songwriter posed to be a bit more difficult, when he found his biggest critic was himself. Jay sat down with Eva and discussed the changes from his debut album 'Signals & Strengths' to now his brand new release 'Humans & Mountains' and the mountains he moved to create it. He also gives great advice to those looking to follow their passion later in life! 

Julia Alsarraf
WEXT

Local 518 singer, Julia Alsarraf dropped by to record a few new songs. Her songs are personal  sometimes they’re about her life. Sometimes they’re about people she knows. Julia admits she loves to engage her fans at shows. She loves to perform. And she looks forward to connecting with audience members who identify with her personal songs.

Julia will be with us for the final FALLbany show on September 26 from 1130am until 2pm. 

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

After decades of trials, tribulations, evictions, losses, and near bankruptcy, Lena Spencer saw her inspired vision of a creative gathering place for her community become a reality with Caffe Lena. Her boundless passion and perseverance served as the driving force behind her renowned establishment now known as the longest-running coffeehouse in the country, recognized as an American Treasure by the Library of Congress, and a place where folk music continues to thrive after six decades.

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

After decades of trials, tribulations, evictions, losses, and near bankruptcy, Lena Spencer saw her inspired vision of a creative gathering place for her community become a reality with Caffe Lena. Her boundless passion and perseverance served as the driving force behind her renowned establishment now known as the longest-running coffeehouse in the country, recognized as an American Treasure by the Library of Congress, and a place where folk music continues to thrive after six decades.

Masters Of The Telecaster
Artist

With three of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world: GE Smith (Hall & Oats /Bob Dylan & SNL band), Jim Weider (The Band & Levon Helm Band), and Duke Levine (Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash), this is sure to be a historic night of Blues & Roots Rock & Roll.

Listen: Local 518 Vince Palmeri

Sep 17, 2019
WEXT

At just 14 years old Vince Palmeri was hitting the bars... with his dad and his rock band of course! Guest appearing from time to time with his father's cover band, Vince was no stranger to the stage. Although, even with his history of performing, singing, classical training, and learning guitar in just one summer Vince took a scientific route when it came to college.

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

After decades of trials, tribulations, evictions, losses, and near bankruptcy, Lena Spencer saw her inspired vision of a creative gathering place for her community become a reality with Caffe Lena. Her boundless passion and perseverance served as the driving force behind her renowned establishment now known as the longest-running coffeehouse in the country, recognized as an American Treasure by the Library of Congress, and a place where folk music continues to thrive after six decades.

It Chapter Two
Warner Bros. Pictures

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

After decades of trials, tribulations, evictions, losses, and near bankruptcy, Lena Spencer saw her inspired vision of a creative gathering place for her community become a reality with Caffe Lena. Her boundless passion and perseverance served as the driving force behind her renowned establishment now known as the longest-running coffeehouse in the country, recognized as an American Treasure by the Library of Congress, and a place where folk music continues to thrive after six decades.

Listen: Local 518 Corry Loveday

Sep 13, 2019
Katie Dobies Photography

Music has always been a part of local musician Corry Loveday's life, but there was a breakup. Learn about how he found music again, how traveling changed him, and when his debut solo album is coming out! He sits down with Eva and performs a few songs off the forthcoming album 'Wandering Man'. 

The Gibson Brothers at WEXT
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.

Graham Nash
Amy Grantham

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Ken Burns' Country Music: The Podcast Companion
Agency

Hear all about the 8-part documentary series Country Music by Ken Burns in this behind the scenes podcast.  Even if you think you're not a Country Music fan, this documentary will be of interest.  As Ken Burns says, it's not about just the music. It's the story of America.

There's so much history. You cannot put the whole story of Country Music into any series, or documentary. So, they decided to tell stories.  Hear more about the coming documentary in this episode of the Country Music companion podcast.

Emily Wolfe
WEXT

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).

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

Caffè Lena, the folk music venue the Library of Congress named ‘An American Treasure,’ has hosted its share of legendary performers over the years including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, Sawyer Fredericks, Don McLean and countl

Galen Passen
WEXT

Wonder what happens when you mix classical Indian music with traditional Irish music? We sat down with sitarist Galen Passen from Saratoga Springs to find out. Galen talked about his new project called Folk Song, demonstrated how a sitar is played and more in this special session. 

Folk Song is set to play their first gig at Caffe Lena on September 11. Connect with Galen and Folk Song on Facebook

Plan-T Music playing at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 folk rocker Wyatt Stockwell and his bandmate from Plan-T Music, Larry, dropped by to play a few songs and talk up a special benefit for homeless veterans.

The benefit takes place Sunday, September 8th at VFW Post 420 in Saratoga Springs. For more information visit their Facebook event page.

Mary Scholz at WEXT
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.

Mike Grutka at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 singer songwriter, Mike Grutka dropped by to play us his new songs, and to cover a treasured gem.  Mike has been with us since pretty near Day One.  His development as a songwriter, and as a producer, has been fun to witness. Plus, it is always a fun time to sit and talk with Mike. We always end up with at least one sillly photo.

Molly Durnin
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Molly Durnin now lives in Davenport, IA, but luckily for us, she swings back home for some vacation time at her camp in the Adirondacks. While here, she stopped by to play some new songs for us.

Molly has a couple local shows this week and next week, too. Tomorrow (August 16), she's at Molly O'Brien's in Albany, and on the 24th, she's at Brunswick BBQ.

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