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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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Briston Maroney
WEXT

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
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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”).

Dan Berggren at WEXT
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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.

Michael Jerling & Bob Warren
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Michael Jerling and Bob Warren have known each other, and supported each other's music in various ways since Michael first headed this way from Chicago.  But on May 4th, this will be the first time the two have performed on stage together with each other's songs.  Sort of... As you listen to the session, you will hear how they've played together over the years.  

Annie Dressner at WEXT
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Annie Dressner appeared on oour radar some years ago. She's originally from Averill Park. She lives with her family in England these days.  Just this past year, after running into an issue with a house they had just bought, songs for "Broken Into Pieces" began to shape and form.

On her most recent visit to home, she dropped by to play a few songs and talk about the album.  She's playing at Superior Merchandise on Tuesday, April 23 with Girl Blue and Candy Ambulance.

Dyer Switch Band
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Hold on to your seat!  Local 518 bluegrass stalwarts Dyer Switch Band (JoAnn Sifo, Bob Bates, Chris Schultz and Bruce Barker) just dropped by our studio to play some high-octane songs and talk about a forthcoming album, "Original"; the follow-up to 2015's In The Spotlight of The Moon.

decker.
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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
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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
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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.

Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique
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Sandy McKnight is a singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, author and phlebotomist. Well maybe not the latter, but his songs get under our skin.  His new band, Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique, played our studio and talked up a new release called, "Hit List".  

Listen: Local 518 Saffi

Mar 18, 2019
Saffi at WEXT
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Saffi is the primary songwriter for and lead singer for the western New York based band, Leyda.  Saffi went to school right here in Voorheesville. She was back for a holiday visit home with the family and took some time to drop by to play songs and talk about her music and her band.

The Insolent WIllies
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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
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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.

Mold. Broken. MotherJudge

Mar 12, 2019
Mother Judge at Exit Dome 5, Jan 2012
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Exit Dome 5—Jan. 28, 2012. Caroline MotherJudge was at the peak of her considerable powers. While she is rightfully praised in her passing as a giving soul, community organizer and relentless promoter of others, let’s not forget her own inspiring, righteous skills as a singer, songwriter and musician. Husband Sten Isachsen and longtime cohort Bob Buckley might be the ringers for the night, but she is leading the band, just as anyone who ever worked alongside her will tell you. This is the stuff!

Katie Louise
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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
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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.

Meadow Mountain
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High in the mountains near Denver Colorado is a mountain called Meadow Mountain. Near the base of that mountain is where the members of the band Meadow Mountain gathered to form the band they are today. And they are a band in the truest sense of the word.

From the first few notes of "Radio Waves," it became apparent to us that we needed to help spread their word and their music.

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

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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. 

Dan Berggren
WEXT

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.

Natalie Prass at WEXT
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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.

Tumo-Kohrs
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Tumo-Kohrs is the creative partnership between Mark "Tumo" Tuomenoksa and Sarah Kohrs. 

He was schooled at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and became a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist.  She received a scholarship and attended Eastman School of Music.  Then earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and became a practicing attorney. 

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!

Lost Leaders
WEXT

Lost Leaders, guitarist/vocalist Peter Cole and bassist/vocalist Byron Isaacs have just put the finishing touches on their third LP, Promises, Promises (March 1). 

Mike + Ruthy
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THE MAMMALS SHARE FIVE NEW SINGLES GIVING PROCEEDS TO “SUNSHINERS”

Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda of The Mammals make their home in West Hurley, NY (nearWoodstock) and while they’ve supported their family thus far thru their music career, this recentturn has been a head scratcher. Live shows are still a source of income, but the actual sale ofphysical or digital recordings has become a novelty rather than a mainstay. Rather than stopcreating new work, though, they keep doing it. Why?

John Gorka
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John Gorka dropped by around the release of his latest record, "True in Time." We learn the story of how that song came to be, and all about the guy who is "from New Jersey."

For more information about John, visit his website.

Dar Williams Comes to Cohoes

Jan 24, 2019
Dar Williams
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January 24 | The Cohoes Music Hall

Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

The Vindys
WEXT

The Vindys hail from Youngstown, OH. They brought their unique, high-energy performance to the studio - in an acoustic fashion. Their songs are a mix of old-world pop/jazz standards and soul infused rock.

Part of that massive ball of energy is vocalist, and songwriter, Jackie Popovec.  Hear the story of The Vindys, and a few of their amazing songs in this session.

Brandi Carlile & Chris Wienk
WEXT

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!

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