Chris Wienk

Afternoon DJ/Program Director

Chris Wienk
Mon-Fri 3-9pm

Chris grew up listening to his dad play the pipe organ. Chris always got into the deep bass notes. As a little boy, Chris could be found dancing in front of tiny, little stereo speakers that were playing old Simon & Garfunkel. To this day, Chris LOVES “The Boxer,” and can often be heard saying “groovy” (as in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”).

Chris’ epiphany moment came in the summer of 1975 when he first heard Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug.” That was the beginning of his quest for music that had such power and emotion.

Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

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.

Jules Shear
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Singer-songwriter Jules Shear has been a favorite of mine since before I learned he wrote "All Through the Night" and "If She Knew What She Wants."  Jules and the Polar Bears was one of my favorite bands in the 70's.

Jules lives in Woodstock these days. His recent release, "One More Crooked Dance," has a sparse sound, and he talks about that sound in the interview with a few songs - one old, one from the new album, and one of those big hits he wrote, too.

The National Reserve
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Sean Walsh began forming what would become The National Reserve not long after moving to NYC about 14 years ago. With the release of the new album, "Motel La Grange," we find ourselve captivated by their rootsy brand of rock and roll. Songs like "New Love" sparkle and shine.

Hear their backstory. Hear a few songs. Listen to the session below.

Go see them on Saturday, August 18th at The Hangar on the Hudson!

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.

Two-thirds of Donnybrook Fair
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Kevin, Jeff and Davy. They were known as Donnybrook Fair, and from 1975 until around 1984, these three toured the world with their raucous - even somewhat aggressive - brand of Irish folk rock.

And now, they're back! They're playing a show up at the track (8/22), and they've got a big show at The Egg on Friday, August 24th.

Hear the stories and the fun that was Donnybrook Fair with Kevin McKrell and Jeff Strange.

Livingston Taylor
Artist

The other day, Livingston Taylor was out on Martha's Vineyard enjoying the beautiful summer weather. I had the chance to catch up with him. We talked all about his life in music - teaching, performing, surrounding himself with amazing young talent, and about how he and his siblings (James, Kate and little brother Hugh) have great admiration for each other, while still being a bit competitive.  There's obviously a lot of love in that Taylor family.

Miché Fambro
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Miché Fambro was born and raised in Philadelphia. Then he struck out on his own as a touring musician.  He made his way to Rochester, and while there spent 9 years as the leader of Miché & The Anglos. They were one of the area's most popular local bands.  

Miché has been working as a musician pretty much all these years, including a stop in Ithaca, and even Schenectady.

Rebecca Haviland
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Rebecca Haviland is a Grammy Award winning vocalist, and she's written some poignant songs that she sings in a way that draws you in for a closer inspection.  We talk about her music, and a whole lot more. Plus, she plays us a few songs from the EP, "Bright City Lights."

See some videos below.

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. 

The Bacon Brothers
Artist

Had the chance to talk with Michael & Kevin Bacon about their new album, the song "Tom Petty T-Shirt," and more.  We are super excited that they'll be at The Egg on Sunday, July 29th.

Hear that conversation here.

Saratoga County Fair
Agency

We've all seen Dave Michaels on his quest for funnel cake. See the video below.  It looked so good!  Lots of great things happening at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this week. The Fair runs through Sunday. Do come on out!

Chris Wienk talked with Saratoga County Fair Director, Tammy Ballestero.  Find out some of the cool agricultural offerings at this year's Fair.

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.

Mark Lavengood
Sarah Herzog Photography

Mark Lavengood spent time honing his touring skills working and playing tunes with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.  Now, he's back out on his own making tunes.  And this week, he was driving from Michigan accross to New York to pick up his band en route to Grey Fox Bluegrass.  Hope you get the chance to see him soon.

Thanks for the talk, Mark.

Grey Fox Bluegrass 2018
Agency

My friend, Mary Burdette and I talk about the new idea at Grey Fox Bluegrass - an artist in residence (aka Billy Strings for 2018), fun things happening at the Festival, and the one thing she hopes she won't miss when working/attending this year's Festival.

John Butler
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John Butler and I sat and chatted before he headed out to the show he would have at The Egg on July 12th.  We discussed things like 20 years of John Butler Trio, the whole idea of this "plus" tour, his new album that is coming, and of course the song "Ocean."

Thanks for stopping by, John!

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 Big Takeover at WEXT
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We are so excited that Amsterdam's Riverlink Concerts is bringing the New Paltz reggae band to town this summer. The Big Takeover will be under the tent along the river on July 28th (rain or shine...a great location for a show!).

Bring your dancin' shoes, or your rainboots!  Chris Wienk talks with Nee Nee about their summer tour, and the new single.

Goodnight Moonshine
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Eben Pariser and Molly Venter, of Roosevelt Dime and Red Molly respectively, met kinda by accident - a literal collision of heads.  Together, they make beautiful music as Goodnight Moonshine.  Hear the ancient philophy behind the band's genesis. Hear how they planned their lives out together ten years down the road - on their first date.  

Hear them play some songs from the new album, "I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad."

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
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Professor Louie stopped by with a version of The Crowmatix to talk about his band, The Band, the music and magic, and more.

Catch Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at our 11th birthday party at The Egg on July 6th. Record producer John Simon (producer of Music From Big Pink, and other iconic albums) will be on hand as well.

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."

Bob Dylan Tribute at The Low Beat
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Find out all about the Bob Dylan Tribute happening at The Beat, May 24 at 7:30pm. Hear from organizer, Dale Metzger and Greg Sheldon about the event and the beneficiary of the proceeds - The Albany Victory Gardens. Plus, Caroline Mother Judge and Sten Isachsen play a couple of sweet Bob Dylan covers.

A benefit concert for the Eden Rose Foundation and Albany Victory Gardens

Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit
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Last fall, we were fortunate enough to be visited by none other than Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit They are one of our favorite Scottish rock bands ever.  Scott dropped by as the band was on tour in the northeast. He rolled out of the bus way too early on a beautiful sunny fall morning.  He was generous, gracious, and light-hearted about the early hour.  And he played us some beautiful songs.

Mary Gauthier
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Mary Gauthier has released "Rifles and Rosary Beads." It's an album full of songs she's written with soldiers as part of the Songwriting With: Soldiers project.  Mary Gauthier is one of the key songwriters for Songwriting With.  She brought along Mary Judd, one of the co-founders.

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.

Kim Richey
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Kim Richey loves to write songs. She does it all the time. She also loves to work with other songwriters. She did a lot of that on her latest album, "Edgeland." In fact, eleven of the twelve songs were cowritten with some of her friends.  Many of those friends also play on her latest album.

Kim plays songs from "Edgeland" and talks about the collaborative process - Live @ EXT.

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.

Jackie Bristow
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New Zealand native, Jackie Bristow began her professional singing career with her sister. The Bristow Sisters spent a decade traveling and singing together.  While her sister went off to a day job, Jackie struck out for Australia and then the United States.

Hear her sing songs from "Shot of Gold" and the great song "Freedom" in her Live @ EXT session.

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.

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