Dave Michaels

Monday-Friday 5-10am

Dave Michaels play a special mix of Exit music to help you rise and shine and get ready for the day. Catch Stax at Sunrise (6:30am, weekdays), Breakfast With The Beatles (7:20am, weekdays) and Dawn of The Dead (8:30am, weekdays). Plus, Dave periodically chats with artists and community leaders about music and happenings in the area. 

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Toronzo Cannon
Chris Monaghan/Artist

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon hasn't quit his day job, depite a highly successful nightime gig.  Cannon tours the world playing his brand of Chicago blues while continuing to drive a bus for the Chicago Transit Authority!  Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, he arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible.  

Alice Howe and Freebo
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We were delighted when soulful Boston-area folk singer-songwriter Alice Howe and legendary bass player Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, and many others) dropped by WEXT to play some songs and chat with Dave Michaels.  

Amanda Shires
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"Mama wants to change that Nashville sound" perfectly sums up Amanda Shires' bold new album, To The Sunset (August 3rd).  The acclaimed singer, songwriter & violinist blows up Americana cliches on her fifth album produced by Dave Cobb.

Rich Robinson
Alysse Gafkjen

Dave Michaels chatted with singer, songwriter and former Black Crowes' guitarist Rich Robinson about the past, present and future.  They talk about the trail Robinson blazed with The Black Crowes, his new band, The Magpie Salute, and current relationship with brot

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"Frequently Funky and always soulful!"  Albany's Hartley's Encore stopped by WEXT to play a couple songs from their new self-titled EP and talk to Dave Michaels.  

John Simon
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If you own copies of "Music from Big Pink" by The Band, "Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother & The Holding Company, "The Songs Of Leonard Cohen" by Leonard Cohen or have seen "The Last Waltz", you already know the work of John Simon.  

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The Kansas City Latin Alternative rockers Making Movies stopped by WEXT to perform and talk to Dave Michaels.   

Dana Fuchs
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Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll. This life and times doesn’t always make for easy reading. The triumphs are laced by tragedy, ugliness, injustice.

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Artist/Mark Seliger

The Wheels Of Soul Tour rides again this Summer with another all-star triple-bill featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band! The unique musical experience that is the Wheels of Soul Tour is set to reach new heights with this incredible lineup of artists, all with deep southern roots, and all with influences that reach around the globe.

HEARD
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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.  

Stephen Clair
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Meet Stephen Clair.  He's got a Ray Davies-like vocal delivery and mountains of songwriting credits.  A one-time Albany resident, Clair now based in Beacon, is the guiding force behind the Beacon Music Factory, which teaches music to kids and adults.

"My Crime"

Albert Cummings
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B.B. King dubbed  Albert Cummings "a great guitarist."  Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else.  He's played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  

TJ Foster
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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.  

Battenkill Runs Through It River Festival
Battenkill Conservancy

Leap into summer Saturday, May 26th at the Battenkill Conservancy's 8th Annual Battenkill Runs Through It River Festival!

518 SONGFEST
CAT

On the day many in the Capital Region will celebrate the arts on social media with the #518Day tag, The Egg presents an event featuring the art of songwriting. The annual local music showcase 518 SONGFEST returns on 518 Day to the Swyer Theater at The Egg, May 18 at 7:00pm.

5 Days of Bell
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Dave Michaels chats with one of the Stax Records originators; the legendary Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter William Bell!  

The Wood Brothers
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... sell out The Egg that is!  "Job security!" says Oliver Wood; one-third of the dynamic Americana trio The Wood Brothers.  

Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix dropped by WEXT on the heels of the release of their sixth album, One Drop of Truth.  Hear them tell Dave Michaels the inspiration behind the album and listen as they perform in our studio.  

David Tyo "Oh, Life"
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What happens when you challenge yourself to write a song on-demand and immediately record all of the parts, mix it and call it done in as little time possible?  "Oh, Life".  

Local 518 David Tyo explains how his original song "Oh, Life" was conceived, written, recorded, and mixed in three hours and two minutes.  No fancy studio trickery.  No looking back.  Nothing but forward momentum until something was created.  

James Maddock at WEXT 1/29/18
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The best singer-songwriters serve the song. The songwriter’s songwriter, James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. For his latest album Insanity vs. Humanity, returns Maddock to his politically-charged roots, bringing him full circle after a three-decade career.  

Saturday Night Liv
Columbia Arts Team

The multitalented Liv Cummins hosts “Saturday Night LIV” -- a mix of sketch comedy, music, and novelty acts reminiscent of classic TV variety shows hosted by Ed Sullivan and Carol Burnett.

Liv dropped by to talk with Dave Michaels and brought Sandy McKnight, one of the evenings musical performers.  Our conversation begins with an inpromptu sketch followed by an acoustic performance by Sandy.  

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:

WEXT DJs' Best Music of 2017

Dec 23, 2017
Best of 2017
Agency

Here are the WEXT DJs' lists of best albums, songs, Local 518 of 2017. Let us know your thoughts by sending an email with this link

Dave Michaels

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Saratoga Arts

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching and there's no better way to ring in the new year than with a 5k, live entertainment, hot cocoa and fireworks!  

Who? What? When? Where?  ... Why?  Why not!  Dave Michaels talks with First Night Director Alix Jones from Saratoga Arts about all there is to see and do in downtown Saratoga Springs on New Year's Eve!  

JD McPherson
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Our good friend, JD McPherson and his incredibly hot band dropped by today and ripped through three songs from the new album, "Undivided Heart & Soul". 

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In this Live@EXT session, hear Jackie Greene, the one-time member of Black Crowes and Trigger Hippy talk about the impetus for creating two EP's, recording solo in a noisy Brooklyn basement and  growing up; "It sounds like a country song, but it's true," Jackie says.  "My dad and mom split up when I was a kid and he left behind his acoustic guitar.  I don't know, maybe I was about 10.  I took piano lessons for a little while.  Took guitar lessons for about 2 mo

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Americana treasure and New York punk troubadour Jesse Malin stopped by and talked to Dave Michaels about his early hardcore days before turning down the volume of his music.  "What I felt was we were playing out in these big venues, opening for these really big bands and everybody at that time wanted to mosh, the mosh pit, ya know", Jesse explains.  "I went back down to acoustic guitar.  I think there's a real connection between folk and punk be

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His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack.

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New York-based singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari paints a lush folk music landscape with compelling lyrics and a rough, worn voice that draws you in.  His independently released sophomore album, Through These Waves is out now.  Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape.  

The Deli Magazine

Son Little is a nu-soul innovator from Philadelphia who “doesn’t strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.” (NPR) He first gained notice through collaborations with The Roots and electronic producer RJD2, and has gone on to release a debut on roots-rock heavyweight ANTI- Records. Classic soul-inspired riffs are enhanced by a kaleidoscope of electronics, and anchored by Little’s mellifluous (often echo-soaked) voice. Perfect for sipping on an afternoon IPA.

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Dave Michaels recently caught up with legendary blues rock icon Kim Simmonds!  Hear what they had to talk about below.  And don't miss Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown in a FREE show August 22 at Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie! 

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