518 Sessions

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
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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
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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.

Cradle Switch
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Cradle Switch, a five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY. Their self-titled debut is out featuring originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues. Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin. Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies. David Cuite plays the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, and David Norman plays percussion. 

Hear their Local 518 Session here.

Peter Annello
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Peter Annello is just 16, but he plays guitar like a musician with many years of playing under his belt.  He's been playing out at open mics, and opening sets for other Local 518 musicians in the area.  Enjoy his latest session with a couple new songs.

Mike Grutka
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Local 518 singer-songwriter Mike Grutka has been with us since we began back in 2007. He entertained us with some great stories and songs at our 10th birthday party on the radio, too.  Now, Mike is back with a great new album called "Painting the Silence."

Emily Rose Burnett
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A new Local 518 Discovery for us is Emily Rose Burnett.  Her voice lit a fire under us to get her in to record a 518 Session. We look forward to hearing more from Emily in the future. She's working on finalizing the songs for her debut, and we cannot wait!

Adrenaline Pumpkin
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Every October, four guys come out of the pumpkin patch to play groovy tunes to the folks who come out to Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga.  Johnny Twoseeds, A. Pumpkin, C. Pumpkin and O. Pumpkin are Adrenaline Pumpkin.  See these guys Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4p.

Somehow we convinced them to leave the pumpkin patch and the donuts and apple cider to come play a few tunes for us on the radio.

Jeff Brisbin
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Saratoga Springs musician, Local 518 Jeff Brisbin has released his latest album - a labor of love for sure. It's called "Foreverly." He joined us to talk about the genesis of the album, play a few songs, and share some good times.

10 String Symphony
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Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5-String fiddle players from Nashville have been making waves, both on their own and recently as 10 String Symphony. Christian plays with Jerry Douglas' band, and Rachel Baiman has her solo career, too. She released "Shame" to the world earlier this year. 

Eric Krans of The Parlor
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Eric Krans of The Parlor dropped by to play us a couple love songs, and to talk about what's next with The Parlor, and The Big Veg!  For more information about Capital Roots and The Big Veg, visit their website.

Carmen Lookshire
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire tells us she has an old soul, and she loves the music of the 30s and 40s.  Her sound and style may belie that, but in this session, we'll hear her sing Chris Wienk's favorite song a cappella.  Plus, she sings an old Nat "King" Cole song. In addition, we hear the song she and Kenyan pop reggae singer Mtu Saba worked on together called "Don't Ask Mommy Why."

MaryLeigh Roohan
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Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan is working on a new album headed our way in 2018. She's playing at Caffe Lena on June 25th.  If you can make it to the show, you will get a preview CD with songs that are still in progress on their way to the album.

Make sure you return for some cool videos of the songs she plays in the session.

For more information about the show at Caffe Lena, click here.

Peter Annello
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16 year old guitarist and singer songwriter, Peter Annello dropped by to play some songs and talk about his influences and songwriting.  Watch for Peter at various area open mics. His favorite is at Caffe Lena.  He is expanding the places and types of shows he's playing out at.  Get out and support the Local 518.

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