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.

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.

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  

Rebecca Loebe
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Rebecca Loebe's latest album is "Blink." We have been fascinated by the songs "Cannonball," and "Forever  Young Forever."  She plays both and talk about the songs and the album. Plus, we learn about Nobody's Girl.

Altan at WEXT
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Formed in 1987, the Irish band Altan dropped by ahead of their show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  They discussed traditional Irish music, the new album (The Gap of Dreams), and played a few songs 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.

The Grady Girls
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Based in Ithaca, NY, The Grady Girls dropped by to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some great old Irish tunes.  The Grady Girls are:

Nora (fiddle), Marie (flute), Leah (bodhrán), and Saoirse (fiddle) who are based in Ithaca, NY, their hometown, and Oona (fiddle) and newest band member James (guitar), both reside in Saratoga Springs, where they perform as the duo Drank The Gold.  

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.

The Druids at WEXT
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The Irish quartet known as The Druids were in town to play a show with Kevin McKrell. Kevin and Chris Shaw recommended we get the guys in for a visit, and boy did we learn a lot about Irish history and how it continues to be told by the singers and songwriters of today.

Bette Smith at WEXT
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Born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Bette Smith grew up with the tough times and her parents gospel music.  As her older brother was on his death bed, he convinced her to make a change - to use her voice for what it was meant to be used for - singing blues, soul and R&B.

Her latest album is "Jetlagger," and she dropped by to sing songs from the album and talk about making music.

Birds of Chicago
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The husband and wife duo of Allison Russell and JT Nero dropped by on their way to Caffe Lena.  They brought the band, and played songs as Birds of Chicago.

We talked about the EP, "American Flowers," and the forthcoming album, "Love in Wartime."

The Ballroom Thieves
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Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves were making their way across to Rochester for a show, and on their way, they stopped by to play songs from the new EP, "Paper Crown," and to talk about music.  We learned that the band met while searching on Tinder. OK, that part is not true, but...  You just never know who might be at an open mic.  You'd be well served to stop by one sometime.

  

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.

Darlingside "Extralife"
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On February 23, the guys in Darlingside (Don, Harris, Auyon and Dave) gave us a few words about each of the songs on the new album - "Extralife."  "Extralife" is Darlingside's new album.  It's an imaginative exploration that follows the beautiful and lush "Birds Say" album.  It has been our pleasure to watch and listen as these guys morph from amazing singers and songwriters into an absolute tour de force.  

Chris Wienk with Stephanie Tommasone
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The Montgomery County schools All County Festival is Saturday, March 3rd at 4pm.  Come out to support our local student musicians, and the music program in our schools.

Select students from Montgomery County schools will be performing in one of four ensembles: elementary chorus, a high school chorus, middle school band and high school band. Doors open at 3:15pm. 

Grant-Lee Phillips
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Grant-Lee Phillips has come a long way since his days as the lead member of Grant-Lee Buffalo.  He dropped by with his new album, "Widdershins," to tell us about it, and play some songs. He let it be known that "words just stick" on him.  The word "widdershin" was one of those words.  Listen in...

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

Lera Lynn at WEXT
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Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn came to prominence as the singer in the dive bar on the second series of HBO's True Detective.  She co-wrote the songs she sang with T-Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash.  In her own right, she's released a few albums of music, and is working on her next projects.

Before her show at the Massry Center for the Arts, she stopped by to play a few songs and talk up what she's been doing.

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.

Tinsley Ellis at WEXT
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Blues guitarist extraordinaire, Tinsley Ellis came to town to play a show at The Linda. Before he went there, he stopped by to talk about his latest album, "Winning Hand."  He played us a couple tunes, including a Leo Kottke instrumental.

Lera Lynn
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The young woman who was the performer on the second season of HBO's True Detective, Lera Lynn - singer, songwriter, performer, is coming to The Massry Center on February 2nd. For more information, visit the Massry Center website. To buy tickets, click here.

Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link.

Nora Jane Struthers at WEXT
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NPR and Rolling Stone said Nora Jane Struthers' album, "Champion," was one of the best records of 2017 that you likely didn't hear.  If you listened to WEXT, you did.  And if you're a fan, you're likely looking forward to listening back to the session she did when she and her band stopped at The Linda in Albany this January.

Chris Smither at WEXT
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Chris Smither is a legend. Chris Smither is a singer, a songwriter, an incredible guitar player.  His influence is wide.  And in 2018, he released "Call Me Lucky."  He dropped by the studio to play a few songs, including a tune from his vast catalog.  

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.

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