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.

Chris Smither at WEXT
WEXT

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
WEXT

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.

Mary Scholz at WEXT
WEXT

Mary Scholz has moved a long way from her native Philadelphia - to the warm sun of California. Her new album is "California." Hear songs from that album, and she and Chris Wienk talk about music and the songs.

Carolyn Wonderland
Artist

January 13
Massry Center for the Arts

Critics have compared Carolyn Wonderland’s soulful voice to Janis Joplin and her guitar slinging to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her fans include Bob Dylan and Ray Benson, founder of Asleep at the Wheel. A singer-songwriter and high-energy performer, Wonderland reaches deep into the Texas blues tradition and enlivens her repertoire with dashes of humor.

Eddie Berman
WEXT

Singer-songwriter Eddie Berman stopped by to catch us up on his latest release, "Before the Bridge."  If you get the chance, you should definitely check him out.  Below, we'll post some videos he did with Laura Marling.   Hear the story of the album, who is the Bridge, and learn about his time in London.

See our Facebook video page for a couple of the songs performed live to Facebook.

The Big Takeover at WEXT
WEXT

It was a chilly afternoon in December when the rockin' reggae band from New Paltz called The Big Takeover worked their way up Interstate-87 to our little studios.  They packed all seven members into our studio.

Their latest album marks their ten year anniversary.  "Silly Girl" takes us on a trip to Jamaica for serious ska and reggae influences.  Hear the results of the session we did below.  

Carmen Lookshire at WEXT
Kiki Vassilakos

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
WEXT

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.

All Poets & Heroes at WEXT
WEXT

The Syracuse indie trio brought their acoustic set up to play a few songs from their EP "Where We Lived and What We Lived For." Hear how the band got it's name - All Poets and Heroes, and the inspiration for their music.

Mile Twelve
WEXT

The Boston-based band Mile Twelve pass through the area now and again stopping at our friends The Cock N Bull Restaurant to play their songs. On their way to a show, they stopped to get us hip to them and their latest album, "Onwards."

Peter Annello
WEXT

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.

The Accidentals at WEXT
WEXT

The Michigan trio The Accidentals came by the station on their way to their first show in the area on November 17th. We had so much fun when they were in town. We hope they come back again soon.  They were in town on the last day of their 70-day CD release tour for the new album, "Odyssey."

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
WEXT

Known throughout the music world as the King and Queen of Americana, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have deep roots in the music world.  To celebrate the release of the second album, "Contraband Love," we visited with them at The Egg when they were in town to play with Shawn Colvin.

Shawn Colvin and Chris Wienk at The Egg
WEXT

Shawn Colvin's album, "A Few Small Repairs" celebrated it's 20th anniversary. Shawn made a stop at The Egg on her way around the country.  She talks about the album, plays a Tom Petty cover, and dishes on her "favorite" of her own albums.  Oh, and did you know that "A Few Small Repairs" was not a divorce album?  

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
WEXT

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards jumped into the Live @ EXT studio to record a session before they headed up to Caffe Lena for the CD release show for "California Calling."

Matt Flinner Trio
WEXT

The Matt Flinner Trio has been making stops in the area with our friends at Wolf Hollow Brewing and The Cock N Bull Restaurant.  Their brand of roots music is quite interesting and very exciting to listen to, and to witness in person, it is downright magical.

In celebration of the recent album, "Traveling Roots," we had them play a few songs and we talked about music, and Matt's stint as a bluegrass DJ as a teen with his father in Salt Lake City.

Harris and Don of Darlingside
WEXT

Harris Paseltiner and Don Mitchell of Darlingside dropped by to talk with Chris Wienk about the new album they have coming in 2018.

Also brought up was the topic of Chris joining the band and being chief guitar holder

Mike Grutka
WEXT

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."

Craig Stickland
WEXT

Canadian singer songwriter Craig Stickland dropped by on his way through town. Craig has a voice so big... Just remembering the listening experience raises the hair on the backs of our arms.  Discover a great new talent before he becomes so big.  

Craig has been honing his craft for several years. Most recently, he played guitar for Alessia Cara while she was on tour with Coldplay.  Videos of the songs below.

Emily Rose Burnett
WEXT

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!

Cry Cry Cry
WEXT

On October 27th, 2017, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall came alive with a great trio featuring Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell.  They've not been together as the trio Cry Cry Cry in about 19 years.  Since then, they've had commitments with their careers and families that have kept them from being together.

Twisted Pine at WEXT
WEXT

The band Twisted Pine released their debut album at the Green River Festival in July of this year.  Before they did, they stopped by to play a few songs and chat with us about their rise to festival favorite.  Hear some songs, and watch the video below.

Midnight North
WEXT

Midnight North, led by songwriters Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh, released their third album, "Under The Lights" to great acclaim earlier this year.  When they stopped in town to play a show this past September, we were fortunate enough to get to sit with them and discuss everything from Grateful Dead shows and their own eclectic brand of music to their home base of Terrapin Crossroads.

Rosanne Cash
Artist

November 14th
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Visit the Music Hall website for more details.  

Saratoga Arts
Agency

First Night Saratoga 2018, one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country, would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. This year, nearly 200 volunteers are needed to help at First Night performance venues, ensuring that over 10,000 revelers rIng in the New Year in a fun and safe manner.

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Artist

Rodrigo y Gabriela
10th Anniversary Tour

Sunday, November 12
The Egg

7pm doors/8pm show

Tickets on sale at TicketMaster.com, TheEgg.org, or at the box office, 518.473.1845.

Peter Rowan
Artist

Wednesday, October 25th
The Hangar on the Hudson

For info and tickets, click here.  

Rickie Lee Jones
Artist

Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm

The Cohoes Music Hall

For more info and tickets visit the website.

Cry Cry Cry
Artist

10.27.17 @ 8:00pm

Cry Cry Cry

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell. Three celebrated musicians revive their celebrated folk-pop collaboration for their first performances in nineteen years. And hear them on the radio that afternoon before the show.

Otis Redding / Stax Records
Artist

Our fall fundraiser is a celebration of Stax Records' 60th anniversary. For one week, we've changed our sound to become a Memphis soul station from the 1960's. As part of the celebratory mood, we are asking listeners to support the music and the radio station that plays it. Contribute by calling 1.800.272.6492, or online at the red DONATE button above.

Be listening for the 100 Best Stax Trax of the 1960's countdown on Friday, October 20.

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