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.

The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunnally Band
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Hillary Perkins, a.k.a. Nell Robinson met Jim Nunally at a jam. Pretty quickly, they realized they share musical thoughts. The two embarked on their next journey, which has resulted in a couple albums, a cool concept show, and the latest recording, "Baby, Let's Take The Long Way Home."

Nell and Jim have teamed up with Jon Arkin (percussion) and Jim Kerwin (bass) to form the band that stopped by our studios on Friday (9/15/17). 

Chris Wienk with Wanda Fischer of WAMC
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One of my favorite DJ's is Wanda Fischer. She has this way on the radio that makes you feel like you've been friends forever. She is a true treasure. So, when I heard that Wanda was about to celebrate her 35th year as our Saturday night companion on WAMC's Hudson River Sampler, I thought I had to get her over to talk about some of those memories and have her play some of her favorite songs.

Happy 35th anniversary, Wanda!

The Del McCoury Band
Artist

Chris Wienk caught up with the ever moving Del McCoury ahead of their appearance at the 2017 Freshgrass Festival (9/15-17/2017).

Del talks all about his life in music, playing with his sons in the band, David Grisman, and Bill Monroe.

See The Del McCoury Band and Del & Dawg at Freshgrass (9/15-17). For more information, visit the Mass MoCA website.

Bobby Long
Artist

A few years ago, we were introduced to Bobby Long. His bedroom recorded "Dirty Pond Songs" remains one of our favorite recordings. The raw, emotional set foretold the greatness that has followed. 

As we get ready for new music from Bobby, we are excited for his Caffe Lena debut. 

Saturday, September 30

wsg Brian Dunne

For more information and tickets, visit the Caffe Lena website

Rodriguez
Artist

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Presents

Rodriguez

Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30 PM

Josh Ritter
Artist

Since our beginning, Josh Ritter has been one of our favorite artists. We have loved watching and listening to him grow as a person and as an artist.  With each new album, we continue to become more and more fond of the young man from Moscow, Idaho.

On September 22nd, Josh releases his latest called "Gathering."  All day long, we'll be featuring tracks from the record, and then at 8pm, hear the entire album from start to finish.

Edison
WEXT

The Colorado trio known as Edison dropped by to talk about and play songs from their new album, "Familiar Spirit."  

Here the full audio of the session and below find the videos made at the session.

Richard Barone at Caffe Lena
Carolyn/Caffe Lena

The day of the total eclipse, a sunny day in Saratoga Springs - at Caffe Lena, Richard Barone and Chris Wienk sat down to record an interview and performance centered around Richard's latest album, "Sorrows & Promises."  Richard shines a light on the great folk scene of Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

Here's a way you can help out our friends down in Texas. Thanks for doing what you can. Thanks to all our music lovin' friends who care about our community, and our world.

Roomful of Teeth
Artist

August 26, 8pm
Mass MoCA

Art In the Park 2017
Agency

Art in the Park is a day of fine art in Saratoga Springs' historic downtown Congress Park, curated and presented by Saratoga Arts. The xhibition features artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions, displaying and selling their original two- and three-dimensional creations and personally-designed and crafted functional art in a beautiful park setting.

Join us Saturday, September 16th in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. 

Randy Newman
Artist

The weekend is here!  It's time to celebrate Randy Newman!  Randy will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on September 16th. This weekend, register to win tickets and CDs, including Randy's latest, "Dark Matter."

One winner will also win the entire three volume Songbook collection, too!

Lonely Heartstring Band
Agency

It's been a year since the release of the Lonely Heartstring Band's debut album, "Deep Waters." The guys have been busy playing festivals and touring. They've played Greyfox Bluegrass and call The Cock N Bull "home away from home." They stopped by to record a session before their most recent visit to The Bull. 

My Morning Jacket
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August 12 | 730pm

Mass MoCA

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Artist

Thursday, August 10

The Egg

Celebrate Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album, "Lay It On Down." For more details, visit The Egg's  website. Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link

Ray LaMontagne
Artist

Higher Ground Presents:
 Ray LaMontagne
 October 15th - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Leslie Mendelson
WEXT

Leslie Mendelson dropped by to talk with us and play a few songs from her new album "Love and Murder." Find out how she got hooked up with Bob Weir and Grateful Dead, and more.

Newport Folk Festival
Adam Kissick

Can't make it to Newport, RI this year? We understand. That's why we are thrilled be able to bring you the Newport Folk Festival from NPR and TuneIn right on our website.

TuneIn and NPR Music are on the ground at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, streaming live sets from across its three stages. TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio channel will bring you live music from Newport, Rhode Island, from 11am-7pm ET each day of the festival. Artists confirmed for the live webcast include Big Thief, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, The Wild Reeds, and Pinegrove, but expect to hear from many more.

Find the special TuneIn player at the top of our homepage. Click here. See the schedule below. 

Chicano Batman
Artist

July 31

Chicano Batman plays The Hollow in Albany

For more information, visit The Hollow website

See how cool these guys are!

Eric Krans of The Parlor
WEXT

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.

Tree Fox
Artist

MAD Collar Party
Agency

MAD Collar PartySaturday, August 5that Collar Works + The Hangar on the Hudson - Troy, NY Join Collar Works for the inaugural MAD Collar Party! They’re bringing the outdoors indoors for this mid-summer party with great music, tailgating flair and time-honored backyard happenings! Tasty food, great people, and creative energy all come together to help raise some mad cash for a stellar cause! Start the evening at Collar Works and then head to the Hangar on the Hudson, a short walk up the street, for our After Party benefit concert!

David Sedaris
Artist

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Lenox, MA – Tanglewood – Performance Center Koussevitzky Music Shed

8PM – Evening reading and book signing.

The Infamous Stringdusters
WEXT

Tabitha from Bluegrass Around the Bend is out at Grey Fox Bluegrass this weekend, and everyone had a great time last night with Del McCoury, The Infamous Stringdusters, and so much more.  The festival continues through Sunday down in Oak Hill.  Tabitha sent back a report from the campground at Grey Fox to let us know about tonight and tomorrow.

The Big Veg
Agency

WEXT is proud to partner with Capital Roots for The Big Veg!  Celebrate 10 years of the Veggie Mobile with us on July 28th (5-10p) down on River Street in Troy (next to Capital Roots' Urban Grow Center).

Admission is FREE!

Kimono Dragons
The Parlor
C.C. Vagabonds
Pony In the Pancake
Ragliacci en Masse (formerly The Lucky Jukebox Brigade)
WoodChuckWood
Chill Smith Collective

For more information, visit the Capital Roots website.

The Velmas
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The Eagles Greatest Hits Vol 1
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. They had five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums.  THE EAGLES were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s.

For the first time, you can now get both the greatest  hits collections as one collection to have all the best songs in one place.

Booker T
Artist

July 22nd

Mass MoCA

From his early days as a Stax Records session player with the M.G.’s, to his recent resurgence, Booker T. Jones has remained an ambassador of Memphis soul music for nearly fifty years. A Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jones visits Mass MoCA for a night of Green Onions, soon-to-be-classics, and all your favorites.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Agency

DSP Shows Presents Elvis Costello & the Imposters at Brewery Ommegang on July 21st 5:00PM Gates7:00PM Show Elvis Costellowsg Amy Helm A songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable, Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. A musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge, he is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve.

Carmen Lookshire
Kiki Vassilakis Photography / http://kikivassilakis.com/

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."

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