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 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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Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I Was Just Leaving, the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion.

Robert Bordieri

Maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves, but we cannot wait until summertime! Music on Mainstreet; Canajoharie's FREE summer concert series returns with a stellar lineup!

Anti- Records

Our very good friend and acclaimed Local 518 singer-songwriter Sean Rowe dropped by to catch up and talk about his journey of recording a new album (NEW LORE out 4/8 on Anti- Records), what it means to be an independent artist and much, much more. 

Armed only with two amps, a pedal board, one weathered six-string guitar and his unmistakable baritone voice, Sean treated us to two new songs and a Leonard Cohen cover!   

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Local 518 band, Gordon St dropped by the studio for the first time to play some new songs and talk to Dave Michaels.  The band will celebrate the release of their self-titled, full-length album April 29th with a CD release show at Firestone 151 and some very special guests joining them on stage. 

Timothy B. Schmit
Artist

Timothy B. Schmit, the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco just released a new 12-track solo album titled, "Leap of Faith"Hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talk to Dave Michaels about his storied four-decade long career.

WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter Steve Candlen dropped by to play some songs and talk about all the music he's been making. 

Steve recorded two EP's at Overit Studios in Albany last year; A Murmuration of Starlings and Subwayfarer.  He continues to write and record at a feverish pace.

Keep listening to Exit 97.7 WEXT for new music from this prolific Local 518'er. For more information about what Steve is up to, visit his Facebook page.

WEXT

Though perhaps technically a singer-songwriter, Ian Fitzgerald prefers the term 'folk singer,' as it more accurately describes the tradition in which his music is rooted. From early twentieth century field recordings through Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, and hundreds of artists in between, Ian has been influenced by one of the sturdiest strains of American music. 

Hear Ian play songs from his new album, "You Won't Even Know I'm Gone" and chat with Dave Michaels Live@EXT:

WEXT

Mike Poulopoulos (Rebel Darling) and Zack Hay  (North & South Dakotas) stopped by WEXT and chatted with Dave Michaels. 

Mike and Zack, together with Adam Brockway (Eastbound Jesus) are playing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs this Sunday, January 15th.  The Americana Songwriters In The Round will showcase the songwriting talents of these three amazing Local 518'ers. 

Hear a sneak peak of what you can expect as they trade songs and talk with Dave:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has announced the Class of 2017:  Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. 

And Local 518 singer/songwriter Michael Eck weighed in as a voting member of the Hall!  Hear Michael talk with Dave Michaels about his connection to the Hall, the voting process, the hits and misses, and all the movers and shakers, the visionaries and inspirations that changed the way we listen to rock & roll. 

Ready! Set! Sprint!

Nov 23, 2016
Michael P. Farrell / Times Union

The 11th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint is back in downtown Albany, Saturday, December 10th!  Jason VonGuinness and Chad Binney from the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy  (ASAP), who put on this holiday tradition, talk to Dave Michaels. 

Learn more about ASAP and register online for the 11th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint here:  https://albanysociety.org/

Saratoga Arts

Are you ready to party like it's 2017?

There's no better way to ring in the New Year than with all your friends in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs at First Night Saratoga!

Alix Jones, First Night Coordinator and Development Associate with Saratoga Arts talks with Dave Michaels about all the preparations that lead up to one of the oldest and largest celebrations in the country! 

Ebru Yildiz

We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Miss Sharon Jones; a pint-sized powerhouse of a soul singer who lost her courageous battle against pancreatic cancer on November 18 at the age of 60. 

Artist

Australian singer-songwriter and blues rock guitar virtuoso Hamish Anderson dropped by the station to play us some songs from his new full length debut release Trouble

No Depression

Everybody knows I'm a huge Neil Young fan.  Seems like forever.  I was in middle school in Syracuse when I discovered his music.  I used to scan radio stations by turning the knob that moved the needle up and down.  Remember those?  I was always in search for music that was different and unique.  I loved the hip hop and the British punk and the new wave that was exploding.  But it was during one of those late night expeditions with my radio when I discovered Neil.  Wow!  I was hooked.  His voice is at times soft and sincere.  Other times, brash and vitriol

Chris Walter

This Saturday, November 12, Neil Percival Young turns 71 years old. 

The King of Mountain Funk.  The Godfather of Grunge.  Whatever you call him, one thing is for certain, Neil Young is undoubtedly one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. 

I've been a devout fan through thick and thin; through all his ever changing musical tastes and styles.  He's been one of my favorites since I was able to reach the volume knob on the radio to turn up on one of his songs. 

Glide Magazine

“I took it a stage further; a really sort of heavy, authentic blues band and like everything else, you add to what went before.   I always looked to The Stones, people like that, they came before me and of course they were the beginnings of that whole thing in England.  I certainly kicked that ball along.”

WEXT

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers recently stopped by on their way through town touring.  The guys ripped through three exciting songs and hung with Dave Michaels.  Tommy talked about his earliest memories of watching his older brother play in a band in their basement which sparked his own passion to play guitar.  Influenced by the great blues, R&B and rock 'n' roll artists of the 60's, Tommy set off on a lifelong musical journey that has taken him from local stages to national and international touring. 

Thomas Lieven

Twin guitars! 

Thin Lizzy!

Jimmy Page and the Spirit lawsuit! 

British rockers Wishbone Ash are one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format; inspiring such bands as Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.  

Justin Hayward
Artist

Dave Michaels talks with the incredibly gifted and beloved voice of The Moody Blues;  who is performing solo at The Egg on Wednesday, May 18. 

Graham Nash
Artist

"I could drop dead in the middle of this conversation."  74-year old music icon and two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Graham Nash opens up about his life from The Hollies, CSN&Y to his latest solo release, This Path Tonight. 

If you want to hear the whole conversation, it's here on Soundcloud: