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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Our good friend, JD McPherson and his incredibly hot band dropped by today and ripped through three songs from the new album, "Undivided Heart & Soul". 

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In this Live@EXT session, hear Jackie Greene, the one-time member of Black Crowes and Trigger Hippy talk about the impetus for creating two EP's, recording solo in a noisy Brooklyn basement and  growing up; "It sounds like a country song, but it's true," Jackie says.  "My dad and mom split up when I was a kid and he left behind his acoustic guitar.  I don't know, maybe I was about 10.  I took piano lessons for a little while.  Took guitar lessons for about 2 mo

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Americana treasure and New York punk troubadour Jesse Malin stopped by and talked to Dave Michaels about his early hardcore days before turning down the volume of his music.  "What I felt was we were playing out in these big venues, opening for these really big bands and everybody at that time wanted to mosh, the mosh pit, ya know", Jesse explains.  "I went back down to acoustic guitar.  I think there's a real connection between folk and punk be

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His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack.

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New York-based singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari paints a lush folk music landscape with compelling lyrics and a rough, worn voice that draws you in.  His independently released sophomore album, Through These Waves is out now.  Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape.  

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Son Little is a nu-soul innovator from Philadelphia who “doesn’t strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.” (NPR) He first gained notice through collaborations with The Roots and electronic producer RJD2, and has gone on to release a debut on roots-rock heavyweight ANTI- Records. Classic soul-inspired riffs are enhanced by a kaleidoscope of electronics, and anchored by Little’s mellifluous (often echo-soaked) voice. Perfect for sipping on an afternoon IPA.

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Dave Michaels recently caught up with legendary blues rock icon Kim Simmonds!  Hear what they had to talk about below.  And don't miss Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown in a FREE show August 22 at Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie! 

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Exit 97.7 WEXT PRESENTS My Morning Jacket! 

My Morning Jacket make their MASS MoCA debut this Saturday night and drummer Patrick Hallahan tells Dave Michaels fans can expect the unexpected! 

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Alex Wollyung (l), James Johnson (c), and Patrick Grace (r) from Local 518 Good Fiction dropped by to debut new songs from an upcoming fan-funded album!  Hear this bombastic trio in a stripped-down session and talk to Dave Michaels about their nine month music hiatus, musical heroes, upcoming shows and how you can help make their next album a reality. 

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Run or Walk to benefit the Altamont Community Food Pantry! 

Don't miss the Altamont 5K End of Summer Music Festival at Bozenkill Park, Saturday, August 26th from 10 to 6!  Begin with a run thru the streets around the Village of Altamont with over 100 door prizes and awards for the finishers!  Plus, food trucks, refreshments and live music from Stephen Smith Duo with Zen Reinhardt, Where’s Alex?, Wide Awake, Groove Doctors and Soul Sky!

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Local 518  brother and sister Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have been among our faves for several years!  Hear them tell Dave Michaels how they juggled attending Harvard University while writing, recording and touring relentlessly across America.  In the moments when they're not busy, Jocelyn likes to read while Chris explores his cooking abilities. 

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Florida's rising young blues fireball drops by our studio playing a $25 Salvation Army guitar - barefoot Selwyn talks with Dave Michaels about the ripple effect of discovering Jimi Hendrix for the first time, to seeing Buddy Guy in concert, being mentored by the self-proclaimed "Disciple of the Blues" Sonny Rhodes to the suprise of having Keb' Mo' call out his name aboard a Blues Cruise!

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He's a writer, producer, performer, musician, lion tamer and phlebotomist.  Okay maybe not the last two, but Sandy McKnight is certainly an entertaining jack-of-all-trades!  Sandy dropped by to play some songs and talk about his music projects, tv show and upcoming shows.

Keep up with Sandy at his website.

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Cake - One of our favorite bands of the '90s are gearing up for two incredible shows in our area!  Go the distance!  Catch 'em at one, if not BOTH stops! With no set lists, you're in for a real treat! 

Friday, May 26 at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York

Sunday, May 28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusettes

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Scott began his music career in Wisconsin in the early ’90′s. He spent his teenage years attending Milwaukee’s prestigious High School of The Arts by day, while playing in clubs and touring by night. In the Fall of 2008, Scott joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist, being hailed as “Gregg Allman’s secret weapon” by Glide magazine. Scott has developed a close musical relationship with Allman over the last 9 years and serves as Musical Director for the Gregg Allman Band.

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Our friends from Dyer Switch Band dropped by to play some songs and chat about plans for a new album!  We're very excited about having them join the Local 518 lineup at this year's Albany Tulip Festival this Sunday!

 

All the details about the 69th Annual Albany Tulip Festival are HERE

Stop by and say "hello!"  We'd love to see you!

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Leap into summer Saturday, May 27th at the 7th Annual Battenkill Runs Through It Beach, Music and Food Festival in Greenwich!

Canoe and kayak rides, fly fishing demonstrations, the River Watch Discovery Program’s popular “bug table,” original art, water & beach contests, Salem Boy Scouts Chicken BBQ, PLUS live music from Mitch Throop, George Wilson and HEARD!  

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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!

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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/

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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! 

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