518 Sessions

Bryan Thomas
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Bryan Thomas (from the Soul Rock Capital of the Universe) brings it with a new session featuring songs from his latest "tiny album," "Songs About Books About Writers."  He even throws in a brand new song - just two days old.  

Jim Gaudet at WEXT
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Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys dropped by to play a few songs from their latest album, "When It Rains."  They'll be at Caffe Lena on Friday, February 24th, and will be traversing the country for festivals and such starting in the spring (remember that?) through this summer.

Hear the session.

MaryLeigh Roohan w/Jen Trani
WEXT

Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan dropped by to share some new songs she's been working on with guitarist, songwriter Jen Trani from LA. The two met while out on two separate tours that bumped into each other one night. Friends and a songwriting team were made. Come back soon to hear the full session which airs on WEXT Thursday, February 23 at 1130p, and Saturday, February 25 at 630p.

The New McKrells
WEXT

Kevin McKrell has traveled the world bringing his brand of Local 518 folk with Irish roots to the Four Corners of the world.  Recently, he brought a newly minted "New" McKrells to visit with us and play a few songs before they went to play at Caffe Lena (February 23, 2017).

Enjoy the session with the "New" McKrells from our 518 Sessions series.

Sean Rowe's voice, a room-rattling baritone, demands attention. The stories he tells with it are portraits that feel simple on the surface... they never are. Within "Gas Station Rose," Sean Rowe is on the road with a partner, they have each other, not much else. Even this little scene is filled with tension:

Molly Durnin
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Molly Durnin dropped by to play some songs from the album she'll be producing this year. She expects to have it ready this summer.  It's been about 4 years since we heard her debut album.

Molly is working with Indiegogo to crowd-fund her second album.  For more information on that, visit her Indigiegogo page

The Local 518 Show 1620

Jan 26, 2017
Mother Flag Country
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There's alternate radio for you with Andy Gregory tonight at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Dial in the Local 518 Show, with music by Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad, Eastern Electric, The North & South Dakotas, Jasper, Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band, and Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys. The Attic Classic is from Mother, Flag & Country - formed in 1969 at the Veteran's Hall in Schenectady, parted ways in 1976, getting together 35 years later to finally record the album 'Taking A Mulligan'. The opening track, "Ballad of Elijah" is our Attic Classic.

Local 518 Show 1616

Dec 15, 2016
Stomplistics
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Stay with Exit 977 WEXT during a break in the 977 Greatest Songs countdown to listen to The Local 518 Show at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Andy Gregory has music by Darling Valley, The Fire Trail, Jasper, Chas Hollywood (of Lut - The Band), Sandy McKnight & The Idea, and Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra. The funky grooves of the ‎Attic Classic comes from The Stomplistics, their single "Fifteen And Gone."

Cannon the Brave
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Allison and Whitney Smith are Cannon the Brave.  Since they last visited with us, they've expanded the band, and have written some very nice new music.  Hear about how they became Cannon the Brave, and hear them play live with new bandmates.

Plus, you should join them at the Madison Theatre for the release of their new EP. Join their Facebook event page here.

Mountain Snow Orchestra
WEXT

For many years, the support band for Bridget Ball and Chris Shaw’s long running hit Christmas show ‘Mountain Snow Mistletoe’ consisted of Kevin McKrellBrian Melick and John Kirk. As the Mountain Snow Orchestra, they keep the tradition alive with a down home evening of holiday music, merriment and mischief.

The Sea The Sea
WEXT

Our friends, The Sea The Sea are working on a new record, and have been experimenting by augmenting their sound with Eric Margan and Cara May Gorman.  

Hear the resulting session we recorded recently. Visit their website for more on the band.

Below the session, you can see the videos of the wonderful songs in the session, too.

Luminous Crush
WEXT

Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell stopped by to play a few songs from the new album by Luminous Crush called "Lumina," and a couple songs from the forthcoming recording The Bondville Boys will be doing (both are members of both bands).

Have a listen to the session here.

Marty Wendell with Chris Wienk
WEXT

Marty Wendell's new album is "A Real Good Run."  He came by to visit and played a few songs from the album, and he chatted with our own Chris Wienk about the time he got to play Johnny Cash one of his songs. Marty went on to open the "Live at Fulsom Prison" concert tour.  Hear some great music and stories from Marty's 52 years in the music business.

Fear Of Strangers
WEXT

September 23, 2016, Fear Of Strangers reunite to play some old favorites, and a few new things that will delight the fans.  The show is at The Hollow in Albany.  Click here for details.  They dropped by for a session with Chris Wienk.  Check it out here.

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
WEXT

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys came by to celebrate the release of their new album, "When It Rains."

Andrew Wheeler
WEXT

Dust Bowl Faeries
WEXT

The amazing Ryder Cooley brought her band, Dust Bowl Faeries by the studio just ahead of their show at the Tang Museum on July 8th.  Enjoy a little dark, gothic folk.

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We've been long time fans of this incredibly talented brother and sister duo from Fort Plain! 

We first caught a glimpse of their brilliance on stage during a Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie event when they were fresh-faced teenagers!  Now upperclassmen at Harvard University, these sibling rockers continue to amaze us with their drive, determination and music! 

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Local 518 Sean Rowe dropped by WEXT to play some new songs from his forthcoming Kickstarter-funded album.  The Kickstarter campaign wraps up June 14.  And while the goal has already been met (HOORAY!), there's still some exclusive incentives you can choose from and take home!  Plus, it's always nice to have a little more money than what you budgeted for, right? We can't wait for the new album in 2017!

Hear Sean perform three new songs and talk with Dave Michaels:

Sean Rowe
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Our good friend Sean Rowe dropped by the studio to announce plans for a new Kickstarter campaign.  Congratulations! Great job, Sean.

Super 400
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In 1996, Kenny and Joe were approached by Lori looking to recruit members for a band she wanted to have. Kenny blew her off. Thankfully, that was not the end of the story. 

The Living Roots Trio
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Live performances and conversations with Local 518 musicians. Each week, we highlight a different Local 518 artist in session with a brief interview to introduce you go the artist.

This is the schedule of the upcoming sessions with Local 518 artists. (Dates are the Thurs 11:30p. The same session airs Sat at 6:30p).

4/28 - The Living Roots Trio

5/5 - The Penny Jar

5/12 - Dyer Switch Band

5/19 - Olivia Quillio