Session

Mary Gauthier
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Mary Gauthier has released "Rifles and Rosary Beads." It's an album full of songs she's written with soldiers as part of the Songwriting With: Soldiers project.  Mary Gauthier is one of the key songwriters for Songwriting With.  She brought along Mary Judd, one of the co-founders.

Kim Richey
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Kim Richey loves to write songs. She does it all the time. She also loves to work with other songwriters. She did a lot of that on her latest album, "Edgeland." In fact, eleven of the twelve songs were cowritten with some of her friends.  Many of those friends also play on her latest album.

Kim plays songs from "Edgeland" and talks about the collaborative process - Live @ EXT.

Jackie Bristow
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New Zealand native, Jackie Bristow began her professional singing career with her sister. The Bristow Sisters spent a decade traveling and singing together.  While her sister went off to a day job, Jackie struck out for Australia and then the United States.

Hear her sing songs from "Shot of Gold" and the great song "Freedom" in her Live @ EXT session.

Rebecca Loebe
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Rebecca Loebe's latest album is "Blink." We have been fascinated by the songs "Cannonball," and "Forever  Young Forever."  She plays both and talk about the songs and the album. Plus, we learn about Nobody's Girl.

Altan at WEXT
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Formed in 1987, the Irish band Altan dropped by ahead of their show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  They discussed traditional Irish music, the new album (The Gap of Dreams), and played a few songs as well.

The Grady Girls
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Based in Ithaca, NY, The Grady Girls dropped by to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some great old Irish tunes.  The Grady Girls are:

Nora (fiddle), Marie (flute), Leah (bodhrán), and Saoirse (fiddle) who are based in Ithaca, NY, their hometown, and Oona (fiddle) and newest band member James (guitar), both reside in Saratoga Springs, where they perform as the duo Drank The Gold.  

The Druids at WEXT
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The Irish quartet known as The Druids were in town to play a show with Kevin McKrell. Kevin and Chris Shaw recommended we get the guys in for a visit, and boy did we learn a lot about Irish history and how it continues to be told by the singers and songwriters of today.

Bette Smith at WEXT
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Born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Bette Smith grew up with the tough times and her parents gospel music.  As her older brother was on his death bed, he convinced her to make a change - to use her voice for what it was meant to be used for - singing blues, soul and R&B.

Her latest album is "Jetlagger," and she dropped by to sing songs from the album and talk about making music.

The Ballroom Thieves
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Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves were making their way across to Rochester for a show, and on their way, they stopped by to play songs from the new EP, "Paper Crown," and to talk about music.  We learned that the band met while searching on Tinder. OK, that part is not true, but...  You just never know who might be at an open mic.  You'd be well served to stop by one sometime.

  

Grant-Lee Phillips
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Grant-Lee Phillips has come a long way since his days as the lead member of Grant-Lee Buffalo.  He dropped by with his new album, "Widdershins," to tell us about it, and play some songs. He let it be known that "words just stick" on him.  The word "widdershin" was one of those words.  Listen in...

Lera Lynn at WEXT
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Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn came to prominence as the singer in the dive bar on the second series of HBO's True Detective.  She co-wrote the songs she sang with T-Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash.  In her own right, she's released a few albums of music, and is working on her next projects.

Before her show at the Massry Center for the Arts, she stopped by to play a few songs and talk up what she's been doing.

Tinsley Ellis at WEXT
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Blues guitarist extraordinaire, Tinsley Ellis came to town to play a show at The Linda. Before he went there, he stopped by to talk about his latest album, "Winning Hand."  He played us a couple tunes, including a Leo Kottke instrumental.

Nora Jane Struthers at WEXT
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NPR and Rolling Stone said Nora Jane Struthers' album, "Champion," was one of the best records of 2017 that you likely didn't hear.  If you listened to WEXT, you did.  And if you're a fan, you're likely looking forward to listening back to the session she did when she and her band stopped at The Linda in Albany this January.

Chris Smither at WEXT
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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.  

Eddie Berman
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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
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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.  

All Poets & Heroes at WEXT
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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
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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."

The Accidentals at WEXT
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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."

Live At EXT
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2017 Black Friday Live @ EXT Marathon

(all start times approximate, and subject to change)

 

Every Friday at 12n, we feature a session with a national touring artist who has passed through the area. The guest may have stopped at one of the amazing spaces to see live music, or the guest was simply out playing a radio tour to promote her or his latest album. The goal with these live sessions with interview is to help you get a little closer to the artist, to learn more about what motivates her/him. 

 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Craig Stickland
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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.

JD McPherson
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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". 

Cry Cry Cry
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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
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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
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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.

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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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