It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT, August 26th
It’s Local 518 Thursday! Links are included for the artist/band and song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show so Nippertown readers can find out more about them, and support by listening to & purchasing the songs. A version of the following is posted on the Local 518 Facebook page. Miss the show? Listen to it and previous ones at the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show webpage.
Tonight at 11:00pm on WEXT Radio, the Local 518 Show soaked up some great music from the area to share on a playlist that features…
Maddy Hicks – “Backseat“
Gavin Preller – “You Can Always Go” (on Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings)
Tim Wechgelaer – “Cloud Lifter“
Red Light Rivals – “There Ain’t Enough Time“
Griff (aka Matt Griffin) – “Foresight“
C.K. & the Rising Tide – “Follow the Buzzards“
Caity Gallagher – “Give It All“
The Attic Classic: First, let me tell you that the distinctive voice of native upstater, singer-songwriter Rob Jonas is a dead giveaway that he was not a long-lost relative to the New Jersey via Disney pop music machine The Jonas Brothers. Our Rob Jonas is more in the vein of acoustic roots rock, writing songs inspired by real and imagined struggles of life and love, observations of the world, and whatever was rattling around in his head at the time.
As with most solo artists, he began playing at area open mic’s. In order to get over his initial shyness of being on a stage, he was sometimes known to wander through the audience while performing. Indeed, not having the world’s top-class singing voice was made up for by his charm, low-stress attitude and songs that people could relate to immediately.
Through those open mic’s he made connections to other musicians to support him in the recording studio. His first EP, “Wandering Madison” came out in 2007, yielding two songs that earned airplay on local radio and good reviews. His 2009 full-length album follow-up, “Take Me Anywhere,” featured 12 songs, employing a strong collection of local musicians in support, with impressive results.
Our Attic Classic is one of those dozen tracks, the ironically titled “Livin’ The Dream.”
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