It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT, September 30th

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It’s Local 518 Thursday! Links are included for the artist/band and the song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show so Nippertown readers can find out more about them, and support them 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 11:00 pm on WEXT Radio, there’s a six-pack of tunes on the playlist…
Reggie Harris – “It’s Who We Are
Nxnes – “Motherbrain
Misty Blues – “Listen
Jocelyn and Chris – “Sugar and Spice
Kyla Silk – “Flavors (ft. Z The Author)
Amy Ryan Band – “Don’t Get Too Close

The Attic Classic: Ernie Williams was born in 1925, growing up on a Virginia tobacco plantation. Inspired to play the blues from hearing the old masters Sunday nights on a Nashville radio station, he moved to Harlem in the 1940s to pursue music. He relocated to Albany in the 1960s after passing through the area while on tour as bass player for blues funk group The Ohio Players and found it to his liking.

It was years of paying his dues until a wave of popularity for blues-based music finally caught up to him in the 90s. He played any show he was asked to, from small bar gigs to opening for nationally touring blues and soul acts performing at the Palace. There were some high-profile performances outside the area too, along with benefit concerts for the community, and hosting his annual birthday shows in different venues around the area for charity. A seemingly tireless performer and showman, he earned the title of Albany’s Ambassador of the Blues. Ernie’s last show – at a church, no less – was a few days before passing away in 2012.

Ernie recorded several live and studio CDs with bands made up of top local musicians, showcasing the blues, roots and gospel music he loved. The Attic Classic is “Where’d You Stay Last Night” from Ernie Williams & The Wildcats 1993 disc ‘Sun Goin’ Down.’
Tune in WEXT Radio at 97.7 and 106.1 FM, at 89.1’s HD2 station, via online website stream at www.wextradio.org, or by using the free app for iOS and Android devices.

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