It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT, January 6th
It’s Local 518 Thursday! Click on the artist/band and song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show to find out more about them, and support by listening to & purchasing the songs. Miss the show? Listen to it and previous ones on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show webpage. Have music you want us to hear? Submission guidelines can be found at the webpage link too. Send us stuff! A version of the following is posted on the Local 518 Facebook page.
Tonight at 11:00pm on WEXT Radio, the Local 518 Show playlist features…
The Attic Classic: As a youngster, Ernie Williams was inspired to play the blues from hearing the old masters Sunday nights on a Nashville radio station. In the 1940’s he moved to Harlem to pursue music. He relocated to Albany in the 1960s after passing through (and liking!) the area while on tour as bass player for blues funk group The Ohio Players.
Years of paying his dues paid off when the 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. 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.’
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The Young Wildcats began as a tribute to Ernie Williams, playing classic blues and rock. Here’s a clip playing one of Ernie’s tunes, “Who’s Gonna Love You.” https://fb.watch/am3-k6qfmi/