Homegrown Music is WVIA-FM's exclusive series which each week showcases the talents of regional contemporary music artists in recordings produced in the WVIA-FM studios by series host George Graham. Homegrown Music (HGM), presents new performances most Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. August special features include a Homegrown Music concert on the 12th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html
Aug. 5 Rich Jenkins/Electric Charlie. Scranton singer-songwriter and guitarist Rich Jenkins makes his Homegrown Music debut with an appealing collection of upbeat, sometimes jazzy original songs performed with his Electric Charlie band-mate, bassist Alex DeVergilis.
Aug. 12 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with RELATIVE SIGHT and B.D. LENZ. WVIA-FM's unique series of monthly live concert broadcasts presents a fine acoustic duo from the Philadelphia area and jazz-rock fusion from New Jersey.
Relative Sight are a pair of classically trained musicans who studied English horn and cello at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Janet Taggert and Heidi Palalay decided to form a folk-oriented duo incorporating their distinctive instrumentation, along with more conventional instruments like acoustic guitar and piano. They combine superb musicianship and vocals with lyrically insightful original compositions for a very appealing sound. Their second CD More Than One Life was spotlighted on the Mixed Bag weekly album review. This concert marks their Homegrown Music debut.
B.D. Lenz is a talented jazz-rock fusion guitarist who teaches mathematics when he is not creating original music with his group. He recently released a CD called Simple Life which has also been featured on Mixed Bag, and has also been receiving praise on a national level. B.D. and his group last year put in a Homegrown Music recording session, and this month they peform their new material live.
Free audience seating is available by advance reservation by calling 570-655-2808. Note start time: 8:00 PM.
Aug. 19 Second Left. This fine New Jersey-based band combines sophisticated songwriting with a jazzy, piano-based sound. Their CD Fruitful Abyss received much critical praise. This encore of a 2001 Homegrown Music session features newer material created subsequent to their CD.
Aug. 26 E.G. Kight. Stretching the definition of "homegrown" a bit, the "Georgia Songbird" E.G. Kight regularly makes appearances in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including at the 2002 Billtown Blues Festival where she was a big hit. After a successful career in country music, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Ms. Kight decided to make the transition to blues, and has been winning new fans ever since. This Homegrown Music performance presents Ms. Kight in a unique solo acoustic setting.