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October 2004

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, Special features during October include a Homegrown Music concert with Aztec Two-Step on the 18th, a Homegrown Jazz segment on the 27th, and a "Venerable" Homegrown Music sampler of segments from the Archive. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

Oct. 5 J.P. Jones. A nationally-known singer-songwriter with numerous CDs to his credit, JP Jones is an artist in the classic folk troubadour tradition. His songs tell stories and often make acute observations. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a set of new original material, not yet released on any album.

JP Jones
JP Jones in the studio at WVIA

Oct. 12 A "Venerable" Homegrown Music Special. WVIA's Mixed Bag, of which Homegrown Music is a part, has weekly "venerable music" segments featuring recordings that have stood the test of time, while avoiding popular "oldies." Homegrown Music has been presenting regional artists on WVIA as a weekly feature since 1976. This special 90-minute segment features a cross-section of fascinating and memorable performance from the series going back a decade or more, many by groups who are no longer together, and whose only recording was for Homegrown Music.

Oct. 18 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with AZTEC TWO-STEP and DAN PELLETIER. WVIA's unique series of live concert-broadcasts continues with a performance by one of the legendary folk-rock groups of the 1970s, and a an acclaimed pianist-singer-songwriter.

Aztec Two-Step's founders Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been together for more than three decades, with their 1972 Elektra Records debut becoming an influential classic. They have continued making great music, on both major labels and independent releases, performing before audiences that span generations. They have appeared on the David Letterman show, and were the subject of a PBS-TV documentary called "No Hit Wonder," and have attracted many fans in Northeastern Pennsylvania, filling venues like the Scranton Cultural Center.

Now the duo makes their Homegrown Music debut, performing songs from their new CD Days of Horses, along with some of their classics. This is a performance not to be missed.

Dan Pelletier first appeared on Homegrown Music in 1997 as part of a duo with Joe Giacoio. Since then Pelletier has been attracting critical attention with his astute songs, many of them narratives running from humorous to poignant. His recordings have included guest appearances by John Sebastian and Jay Ungar, among others. His latest CD Wild Heart Rodeo has been regularly featured on Mixed Bag recently, drawing numerous phone calls from listeners wanting to know more about the music. He'll be performing a solo set accompanying himself at the WVIA Steinway.

As usual, WVIA's members and listeners are invited to attend the concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center studios. Audience seating is available by free advance reservation. Phone 570-655-2808 to reserve seats. (Note: Start time 8:00 PM.)

Oct. 19 A Homegrown Music Sampler. Last week, as part of WVIA's annual fall fundraising drive, the series presented "venerable" recordings from the Homegrown Music Archive. This week, series producer-host George Graham presents an eclectic anthology of some more recent highlights.

Oct. 26 Black Bear Crossing. A fine Celtic style group from the Williamsport area, Black Bear Crossing present a wonderful mix of mostly traditional material performed on instruments like hammered dulcimer, concertina and accordion, in this encore from 2003.

Lance Koonah Quartet
Lance Koonah Quartet: Left to right: bassist Robert Kopec, pianist David Starck, saxophonist Lance Koonah, drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker
Oct. 27 Lance Koonah Quartet. Saxophonist Koonah makes his Homegrown Music debut with a fine straight-ahead acoustic jazz quartet performing outstanding original compositions by Koonah. His group is young, but they play jazz on a world-class level. (Note Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That Jazz.)

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