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January 2005

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 January include a live Homegrown Music concert on the 17th, and a Homegrown Jazz segment on the 12th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

Jan. 4 Steven Gellman. Singer-songwriter Steven Gellman, who has releases three CDs, returns to Homegrown Music after an absence of almost five years to perform a new collection of his thoughtful original songs that run from upbeat to poignant.

Steven Gellman
Steven Gellman in the Studio at WVIA

Jan. 11 Black Sage. Black Sage is a seven member folk, bluegrass and Irish-influenced group from Susquehanna County, who make their Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original songs that sound as if they were written generations ago. They are served up with plenty of energy and a feeling for the folk music traditions.

Joe Battaglia Trio
Left to right: Rich Messbauer, Glenn Davis, Joe Battaglia in the studio for Homegrown Music
Jan. 12 A Homegrown Jazz Segment with THE JOE BATTAGLIA TRIO. Guitarist Joe Battaglia has been appearing in various capacities on Homegrown Music for more than a decade, in settings from duos to large ensembles. This time, he leads a trio with acclaimed drummer Glenn Davis, known for his work with Marian McPartland, and bassist Richard Messbauer, whose career includes both classical work with symphony orchestras, and jazz ensembles. The trio performs a collection of fine new compositions by Battaglia. (Note: Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That Jazz.)

Jan 17 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with PASO FINO and WAYNE SCOTT FARLEY. WVIA's unique series of live two-hour radio concert broadcasts continues with an acoustic rock band from Ithaca, NY, remarkable guitar virtuoso from Easton.

Paso Fino
Paso Fino
Paso Fino bring together a distinctive combination of acoustic instrumentation, outstanding vocals and an eclectic range of musical influences. Featuring a former member of the much beloved band Donna the Buffalo, Paso Fino's two CDs, Should Have Bought a Pony and Into the Cactus Plain have both been featured extensively on Mixed Bag. They make their debut on Homegrown Music.

Wayne Scott Farley has developed a highly distinctive and very impressive style on 12-string acoustic and electric guitars. He pushes the limits of what seems to be possible with the instrument with his playing that incorporates percussive techniques and the use of harmonics and interesting chord voicings. He adds appealing vocals and creative lyrics to create music that makes one wonder if it's coming from just one guitar. After a very memorable appearance in a Homegrown Music recording session last year, he makes his debut on the live concert series.

Wayne Farley
Wayne Scott Farley in the Studio for a previous Homegrown Music segment
As usual, WVIA's members and listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience. Admission is free by advance reservation. Phone 570-655-2808. (Note Start time: 8:00 PM)

Jan. 18 Homegrown Encore with PAVLOV'S DAWGS. From the Lehigh Valley, Pavlov's Dawgs was one of the most distinctive and eclectic bluegrass bands around. During their existence in the early 1990s, their repertoire included songs by Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington and the Coasters. This encore features some of the more memorable performances by this group which combined superb playing with a sense of good fun.

Jan. 25 A Homegrown Sampler: Singer-songwriters and the Steinway. Not all singer-songwriters use the guitar as their main instrument. This anthology features some of the outstanding artists who performed their songs at WVIA's Steinway concert grand piano.

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