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. February's special feature is a live concert on the 26th with Mike Agranoff and the John Ginty Band. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info
Feb. 6 Lazlo A fine roots and country-rock influenced quartet
from Western New Jersey and Eastern PA, Lazlo performs outstanding original
compositions marked by thoughtful lyrics, great vocal harmonies and first-class
musicianship. Their 2004 CD Old Steel Company has been featured on
WVIA's Mixed Bag, and this 2005 Homegrown Music session marked the group's
debut on the program with a collection of previously unreleased music.
Feb. 13 The Fat Cats. This first-rate Northeastern Pennsylvania blues band, led by a police officer, has been together for a few years. In 2005, they made their Homegrown Music debut performing original music that ranges from straight-out electric blues to swing-oriented material. They include some infectious instrumentals in addition to their strong vocals in this encore broadcast.
Feb. 20 Van Wagner. Danville singer-songwriter Van Wagner has
been a frequent and always-welcome guest on Homegrown Music. A prolific
songwriter, he has released 10 CDs of original songs, but for this HGM, he
performs a collection of traditional and outstanding, but little-known
contemporary folk-style songs by other songwriters.|
Feb. 26 A Homegrown Music Concert with MIKE AGRANOFF and THE JOHN GINTY BAND. WVIA's unique series of monthly live concert-broadcasts this month presents two very different, but equally entertaining performances.
Folksinger and humorist Mike Agranoff is known for his clever
reworkings of traditional tunes, and feats like condensing all of Shakespeare's
"Hamlet" into a three-minute song. He returns to Homegrown Music for his second
appearance which promises more of his enjoyable musical witticisms.|
Keyboard man John Ginty is a versatile artist who is usually heard on the
Hammond B-3 organ as a busy sideman. He maintains a busy career as a studio
musician, having performed on scores of nationally released CDs. He has also
been appearing on Homegrown Music for a decade, adding his tasteful work to
performances by Neal Casal, Tom Flannery and the Bleeding Hearts. He spent the
past few year touring internationally with Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Now he has reconvened his own group, which appeared in a Homegrown Music studio
session in 2000. The jam-band-oriented group just released a double live CD,
and they return to Homegrown Music for a live performance.|
Feb. 27 Dave's True Story. This hip, jazzy group is acclaimed
nationally for their clever lyrics and the sultry vocals of chanteuse
Kelly Flint. The group has been very prolific, releasing 3 CDs in the last year
and a half. They also put in a Homegrown Music recording session in 2005, and
this memorable session is given an encore broadcast.|