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 April include a Homegrown Music jazz concert on the 9th, and an anthology of humorous and novelty songs on the 3rd. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info
Apr. 3 A Homegrown Anthology Segment: Humorous and Novelty Songs. Two days after April Fools Day, Homegrown Music presents some appropriate music. Producer George Graham digs into the Homegrown Music archive to present a collection of funny, satirical and downright weird songs by regional artists.
Apr. 9 A Homegrown Music Live Jazz Concert with the SKIP WILKINS QUINTET and the ERIC MINTEL QUARTET. This month's Homegrown Music Concert-Broadcast presents an evening of great jazz piano from two Eastern Pennsylvania jazz artists with their groups.
Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins is from Easton, PA, where he is on the
faculty of Lafayette College. A New England native, he came from a musical
family and has been performing from an early age. Over the years, he has
performed with many well-known jazz artists, including Conti Candoli, Milt
Hinton and Peter Erskine. This quintet is his latest project. It features
outstanding Eastern PA musicians, including saxophonist Paul Kendall, guitarist
Tom Kozic, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Gary Rissmiller, most of whom are
familiar figures to fans of Homegrown Music. The group marks the release of
their new CD The Skip Wilkins Quintet Volume 2. The group will be
spotlighting Wilkins' original compositions.
Pianist Eric Mintel is a resident of Bucks County in Southeastern PA, and has
been leading his quartet since 1993. Among his gigs was a performance at the
While House for President Clinton in 1998. He was also a guest on NPR's Piano
Jazz with Marian McPartland. Long a student of the music of Dave Brubeck, Eric
has had an opportunity to open for Brubeck in 2005. His current quartet
includes saxophonist Nelson Hill, bassist Dave Antonow and drummer Dave Mohn.
They will also be featuring original music along with jazz standards.
Apr. 10 One Star Hotel. A fine band from Southeastern PA, the
group is known for their strong writing and classy understated musicianship.
They serve up original roots rock with a touch of British-invasion influence in
this encore of their 2005 session for Homegrown Music.
Apr. 17 Laura Brereton. An outstanding singer-songwriter who grew
up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Laura Brereton is now a resident of the Boston
area, but she returns frequently to her hometown. During her last trip, she
stopped by Homegrown Music to perform a new collection off her appealing
Apr. 24 Kris Kehr and Bill Stetz. Kris Kehr is a long-time
Homegrown Music veteran with more than a dozen appearances on the series, both
solo and with groups ranging from the eclectic bluegrass group Pavlov's Dawgs
to the early incarnation of the Electric Farm to the roots rock of the Stone
Poets. This 2004 duo session with State College-area bassist Bill Stetz
features folk-influenced original acoustic music.