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May 2008

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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. May's special feature is a live concert on the 19th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown.html

May 6 Ross Dacko. A talented singer-songwriter makes his debut appearance on Homegrown Music. His CD Master and the Monkey has been featured on Mixed Bag. When he's not per forming as a folk artist, Dacko works behind the scenes as a recording engineer, producer and composer. He performs a nice collection of new songs, many not yet released on CD.

Ross Dacko
Ross Dacko at WVIA

The Unteachable Men
The Unteachable Men at WVIA

May 13 The Unteachable Men. This core of this group from straddling the border PA/NY region around Binghamton, NY goes back to the 1980s on Homegrown Music. They return to the series with a new collection of their distinctive and often whimsical music. This incarnation of the Unteachable Men goes co-ed.

May 19 A Homegrown Music Concert with SMASH PALACE and INVERT. WVIA's unique monthly series of two-hour live concert-broadcasts continues with a distinctive mix of melodic rock and an eclectic string quartet.

From the Philadelphia area, Smash Palace goes back to the mid-1980s when brothers Stephen and Brian Butler formed a band called Quincy, which released an album on Columbia Records in 1985. After an extended hiatus, they reformed in 1999 as Smash Palace and one day in 2005, they played a show in the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles were discovered. Smash Palace also found themselves "discovered" at the Cavern Club, and were signed to an American record label. Their CD from 2007, Everybody Comes and Goes was featured on the Mixed Bag weekly album review series, and was also widely praised for their intelligent 21st Century update of the "British Invasion" sound. After a studio session appearance on Homegrown Music in 2006, the band makes their first appearance on the Homegrown Music live concert series.

Smash Palace
Smash Palace at WVIA in late 2006

Invert at WVIA
Invert derives its name from its instrumentation, a string quartet with two cellos, violin and viola. Formed close to a decade ago by musicians from diverse backgrounds, including jazz-rock fusion, Invert performs creative original music with opportunities for jazz-like improvisation. Their current CD The Strange Parage. Like Smash Palace, Invert appeared previously on in a Homegrown Music recording session, and it also marks their HGM live concert debut.

Free audience seating in the new WVIA Studio Theater is available by reservation at http://wvia.org or by calling 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.)

May 20 The Bleeding Hearts. Another Homegrown Archive segment from 10 years ago features a first-rate roots rock band, led by singer-songwriter guitarist Joe Wilkinson, that also includes guitarist Neal Casal (now with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals) and keyboard man John Ginty (Robert Randolph Band).

May 27 Walter Prezelski. Distinctive and eclectic singer-songwriter Walter Prezelski from Uniondale, PA, has released four CDs of music that defies ready categorization. He returns to Homegrown Music with a new collection of his songs, joined by guitarist Kelly Birtch.

Walter Prezelski
Walter Prezelsli recording at WVIA

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