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. February's special feature include a remembrance of Blue Sparks' C.T. Tucker on the 2nd, and a live Homegrown Music concert on the 8th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown-music
Feb. 2 Blue Sparks: A Remembrance of C.T. Tucker. One of the most
popular regional bands during the 1980s was Blue Sparks from Hell, who made
many appearances on Homegrown Music. On January 19, Chris Hartshorne, better
known as C.T. Tucker, Blue Sparks' charismatic front man succumbed to lymphoma.
Tucker's stage antics were legendary, and his energy seemed boundless. Blue
Sparks officially adjourned in 1990, but they would occasionally get back
together for special events. One of those was the 2009 Delaware Water Gap
Celebration of the Arts in September. It turned out to be the band's
second-last performance. They were in great form. And as a tribute to Tucker,
Homegrown Music presents this performance, along with some Blue Sparks studio
sessions from the program's archive.|
Feb. 8 A Homegrown Music Concert with JAY SMAR and HITCHIN' CRICKET. WVIA's unique live radio broadcast concert series continues with two folk-influenced performances.
Folk-singer and songwriter Jay Smar has been a regular on Homegrown Music for
more than 20 years. Recently, he released a collection of music about coal
mining in the region. He'll be performing some of those songs with other
original and traditional music in a solo setting.|
Hitchin' Cricket are band from around Forest City, PA, who combine rock, folk,
and bluegrass influence and feature a flute. The group's principal members
spent several years in Oregon, but returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania and
restarted the band with new original material. They make their first Homegrown
Music live concert appearance.|
Feb. 9 Goodbye Girl Friday. A first-rate jazzy, keyboard-oriented group founded by former members of the nationally-known band Edison With the Weather. This 2003 session from the Homegrown Music archive spotlights their appealing and sophisticated original music. (Encore).
Feb. 16 Michael Dutz. Hazleton area singer-songwriter Michael Dutz makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of thoughtful and lyrically acute original music performed in a solo setting.
Feb. 23 E.J. Oullette & Crazy Maggy. Violinist, singer and
songwriter E.J. Oullette and his band serve up energetic music than runs from
rock to Celtic. Adding a further bit of sonic interest to the group the
presence of a sax, in addition to the violin. (Encore from 2008)|