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April 2012

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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 and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. A special feature during April is a live bluegrass concert broadcast on the 16th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/wvia-fm-programs/homegrown-music

Apr. 3 My Glorious Mess. This New York-based pop-rock group has strong ties to Northeastern PA, with a couple of former residents of the region. They released a well-received EP nationally late last year with music marked by strong melodies and vocal harmonies. They make their Homegrown Music debut with a collection of new songs, most not yet released.

My Glorious Mess
My Glorious Mess: l to r: Paul Vasquez, Joseph Blaise, Ambyr D'Amato, Chris Benelli

Apr. 10 Rhino Campground. From the Homegrown Music Archive comes this 2002 session with a first rate jazz-funk band from the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley. They do original danceable original material marked by tight musicianship and appealing vocals. (Encore)

Apr. 16 A Homegrown Music Concert Broadcast with LOUIE SETZER & THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS and HILLBILLY WATER. WVIA's unique series of monthly live concerts continues with an evening of bluegrass, featuring two outstanding regional groups, performing before a studio audience in WVIA's Sordoni Theater, hosted by Homegrown Music producer George Graham.

Louie Sezter
Louie Sezter and the AMB
Louie Setzer is a long-time veteran bluegrass guitarist/vocalist based in the Poconos, who has played on the national festival circuit for years. The group plays an energetic brand of bluegrass, with market by Setzer's classic "high lonesome tenor" vocals. They will be performing a combination of traditional bluegrass classics and original material.

New Jersey-based Hillbilly Water is no stranger to regional bluegrass events. Though only a three-piece group, they have a big, sound, marked by impressive instrumental work. They specialize in original music.

Hillbilly Water
Hillbilly Water
As usual, WVIA's supporting members and listeners are invited to attend the two-hour concert in the Sordoni Theater. Free reservations may be made at the WVIA website or by phone at 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM)

Emily Hurd
Emily Hurd at the WVIA Steinway

Apr. 17 Emily Hurd. An outstanding national-level singer-songwriter-pianist, Ms. Hurd has recently released a CD called Long Lost Ghosts which has been getting good reviews. She makes her Homegrown Music debut with a brand new collection of songs, not yet available on record, performed in a solo setting on piano and banjo.

Apr. 24 Dick Fawcett Band. This Homegrown Music Archive feature spotlights a short-lived but popular Scranton-area group headed by Leroy Pelicci, who went on to record for RCA records. The group was known for their jazzy original material by Pelicci and their jam-band style performances with some first-rate regional musicians, including saxophonist Nick Driscoll and guitarist Neil Nicastro. This encore consists of highlights from a live Homegrown Music concert given in September 1998, a few days after which Pelicci abruptly adjourned the band. This memorable performance marked the band at its height. (Encore)

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