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May 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 concert broadcast on the 14th. 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

May 1 Don Slepian. Stroudsburg-area composer and electronic musician Don Slepian has had an interesting career both as a recording artist and as artist-in-residence at the legendary Bell Labs. He creates symphonic-scale electronic pieces in a recording made in real time though his some of his own technological innovations. Encore from 2010.

Don Slepian
Don Slepian at the keyboard at WVIA
Merchants of Groove
Merchants of Groove at WVIA

May 8 The Merchants of Groove. A first-rate blues band from the Scranton area who formed in the early 1990s returns to Homegrown Music after a 16-year absence with all-new material. Headed by guitarist-vocalist Paul Lyon, the group includes well-known regional artists Teddy Young on guitar, and Rob Fenstermaker of Blue Sparks on bass.

May 14 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with THE PURCELL BROTHERS and DINA HALL. WVIA's unique series of monthly two-hour live concert broadcasts from the station's Sordoni Theater continues with performers from the Lehigh Valley.

Corey and Connor Purcell are a pair of young brothers who perform traditional Celtic music. They appeared previously in a studio session with their Ken. They make their Homegrown concert debut with a variety of acoustic instruments.

Dina Hall is a singer-songwriter who last year released Logic and the Heart, which has been gaining critical praise. She is also a Public Radio host in the Lehigh Valley and a graphic designer. She makes her Homegrown Music concert debut in a solo setting.

Dina Hall
Dina Hall at WVIA
Free audience reservations may be made at 570-655-2808 or on the web at http://wvia.org.

J.P. Jones
J.P. Jones at WVIA
May 15 J.P. Jones. Veteran singer-songwriter J.P. Jones has been releasing recordings on a national basis since the late 1960s. He remain a true classic-style folksinger with songs have something to say. This encore is from 2004.

May 22 Michi Egger. A blues guitar prodigy, Michi Egger was very impressive when she performed with Ann Kerstetter's Cronies for Homegrown Music at the Bloomsburg Fair at age 16 in 2010. She assumes the role of singer-songwriter on her recently-released CD. She makes her debut performance on Homegrown Music as a leader with a first-rate band, including her father drummer Todd Egger, with her original music.

Michi Egger
Michi Eggar and Band at WVIA

May 29 Middle Earth. Another "deep archive" edition of Homegrown Music, this edition of the series features an outstanding Art Rock band recorded in 1980. It's a session that holds up well with the continuing interest in the more progressive rock genres.

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