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January 2013

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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 January is a live Homegrown Music concert broadcast in 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

Jan 1 The Annual Homegrown Music Year-End sampler. This 90-minute special features a cross-section of the wide variety of outstanding music produced and presented on Homegrown Music during 2012. It includes material from both the weekly recording session series and the live concerts. (Note: Start time: 8:30 PM)

Jan. 8 Kenny Young and the Eggplants. From the Homegrown Music archive comes this charmingly wacky group known for their hilarious but literate songs. This 2003 session includes some choice songs about a badminton-playing badger/filmmaker, mutant frogs, and a history-changing haircut, packed with plenty of groan-inducing musical puns. Kenny Young and the Eggplants continue to create funny songs to this day, releasing periodic albums that have been finding fans internationally -- or at least leaving them perplexed.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants
Kenny Young (right) and the Eggplants at WVIA

Jan 14 A Homegrown Music Concert with THE MERCHANTS OF GROOVE and HONEY KING. WVIA's unique monthly live concert-broadcast series enters the New Year (its 31st) with an evening of blues and acoustic folk-influenced music.

Merchants of Groove
The Merchants of Groove in the WVIA studio
Last year, the regional blues band The Merchants of Groove reunited after a nearly 20-year hiatus, sounding as good as ever. The band continues with their combination of blues standards and original material. Featuring leader/vocalist/guitarist Paul Lyon, and well-known regional guitarist Teddy Young, the band will be serving up some energetic and often-danceable electric blues.

New Jersey-based Honey King made their Homegrown Music debut in October with a wonderfully appealing acoustic session with featuring the memorable vocals of Julia Knitel. The trio will be performing their original music that captures the feel of classic folk songs with a their own 21st Century touch.

Honey King
Tim Lally, Julia Knitel and Dan Pavas of Honey King at WVIA
As usual WVIA's members and listeners are invited to attend the concert in the station's Sordoni Theater. Free audience seating reservations for this two-hour live concert braodcast may be made on a first-come-first-served basis at http://wvia.org, or by calling 570-655-2808. Note: start time: 8:00 PM.

Jeff Grey Band
The Jeff Grey Band recording in the Sordoni Theater at WVIA

Jan. 15 The Jeff Grey Band. A fine new rock quartet from Northeastern Pennsylvania makes their Homegrown Music debut with a tasteful collection of original music showing their eclectic influences.

Jan. 22 Abby Ahmad. New-York based, Wilkes-Barre native singer-songwriter Abby Ahmad has been developing a national following. The released her CD Curriculum in 2010 which won glowing reviews. This edition of Homegrown Music is an encore of a late-2010 session that highlighted new non-album material performed with a first-rate electric band with some creative arrangements.

Abby Ahmad
Abby Ahmad and her band at WVIA
Lora-Faye Whelan
Lora-Faye Whelan

Jan. 29 Lora-Faye Whelan. A fine singer-songwriter makes her Homegrown Music debut with a generous collection of her original songs. She is joined in this session by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Sheron.

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