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January 2016

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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 with Alexis P. Suter and Ed Randazzo on the 11th. Homegrown Music will be preempted on January 12 for a live broadcast of the State of the Union Address. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info andhttp://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Empire in Decline. A melodic pop trio from Northeast PA, Empire in Decline recently released their debut album The Rhythm of Regret. Formed by three of the members of the popular band Plus 3, Empire in Decline carries on the band’s appealing original rock style. This is an encore of the group’s 2014 Homegrown Music debut studio session.
Empire in Decline
Empire in Decline: Rick Carr, Ron Scavone and Mike Evans at WVIA 2014
Jan. 11 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with ALEXIS P. SUTER and ED RANDAZZO. WVIA’s first Homegrown Music live concert-broadcast of the New Year features an evening of bluesy music from two groups.
Alexis P. Suter has quickly become a sensation in the blues world wither powerful vocals which she herself describes as bass/baritone. Early in her career, she so impressed B.B. King that he invited her to open for him. She had also shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Dickie Betts, Etta James and many other blues luminaries. She has released six albums so far. For her Homegrown Music concert debut, she will be appearing with her new group The Ministers of Sound.
Alexis P. Suter
Alexis P. Suter
Northeastern PA singer-songwriter Ed Randazzo, is also known for his wide-ranging bluesy sound. He recently released a new album called If You Don’t Bring Me Joy (Be On Your Way). A winner of regional music awards, and a veteran of WVIA’s webcast In the Office, he will be making his Homegrown Music debut, joined by veteran multi-instrumentalist Bret Alexander of the Badlees.
Ed Randazzo
Ed Randazzo
As usual, the two hour concert will be broadcast live exclusively on WVIA-FM before a studio audience. Audience seating reservations are booked up at this point, but those interested in attending may call 570-655-2808 to determine if any seating has opened up.

Jan 19 Joe Wilkinson with the Cosmic American Derelicts. New Jersey-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Wilkinson is a veteran of several Homegrown Music appearances in the late 1990s, with his own band, The Bleeding Hearts and with Neal Casal’s band. He has been living in the Los Angeles area for some years now, but returned for a reunion with some of his long-time band-mates now with the Cosmic American Derelicts. It’s a great session of high-quality roots original roots-rock.
Joe Wilkinson
Joe Wilkinson (left) with the Cosmic American Derelicts at WVIA
Jan. 26 Heather Kropf. Western PA singer-songwriter Heather Kropf has won praise for her latest album Chameleon, which combines a jazzy sensibility with her folk-styled songs. She makes her Homegrown Music debut with a new collection of original songs in a solo performance on piano and keyboard.
Heather Kropf
Heather Kropf at the Steinway at WVIA

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