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January 2018

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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 Teddy Young and the Aces on the 15th. Due to the scheduled state of the union address, Homegrown Music will be preempted on January 29. The originally scheduled segment will be heard on February 6. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Jan. 2 Bent Blue. From the archive comes this 2002 session by an outstanding art-rock band featuring musicians familiar to Homegrown Music listeners, jazz drummer Marko Marcinko, guitarist Patrick Flynn and bassist Mark Kiesinger (Mere Mortals), with vocalist John P. Smith. Their sophisticated original music nicely stands the test of time.
Bent Blue
Bent Blue in the old warehouse studio at WVIA in 2002
Jan. 9 Goose. An up-and-coming jam band from Connecticut. Goose released their debut full-length album Moon Cabin in 2016. The group scales back to an acoustic duo, with principal songwriter Rick Mitarotonda and bassist Trevor Weeks for this encore of their 2016 series debut.
Goose in the studio for Homegrown Music

Jan. 15 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with TEDDY YOUNG AND THE ACES and DON SHAPPELLE. WVIA’s unique monthly two-hour live concert series enters the New Year with the return of a popular regional figure on the blues scene.
Pittston, PA, native Teddy Young has been appearing on the Homegrown Music series since his teens, and over the years has developed a loyal fan base both regionally and also through his more widespread touring on the blues circuit. In 2017 he released his latest album Movin’ On. For this concert, he will be joined in the power trio by his long-time associate, Rob “Frog” Fenstermaker on bass.
Teddy Young
Teddy Young
Don Shappelle was one of the first artists to appear on Homegrown Music back in the 1970s. He has been a constant presence on the folk scene over the years, including collaborating with the late Pete Seeger in his Hudson River projects. Shappelle is known for his songs about the Susquehanna River. He returns to Homegrown Music for his first appearance on the show in six years. He will be joined in an acoustic performances by Don Sennett on bass and Barry Dervinis on accordion.
Don Shappelle
Don Shappelle
As usual WVIA’s members and listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience in Sordoni Theater at the station’s Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Reservations are free on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve seats here: http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/ Note: start time 8:00 PM.

Jan. 16 Emily Hurd. A prolific songwriter, Midwest-based Emily Hurd has released fifteen albums over the years and toured extensively. Her style runs from bluegrass to jazz ballads. In 2012, she was in Northeastern PA, and put in a memorable appearance with a collection of original songs performed solo on piano, guitar and banjo. This encore features that performance.
Emily Hurd
Emily Hurd at the Steinway at WVIA
Jan. 23 Alyssa Lazar. Young Clarks Summit native singer-songwriter has already been attracting media attention in the region. Now attending college in Nashville, near Music Row, she makes her Homegrown Music debut with a set of original music performed in a solo setting at the piano and guitar.
Alyssa Lazar
Alyssa Lazar in the studio for Homegrown Music
Feb. 6 Doerfel Family Bluegrass. Originally from Upstate New York, the Doerfel Family toured and played together and were popular on the bluegrass festival circuit. At the time of this session ten years ago, members ranged from age 12 to 19. Since then, five of the siblings have gone electric as Fuel on Fire. We spotlight the band’s first-rate bluegrass with both original and traditional music. Encore from 2008.
Doerfel Family
The Doerfel Family at WVIA in 2008

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