The Homegrown Music Sampler CD!
For the first time in over 20 years of that Homegrown Music has been on Public Radio, a compilation CD of recordings from the series is now available. Released in March 1997, the Homegrown Music Sampler is as eclectic as program. The 73-minute CD features eighteen memorable peformances by some of the most outstanding artists from the archive, ranging from the well-known to the still-obscure, produced and compiled by the series' creator and producer George Graham.
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1. The Badlees: This Old Man (trad. arr.
The Badlees) 3:02
From the Selinsgrove, PA, area, The Badlees got their start around 1989 as Bad
Lee White, and soon thereafter began appearing on Homegrown Music. Since then
they have become one of the region's most popular bands, and in 1996 were
signed to Polygram Records, which released their self-produced CD River Songs.
They tirelessly tour from coast-to-coast and have appeared in China. Their song
"Angeline Is Coming Home" reached the Billboard top singles chart. Over the
years, HGM listeners have been treated to new Badlees material before they have
released it on record. In concert the group often did a great bluesy,
electrified version of this children's song, which has never previously been
Bret Alexander: guitar
Jeff Feltenberger: guitar
Pete Palladino: vocal
Ron Simasek: drums
Paul Smith: bass
Recorded 8/24/92 *
2. Pousette-Dart Band: Close Encounter (Pousette-Dart/Anderson) 2:45
The Pousette-Dart Band were part of some of the biggest stadium rock concerts of the 1970s. They released four albums for Capitol during that decade, yielding several hits, including "Amnesia," but the band broke up when their brand of melodic, bluesy and folk-influenced pop fell off the charts during the punk-rock fad. Lewisburg, PA-bred Jon Pousette-Dart later moved to New York and became the voice of many commercial jingles. The group, with three of the original members, reunited during the 1990s, wrote new material and hoped to re-launch their recording career. They have been performing on and off since then, including two live Homegrown Music concerts. This never-released song, co-written by Jon Pousette-Dart and Al Anderson of NRBQ is a great rocker taken from their 1993 live performance for HGM.
Jon Pousette-Dart: vocal, guitar
John Curtis: guitar
John Troy: bass
Eric Parker: drums
Recorded live 11/16/93. Engineer: Debbie Makara.
3. George Wesley Band: Why Do We Give It Up (Wesley) 4:58
George Wesley has been performing on Homegrown Music since 1976, when he was a
member of the Dead Branch Band. He has become one of the region's most
versatile and respected musicians, with reggae his musical trademark in recent
years, performed with his Irietations bands, which have released several albums
(including "Celebration of Creation" produced by George Graham). This song
reflects the more thoughtful, introspective side of Wesley's lyric-writing.
George Wesley: guitar, vocal
James Wesley: drums
Mike "Ferp" Edmunds: bass
Giles Davis: keyboards
Recorded: 3/13/96 *
Tim Carbone: guitar, co-lead vocal
4. Blue Sparks: Real Man's Car
Another of the region's most popular bands, Blue Sparks were ubiquitous during
15 years together, which "officially" ended with the 1980s. Their theatrics and
good-time music was legendary. The Homegrown Music version of this great song,
a lament for the days of gas-guzzlers, won a national "unsigned band"
competition and appeared on an Epic Records compilation album in 1986. Blue
Sparks has in recent years been reuniting for special occasions.
C.T. Tucker: co-lead vocal
Buck Dilley: slide guitar, keyboards
Andy Goessling: saxophones
Terry Wetmore: drums, backing vocals
Rob Fenstermaker: bass
Recorded: 5/22/85, 6/6/85 * Digital mix: 11/16/96
5. Lorne Clarke: Every Time (Clarke) 3:45
Lorne Clarke grew up in the far north of Canada where the radio and music were
his best friends. He performed on the Toronto folk scene sharing venues with a
young Jane Siberry. With a fascinating career that includes stints as a
policeman, and a winning appearance on the "Gong Show" on TV, Clarke now farms
in the Tunkhannock, PA area. A remarkable songwriter with a powerful voice,
Clarke melds influences from both countries in his thoughtful, appealing songs.
This session features help from George Wesley, with whom Homegrown Music
brought Clarke together for what has become a lasting collaboration.
Lorne Clarke: guitar, vocal
George Wesley: guitar
Bob Williams: guitar
Paul Rowlands: acoustic bass
Bo Jamison, Yvonne Rowlands: backing vocals
6. Electric Farm: It Ain't True (Mutis) 3:38
Formed by Lehigh Valley guitarist and songwriter Joey Mutis III, Electric Farm
reflects Mutis' eclecticism, with influences ranging from folk to jazz to
reggae, sometimes with whimsical lyrics. In 1991, the group got to record with
members of R.E.M.
Joey Mutis III: guitar, vocal
Nick Franclik: bass
Phil Ferlino: acoustic piano
Kevin Soffera: drums, percussion
7. The Shanachians: The Blacksmith (traditional) 4:24
A fine Celtic and British-Isles folk influenced group from the Lehigh Valley,
the Shanachians' several appearances on HGM are always welcome by listeners.
They have also released at least two cassette albums. This old English song
features vocalist Kathleen McGhee (who has since departed the group), in an
Ken Purcell: keyboards
Dave "Mitch" Miller: bodhr n
Rich Dodson: mandolin
Dave Cotrell: guitar
Kathleen McGhee: vocals
8. Pavlov's Dawgs: Psycho-Killer (Byrne/Talking Heads) 2:54
You want eclectic? How about a bluegrass version of the Talking Heads New wave
anthem. This now-dissolved quartet from the Bethlehem area became one of the
region's finest and most wonderfully wide-ranging acoustic groups, doing
everything from Bill Monroe to Rolling Stones to Duke Ellington, plus some
first-rate originals. Their version of this song has become legendary.
Michael Beaky: banjo, lead vocal
Rich Bernardin: mandolin
Jesse Grim: guitar
Kris Kehr: bass
9. Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission: Blue Shadows (Lloyd Glenn)
One of the Keystone State's best bluesmen, Mike Dugan has been a ubiquitous
fixture in both the Lehigh and Wyoming Valley areas for many years. He has
released several CDs and cassette albums, including the acclaimed "Blues from
the Rust Belt." This great treatment of a classic slow blues made famous by
Lowell Fulson shows Dugan and his band in elegant form.
Mike Dugan: guitar, vocal
Jimmy Supra: harmonica
Ron Howden: drums
"Steady" Jim Miades: bass
Recorded 6/22/92 * Digital mix 11/14/96
10. Jack Hardy: Night Train to Paris (Hardy) 4:28
A true legend, Jack Hardy is one of the few Homegrown Music veterans to be the
subject of a tribute album (featuring the Roches). John Gorka's "Jack's Crows"
was also dedicated to this remarkable writer and wry performer. A founder of
Fast Folk Musical Magazine, and a veteran of the heady Greenwich Village folk
scene in the 1960s, where he was a cohort of Bob Dylan, Hardy has been living
in nearby Callicoon, NY for more than a decade. An extra bonus of this
recording is the presence of Todd Scheaffer, who would go on to found From Good
Homes, whose RCA-released album became a national critics' favorite.
Jack Hardy: guitar, vocals
Todd Scheaffer: lead guitar, backing vocals
Tom Duvall: bass, backing vocals
Recorded 7/14/86 * Digital mix 11/20/96
11. Mere Mortals: Second Wind (Appnel/Flynn) 3:31
This fine Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area band released two fine albums over its
on-again-off-again existence. Marked by first-rate writing and especially
tasteful musicianship, Mere Mortals appeared on HGM in both studio recordings
and in a live concert. This mellow song is one not included in either of their
Ed Appnel: vocals, acoustic guitar
Pat Flynn: electric guitar
Mark Keisinger: bass
Bill Lieback: drums
Recorded 11/21/94, 12/14/94
12. Kate Jordan & CJ: Say You Love Me (Jordan) 3:14
From Stroudsburg, PA, Kate & CJ are an appealing acoustic folk duo who both
compose and have a wonderful sense of vocal harmonies. Kate Jordan has been
appearing on Homegrown Music since 1980.
Kate Jordan: guitar (left), lead vocal
Carol "CJ" McKenna: guitar (right), harmony vocals
Recorded 6/23/94. Remixed 11/20/96
13. Freight Train: Reach for the Sky (Freight Train) 5:23
From Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Freight Train are among the most requested
bands on Homegrown Music. With their relaxed, folky-jazzy sound, and their
ability to improvise and "jam" with outstanding musicianship, the group has
developed a large, well-deserved following.
Charles Havira: acoustic guitar, vocals
Kevin Murphy: electric guitar
Justin Gibbon: drums
Anthony Sabol: bass
14. Zen for Primates: My Condition (Krisukas) 2:00
Another example of eclecticism nonpareil. With instrumentation limited to
violin, soprano sax and guitar, this Allentown quartet has one of the most
distinctive sounds around, aided by T. Roth's theatrically-steeped vocals. The
group released a CD a few years ago, broke up and then re-formed in 1996. This
previously unreleased song features the group at its appealingly eccentric
Mike Krisukas: guitar
Mark Golin: violin
Dave Smith: soprano sax
T. Roth: vocals
15. Tom Flannery: Seems Like the Place to Be (Flannery) 4:05
From Peckville, PA, Flannery has been one of Homegrown Music's most frequent
guests in recent years. An extremely prolific songwriter, his lyrics run from
the thoughtful to the whimsical. This composition is from a work-in-progress
called "The Anthracite Shuffle," a musical and theatrical opus dealing with the
region's mining heritage. Guests on this recording include artists brought
together by HGM producer George Graham for a "Gathering of Singer-Songwriters,"
who have since become friends and musical collaborators.
Tom Flannery: guitar, vocals
George Wesley: guitar
Kate Jordan: guitar
Carol "CJ" McKenna: percussion
Bo Jamison: backing vocals
Recorded 8/7/95 Recording assistance: Julie Knaus
16. The Reese Brothers Project: Planxty Abigail Judge (trad.)
The premise behind this group is fascinating combination of traditional Irish
music in a jazzy style with classical instrumentation. With extensive
experience in all three genres, along with virtuoso musicianship, this fine
Harrisburg, PA-area family trio was signed for a national album deal on the
basis of their Homegrown Music recordings.
Tom Reese: flute
Kirk Reese: piano
Lauri Haines Reese: cello
Recorded 11/29/95 *
17. Phil Pilorz: Ducks (Pilorz) 4:24
Texas-born Bethlehem resident Phil Pilorz is one the region's most versatile
musicians, playing blues, jazz, folk and straight-out rock & roll with a
lot of class. This song is not really representative of Phil's work, but has
been another of the most requested on Homegrown Music. Phil, with his laconic
wit, uncovers the ultimate political conspiracy and alerts us all to it,
"before it's too late..."
Phil Pilorz: guitar, vocal
Jack Sirkin: bass, backing vocal
Recorded at a live Homegrown Music concert 12/22/82. Engineered by Debbie
18. David Cullen: Vacation Conversation (Cullen) 3:45
Reading, PA, guitarist Cullen was featured on the first Windham Hill Guitar
Sampler album. Combining classical training and a jazz sensibility, Cullen
represents the best of "new age" style guitar on this beautiful composition.
David Cullen: guitars
Recorded 2/15/88 Digital mix 11/14/96
All recordings produced, engineered and mixed by George Graham
Assistant engineer on (*) Debbie Makara
Recording assistant on () Todd Hulslander
All selections produced in the studios of WVIA-FM for the Public Radio series
Executive producer: Tom McHugh.
WVIA-FM station manager: Larry Vojtko
Thanks to the over 400 groups and artists who have appeared on Homegrown Music,
and a warm acknowledgement those not included in this first volume.
Special thanks to the contributing listener-members of WVIA-FM for their
support of the station and its presentation of original music by regional
artists for over two decades.
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