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February 2003

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. Homegrown Music (HGM), presents all-new performances each Tuesday at 9:00 PM. February's special feature is a live Homegrown Music Concert-broadcast with the Badlees and Bob Malone on the 18th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

Feb. 4 Funky Niblets. This Northeastern Pennsylvania quintet lives up to its name with a set of original, mostly-instrumental music that includes funk, rock, jam-band and a little jazz influence. The group has already achieved considerable popularity in the region, and WVIA listeners can hear why on Funky Niblets' Homegrown Music debut.

Funky Niblets
Funky Niblets at WVIA

Feb. 11 Joe Rathbone. Western New Jersey bred Joe Rathbone (with family in Northeast Pennsylvania) has been receiving national attention for his sophomore CD release Welcome to Your New Life, which combines a melodic "retro-pop" sound with solid songwriting and tight musicianship. In recent months, he has been touring from coast to coast. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a solo acoustic performance of first-rate original material.

Feb. 18 A Homegrown Music Concert with THE BADLEES and BOB MALONE. WVIA's monthly series of exciting live two-hour radio concert-broadcasts continues with the return of a regional music legend, and a witty pianist-singer-songwriter.

The Badlees
The Badlees Performing at WVIA in 1998
Perennial Pennsylvania favorites, and national touring band the Badlees have been appearing on Homegrown Music since 1989. After a hiatus during which the individual members had opportunities for solo and side projects (heard in Homegrown Music performances), last year the Badlees regrouped for a well-named and well-received CD Renew. The band returns to Homegrown Music for what promises to be a memorable performance of their new material, as well as some old favorites.

Bob Malone could be described as a cross between Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Jerry Lee Lewis. A remarkably clever and perceptive songwriter, Malone croons his wry songs in a gruff voice while he plays some impressive piano, incorporating rock, blues, boogie-woogie and ragtime in his energetic keyboard work. An endearing performer who has won audiences across the country, Malone made his Homegrown Music debut last year in a studio recording. This month, he performs live before the radio and studio audience.

Bob Malone
Bob Malone at WVIA
As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the live concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Free audience seating in available on a first-come-first-served basis by calling 570-655-2808. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.

Feb. 25 Goodbye Girl Friday. This jazzy keyboard-based trio is three-fourths of the band Edison with the Weather, who put in a memorable live Homegrown Music concert almost five years ago. With the compositions of keyboard man and lead vocalist Dave Sherman, Goodbye Girl Friday features outstanding, sophisticated original music that has been compared to Steely Dan, performed on some wonderfully retro-sounding vintage keyboards. Their CD Mr. and Mrs. was featured last year on the Mixed Bag Weekly Album Review. The group makes their Homegrown Music debut as a trio, with a great collection of new, non-album original music.

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