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September 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. September special features include a live concert on the 23rd, a Homegrown Jazz special on the 17th, and an archive feature on the 30th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

Sept. 2 The Fat Handsome. This talented young rock quartet from the Lancaster area lives up to half its name: they're handsome, but not fat. And that's probably a good description of their attractive, lean, melodic pop that draws on influences ranging from the 1960s British Invasion to alternative rock. After releasing an impressive CD earlier this year, they make their Homegrown Music debut with a set of eight new songs.

Sept. 9 Kaydi Johnson. Listeners to WVIA's Mixed Bag have heard Kaydi Johnson's CD No goDs Allowed, with her often witty songs, such as "Ode to Toes." The CD has been praised by critics on a national level. The New York State singer-songwriter makes her Homegrown Music debut with a collection of acoustic performances of her latest songs.

Kaydi Johnson
Kaydi Johnson recording for Homegrown Music

Homegrown Music Requests Sept. 16 Homegrown Music Requests. Every few months Homegrown Music producer George Graham sets aside a program for listeners to request their favorites from the over 500 groups and artists who had appeared on the series in more than 25 years. To place requests for this 90 minute segment, phone 570-655-2808, preferably a day in advance. Note: Start time: 8:30 PM.

Sept. 17 A Homegrown Jazz Special with the GENE SIEGEL QUARTET. Guitarist and composer Gene Segal has appeared before with saxophonist Adam Niewood and as a member of the jazz group SBW ("Sons, Brothers & Wrestlers"). Here he heads his own group including SBW bassist Miles Brown, plus vibist Chris Conner and drummer Quinn Blandford, performing a nice collection of original jazz compositions. Note: Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That Jazz.

Sept. 23 A Homegrown Music Concert with KENNY YOUNG & THE EGGPLANTS and THE BRILLIANT MISTAKES. WVIA-FM's unique series of monthly concert-broadcasts continues with a comedy rock group, and a respected melodic rock revival band.

For the better part of a decade, Kenny Young and his group has been releasing some of the most downright funny songs full of puns, wordplay and wacky scenarios, covering such topics as superhero frogs, badminton-playing badgers, and a lost continent ruled by vegetables. His CDs have attracted a national cult following, and now he and his acoustic rock trio will coming to perform his hilarious songs live on Homegrown Music.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants
Kenny Young and the Eggplants at WVIA
The Brilliant Mistakes combine Beatles-influenced British-invasion influence with more contemporary sounds to create and irresistible blend. Add some astute, clever lyrics, and you have a band that has rightly been collecting critical raves for their new CD Dumb Luck, and winning fans around the country. They make their Homegrown Music debut.

WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the two-hour concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center studios. Free audience seating reservations are available by phoning 570-655-2808. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.

Sept. 30 A Homegrown Music Archive presentation: FROM GOOD HOMES. As part of WVIA-FM's 30th Anniversary year, Homegrown Music has been presenting occasional segments that draw on the series' nearly three-decade archive. New-Jersey-based From Good Homes achieved considerable national popularity with major-label releases during the 1990s. Some of the folk-rock group's first appearances were on Homegrown Music in the late 1980s. This Archive feature presents music from those sessions, including early versions of songs which would later become classics for the group's many fans.

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