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April 2006

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 new performances most Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. Special features during April include a Homegrown Jazz special on the 5th, and a live concert on the 10th, and a request segment on the 11th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info

Apr. 4 A Homegrown Anthology: HUMOROUS AND NOVELTY SONGS. A few days after April Fool's Day, Homegrown Music presents a collection of funny, quirky, and good-naturedly weird music taken from the archive.

Apr. 5 A Homegrown Jazz Special: THE BILL GOODWIN QUARTET, part 2. Grammy Award winning drummer and producer Goodwin, known for his more than 30 years with the Phil Woods Group, has assembled a fine young group as a side-project, including saxophonist Adam Niewood, pianist Frank LoCrasto and bassist Matt Brewer. The group chose Homegrown Music to make their recorded debut, and the result was a prolific session. The first part was presented last week on the series, and part two is heard this time. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That Jazz.)

Apr. 10 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with LOUIE SETZER AND THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN BOYS and BRAZZ TREE. WVIA's unique series of monthly live concert broadcasts continues with some traditional bluegrass, and a very distinctive duo featuring violin and guitar.

Louie Setzer is veteran bluegrass artist who, over a long career, has been winning audiences with his classic style, including both bluegrass standards and original music. His group includes both hot young members and long-time seasoned "pickers." They make their Homegrown Music debut in what promises to be a great performance of traditional bluegrass.

Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys
Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys
Brazz Tree
Brazz Tree: Brad Hammonds and Mazz Swift
Brazz Tree is the duo of violinist Mazz Swift and guitarist Brad Hammonds. Ms. Swift is a Julliard-trained violinist who also worked as a New York subway performer, where she attracted considerable attention. Her influences run from heavy-metal through Celtic. Brad Hammonds performs in a distinctive percussive acoustic guitar style influenced by people like Michael Hedges. He also counts Ani DiFanco as an inspiration. Together they create fascinating, remarkably wide-ranging music original music, and some occasional remarkable reworkings of older songs.

As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the two-hour concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center studios. Admission is free with advance reservations. Phone 570-655-2808 to request seating. (Note Start time: 8:00 PM).

Homegrown Music Requests Apr. 11 A Homegrown Music Request Special. A few times a year, Homegrown Music producer George Graham sets aside a program for listeners to request their favorites from the series, which has presented over 600 artists and groups over 30 years. To place requests for this 90-minute segment, phone 570-655-2808, preferably at least a day in advance. (Note: Start time 8:30 PM)

Walter Prezelski
Walter Prezelski in the Studio recording for Homegrown Music.
Apr. 18 Walter Prezelski. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Walter Prezelski, from Uniondale, PA, returns to the series with a new collection of his always-distinctive songs, marked by often-unconventional lyrics, and his deep bass voice.

Apr. 25 Ric Delnero and Chromatica. This trio from the Bloomsburg, PA area, describes their music as "electric jazz." They return to Homegrown Music with a new collection of their original instrumental music, featuring creative compositions and fine guitar work.

Chromatica: Dave Sabo, Dave Eisenhower, Ric Delnero

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