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May 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 May include a number of memorable archive segments that have not been heard in some time, plus a live Homegrown Music Jazz concert on the 15th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info

May 2 Martin Henry. This Homegrown Music "deep archive" special presents a talented composer, keyboard player and vocalist who was a long-time resident of Scranton. Now based in Syracuse, NY, Martin Henry Gall put in several Homegrown Music sessions during the late 1970s and early 1980s, featuring appealing, jazz-influenced original music. This Homegrown Encore special shows how well the music has stood up to the test of time.

May 9 Earth to Bob. This fine Central Pennsylvania band released an acclaimed CD in the mid 1990s, and then broke up not long afterward. This 1996 session features the band in top form, with their intelligent lyrics, appealing melodic tunes, and first-rate vocals.

May 15 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with STEVE RUDOLPH AND FRIENDS. WVIA's monthly series of concert-broadcasts continues with a great evening of jazz with numerous guest performers.

Jazz pianist Steve Rudolph is one of Pennsylvania's musical treasures. A long time force in the Harrisburg area, he is a founder of the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, which annually holds a world-class jazz festival. Rudolph is also a remarkably versatile pianist who has worked with a many top jazz musicians over the years. For this special Homegrown Music Concert, Steve Rudolph will be holding court at the WVIA Steinway and be joined by quite a few guest jazz artists, including vocal sensation J.D. Walter, harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens, drummers Marko Marcinko and Bill Goodwin, and several others. As is usually the case in the jazz world, when diverse musicians get together, some exciting and memorable music can result. This promises to be one of those concerts.

As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience for this two-hour performance at the station's Public Broadcasting Center studios. Admission is by free advance reservation, which may be made by phoning 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM)

May 16 John Doan. Virtuoso folk-style guitarist and singer-songwriter John Doan was a resident of the Hazleton area at the time of this 1997 session. This fine performance highlights his outstanding guitar work, and some appealing original songs.

May 23 The Jim Gilmour Band. Singer-songwriter Jim Gilmour's acclaimed CD Quarterline was featured on the Mixed Bag weekly album review series in 2004. Now Gilmour and his trio visit Homegrown Music to perform some fine new songs, not yet released on CD.

Jim Gilmour Band
Jim Gilmour (left) and his band at WVIA
Segal, Broad, Hauch and Blanford
Left to right: Frank Hauch, Quinn Blanford, Jack Broad, Gene Segal at WVIA recording for Homegrown Music

May 24 A Homegrown Jazz Special with SEGAL, BROAD, HAUCH & BLANFORD. Guitarist Gene Segal has been a guest on Homegrown Music several times, including with his own groups, and part of SBW. This time, he returns in the context of an interesting two-guitar quartet. He is joined by guitarist Jack Broad, bassist Frank Hauch and drummer Quinn Blanford. They perform a collection of original pieces. (Note: Start time 7:00 PM during WVIA's All That Jazz)

May 30 Fourth House. This short-lived but outstanding vocal jazz-rock fusion group was notable for their creative, very sophisticated original compositions and the superb vocals of Megan Johnson (currently leading her own more folk-oriented Meg Johnson band). After hearing this 1998 session, documenting their best material, you'll probably also regret that this world-class band did not last longer.

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