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November 2007

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 November include a live concert from on the 12th and a Homegrown Jazz special on the 21st. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/homegrown.html

Nov. 6 Hannah Bingman. North Central Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Hannah Bingman is has been gaining attention on the national folk scene, attracting audiences with her engaging songs and charming stage presence. This encore features her Homegrown Music debut from 2005, accompanied by drummer/percussionist Keenan Barbour-March.

Hannah Bingman
Hannah Bingman with Keenan Barbour-March at WVIA

Nov. 12 A Homegrown Music Concert with B.D. LENZ and JAMIE LEONHART. WVIA-FM's unique series of monthly live two-hour concert-broadcasts continues with another event from the brand-new WVIA studio theater. This time it's an evening of music on the peripheries of jazz.

B.D. Lenz
B. D. Lenz
B.D. Lenz is an outstanding jazz-rock fusion guitarist whose current CD Straight Up has been receiving critical praise and airplay nationally. His original music combines an appealing sound with outstanding musicianship and a jazz sensibility. He returns to Homegrown Music for another concert after a four-year absence.

Singer-songwriter Jamie Leonhart is a "chanteuse" in the classic sense, with jazzy, romantic, but often thoughtful original songs that sound as if they came from the pens of classic Tin Pan Alley songwriters, sung in her wonderfully warm and memorable vocal style. She made her Homegrown Music debut earlier in the year in a recording session appearance. Now she makes her first Homegrown Music concert appearance to mark the occasion of the national release of her new CD The Truth About Suffering. She will be joined by her husband Michael Leonhart, who is a regular member of Steely Dan.

Jamie Leonhart
Jamie Leonhart
As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the concert WVIA's Public Media Center. Free audience seating reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis by phoning 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM).

Nov. 13 Freight Train. One of the region's most memorable "jam bands" the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre-based Freight Train existed in 1990s, and put in a number of Homegrown Music appearances before the group separated after professional careers caused some of the band members to relocate elsewhere. This encore features highlights from some of the Freight Train's Homegrown Music recording sessions.

Nov. 20 Kenny Luck Band. Composer, guitarist and singer Kenny Luck last appeared on Homegrown Music in 2002 as a youthful rocker. Since then, he has attented the Berkelle College of Music and has been working in different musical contexts. He returns to Homegrown Music with a new collection of original music backed by a talented band from the Wyoming Valley.

Nov. 21 A Homegrown Jazz Special with The WAYNE SMITH QUARTET. Clarks Summit area pianist Wayne Smith appeared on Homegrown Music last year in a solo performance. This time, he returns to the series with an all-star quartet with Vic Juris on guitar, Tony Marino on bass (both of the David Liebman Group) and Tom Sayek on drums for a mix of original compositions and jazz standards. (Note: Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That Jazz.)

Invert recording in the WVIA studio theater
Nov. 27 Invert. Homegrown Music presents its first performance by a string quartet, and as can be expected from the series, they perform creative original music with lots of opportunities for improvisation. Invert derives its name from the its "inverted" instrumentation with two cellos, a viola and a single violin. The group recently released a CD called The Strange Parade which has been getting national attention. With the members having backgrounds in jazz and rock, as well as classical music, Invert adds an entirely new twist to string quartet music.

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