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 and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. A special feature during April is a live Homegrown Music concert broadcast in the 15th, plus an anthology of early sessions on the 23rd. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/wvia-fm-programs/homegrown-music
Apr. 2 Sarah Donner. A talented singer-songwriter from New
Jersey, and self-described "cat lady," Sarah Donner last year released her CD
Fossil of a Girl. This edition of Homegrown Music is an encore of a
session Ms. Donner did in 2011 featuring some of her intelligent, appealing
songs in a solo acoustic setting on guitar and baritone ukulele. (Rescheduled
from February 12.)
Apr. 9 Tim Chaisson. This week Homegrown Music features one of
the series' occasional guest appearances from an artist from outside the usual
WVIA territory. Tim Chaisson is a outstanding and critically-praised young
singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island, Canada, who was paying a visit to
NE Pennsylvania as part of his tour. His CD The Other Side was produced
by Colin Linden, known for his work with Bruce Cockburn, and it has been
featured frequently on WVIA's Mixed Bag. Chaisson makes his Homegrown Music
debut performing some of the songs that have been establishing his reputation
on both sides of the border. He appears with his cousin Koady Chaisson.
Apr. 15 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with BELLA RUSE and TORA. WVIA's unique monthly series of two-hour radio concert broadcasts continues with a pair of acts featuring outstanding women vocalists.
Bella Ruse is the duo of Kay Gillette and Joseph Barker, who perform original
songs that often sound as if they were coming out of an old horn Victrola.
Their witty lyrics, Ms. Gillette's absolutely charming vocals, and their
distinctive instruments like a typewriter, has made their CD Kuhzoo one
that has attracted attention nationwide. After their Homegrown Music studio
session in 2011, they return for the their first live Homegrown Music concert
Tora Fisher recently released her debut CD Spilling Over that
highlights her powerful voice and adept songwriting. The daughter of Broadway
producers, she was surrounded by music and the arts from an early age, and the
path to a musical career seemed almost inevitable. Her debut CD has been
featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag, and now Tora makes her Homegrown Music concert
debut with a full band.
Apr. 16 Bob Malone. Singer-songwriter Bob Malone is known for his
clever lyrics and virtuosic piano playing. In addition to releasing several of
his own albums, he has been the keyboard player for John Fogerty's band in
recent years. Malone has been a guest several times on the Homegrown Music
concert series, but this encore presentation features him at the WVIA Steinway
in a 2007 studio session.
Apr. 23 A Homegrown Music Archive Special: Early Sessions. April 23, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the sign-on of WVIA-FM, and the presentation of regional artists has been part of the station since the beginning. This special goes deep into the archive for some memorable early sessions from the 1970s.
Apr. 30 Jesse Terry. A fine singer-songwriter who has lived in
the New York area and Nashville, Jesse Terry released his second CD Empty
Seat on a Plane in 2012, and Mixed Bag and Homegrown Music producer George
Graham selected it for the weekly album review series and gave it high praise.
Terry makes his Homegrown Music debut with a specially assembled band
performing some new material not available on the CD.