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February 2016

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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 February is a live Homegrown Music concert on the 8th with The Empty Pockets and Jefferson Thomas. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info andhttp://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Feb. 2 Jon Fuller A talented pianist/singer-songwriter with classical training, Jon Fuller released his debut album full-length CD Skipping Away from Dissonance in 2013, when it was selected for one of the Mixed Bag weekly album reviews. It spotlighted his creative, sophisticated and appealing original music. This is an encore of his 2013 Homegrown Music debut in a session that includes some new songs performed in a solo piano/vocal setting.
Empire in Decline
Jon Fuller at WVIA 2013
Feb. 8 A Live Homegrown Music concert with THE EMPTY POCKETS and JEFFERSON THOMAS. WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour radio concert-broadcasts continues with a creative, melodic rock band and a veteran rock-oriented singer-songwriter.

The Empty Pockets formed in 2007 with the members originally appearing in a stage production of “The Buddy Holly Story.” They soon began creating their own melodic, often soulful original music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then they have been attracting attention nationally with the Nickelodeon channel licensing several of their songs for TV series. The group put in two first-rate studio appearances on Homegrown Music during 2015, and they make their debut live Homegrown Music concert for this show.

The Empty Pockets
The Empty Pockets in the studio at WVIA
Singer-songwriter Jefferson Thomas has been on the scene since the 1990s, with his albums featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag since then. After living in Atlanta for a while, he returned to his native Northeast, and has been maintaining a steady touring schedule. He makes his Homegrown Music concert debut in an acoustic setting performing his often energetic original music.
Jefferson Thomas
Jefferson Thomas at a WVIA recording session
As usual, WVIA’s members and listeners are invited to attend the live two-hour concert broadcast originating from WVIA’s Sordoni Theater. Free audience reservations are available on a first-come first-served basis at wvia.org or phoning 570-655-2808. Note Start time: 8:00 PM.

Jan 19 Megan Jean and the KFB. Megan Jean and her husband Byrne Klay have taken to describing their duo as “a metal band, if it was 1927.” With Byrne’s amplified banjo and Megan Jean’s strong vocals and variety of percussion, the group creates original music that defies ready categorization, but is steeped in Americana roots. The KFB (Klay Family Band) make their Homegrown Music debut on this week’s show.
Joe Wilkinson
Byrne and Megan Jean Klay at WVIA
Feb 23 The Strand. From the archive comes this 22-year-old session by a first-rate, musically sophisticated art-rock influenced band from Northeastern PA. They released one EP and soon went their separate ways, but fans still remember their music. This encore features their 1993 Homegrown Music session.

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