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January 2019

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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 and Saturdays at 6 PM on WVIA-HD2. A special feature during January is a Homegrown Music live jazz concert with 3 Divas and the Tyler Dempsey Trio on the 14th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Jan. 1 Homegrown Music 2018 Sampler. Series producer George Graham presents a cross section of music from the studio sessions and live concerts produced at WVIA during 2018. If you missed the broadcast, you can stream it here: http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/
Jan. 8 Ryan Harris Brown. A Scranton area singer-songwriter, who moved to Nashville to pursue his career, Ryan Harris Brown released a well-received album called “Stranded in the Present Tense.” He returned home for a visit in 2017 and put in a memorable solo session, which is presented in this encore.
Ryan Harris Brown
Ryan Harris Brown in the studio at WVIA

Jan. 14 A Homegrown Music Jazz Concert with 3DIVAS and THE TYLER DEMPSEY TRIO. The Homegrown Music concert series enters a new year with what promises to be a memorable evening of diverse jazz in a two-hour live broadcast from the Sordoni Theater at WVIA.
3Divas are a piano trio led by Pocono-based drummer Sherrie Maricle, founder of the award-winning Diva Orchestra, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Ms. Maricle met pianist Jackie Warren and bassist Amy Shook while touring in support of dancer Maurice Hines. The soon formed a tight musical relationship, and appeared on a Homegrown Music studio session in 2016. That recording became an acclaimed eponymous album “3Divas”. The trio returns to Homegrown Music for a live performance.
3 Divas
3Divas at WVIA in 2016
Tyler Dempsey is a talented young drummer from Scranton who has performed with numerous top jazz musicians. He recently formed an electric trio with Matt Vashlishan (of the Davis Liebman Group Expansions) playing an electronic wind instrument (EWI). They will be joined by bassist Jon Ventri for an interesting and eclectic performance.
Tyler Dempsey
Tyler Dempsey
As usual, WVIA’s member and listeners are invited to attend the two-hour live concert-broadcast. Admission is free by reservation, which may be made here: http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/ Note: start time: 8:00 PM.

Jan. 15 The Packway Handle Band. A national touring bluegrass band Packway Handle paid Homegrown Music a visit in 2015 and put in a memorable performance with first-rate musicianship and mostly original composition.
Packway Handle Band
Packway Handle Band in the studio for Homegrown Music
Jan. 22 Chet Vincent Band. From Western PA, rock singer-songwriter Chet Vincent has been the leader of The Big Bend, which released an album in 2016. Now working under his own name, Vincent released “Where the Earth Opens Wide” which has been been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. Vincent and his four-piece band make their Homegrown Music debut with a set of new original music not on the album.
Chet Vincent Band
Chet Vincent (2nd from right) in the studio at WVIA
Jan. 29 Fife and Drom. Formed by Wilkes-Barre natives and spouses Abbie Ahmad and Mark Murphy, the New York-based quartet Fife and Drom is an eclectic blues-rock group, performing first-rate original music. Their 2015 studio session is presented in this encore.
Fife and Drom
Fife and Drom at their 2015 Homegrown Music session

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