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February 2022

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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. 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/

Feb. 1 Jason Olcese. Singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Jason Olcese, now performing as JAOH, is originally from rural Clifford, PA. The son of two music teachers, he has been playing since age 5, and originally was a drummer in rock bands. But as a singer-songwriter he developed an appealing personable style, incorporating various instruments from guitar to trumpet, and as a “beat-boxer,” and he also performs with looping devices, as well as serving as the lead vocalist for the popular State College, PA band My Hero Zero. This Homegrown Music segment is an anthology from his four sessions for the series between 2007 and 2015.
Jason Olcese
Jason Olcese at WVIA in 2015.
Feb 8 The Jolly Tars. The Lehigh Valley duo of Ken Purcell and Jake Laubach perform an engaging set of traditional music, including sea shanties and Celtic folk songs in this session from 2014.
Jolly Tars
The Jolly Tars at WVIA in 2014.
Feb. 15 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore with RAILROAD EARTH. One of the major bands on the national jam band scene, Railroad Earth is known for their bluegrass influence and astute lyrics. This 2002 live Homegrown Music concert featured songs that would become standards in their repertoire. The performance features the late Andy Goessling on multiple instruments.
Rairoad Earth
Railroad Earth
Feb. 22 Heather Kropf. A talented singer-songwriter-pianist, Heather Kropf also has had a career as a public radio host in the Pittsburgh area. This edition of Homegrown Music features excerpts from her two sessions for the series in 2015 and 2019.
Heather Kropf
Heather Kropf at WVIA in 2019

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