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 all-new performances each Tuesday at 9:00 PM. February's special feature is a live Homegrown Music Concert-broadcast with the Badlees and Bob Malone on the 18th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html
Feb. 4 Funky Niblets. This Northeastern Pennsylvania quintet
lives up to its name with a set of original, mostly-instrumental music that
includes funk, rock, jam-band and a little jazz influence. The group has
already achieved considerable popularity in the region, and WVIA listeners can
hear why on Funky Niblets' Homegrown Music debut.|
Feb. 11 Joe Rathbone. Western New Jersey bred Joe Rathbone (with family in Northeast Pennsylvania) has been receiving national attention for his sophomore CD release Welcome to Your New Life, which combines a melodic "retro-pop" sound with solid songwriting and tight musicianship. In recent months, he has been touring from coast to coast. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a solo acoustic performance of first-rate original material.
Feb. 18 A Homegrown Music Concert with THE BADLEES and BOB MALONE. WVIA's monthly series of exciting live two-hour radio concert-broadcasts continues with the return of a regional music legend, and a witty pianist-singer-songwriter.
Perennial Pennsylvania favorites, and national touring band the Badlees have
been appearing on Homegrown Music since 1989. After a hiatus during which the
individual members had opportunities for solo and side projects (heard in
Homegrown Music performances), last year the Badlees regrouped for a well-named
and well-received CD Renew. The band returns to Homegrown Music for what
promises to be a memorable performance of their new material, as well as some
Bob Malone could be described as a cross between Randy Newman, Tom Waits and
Jerry Lee Lewis. A remarkably clever and perceptive songwriter, Malone croons
his wry songs in a gruff voice while he plays some impressive piano,
incorporating rock, blues, boogie-woogie and ragtime in his energetic keyboard
work. An endearing performer who has won audiences across the country, Malone
made his Homegrown Music debut last year in a studio recording. This month, he
performs live before the radio and studio audience.|
Feb. 25 Goodbye Girl Friday. This jazzy keyboard-based trio is three-fourths of the band Edison with the Weather, who put in a memorable live Homegrown Music concert almost five years ago. With the compositions of keyboard man and lead vocalist Dave Sherman, Goodbye Girl Friday features outstanding, sophisticated original music that has been compared to Steely Dan, performed on some wonderfully retro-sounding vintage keyboards. Their CD Mr. and Mrs. was featured last year on the Mixed Bag Weekly Album Review. The group makes their Homegrown Music debut as a trio, with a great collection of new, non-album original music.