Blues singers Alexis P. Suter and Ed Randazzo perform free show for WVIA’s Homegrown Music series on Jan. 11
From a press release:
Blues singer Alexis P. Suter and singer/songwriter Ed Randazzo will perform during the next live broadcast of WVIA-FM’s Homegrown Music Concerts on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.
Seats in the theater (100 WVIA Way, Pittston) are free, but limited. Reserve your seat by calling 570-655-2808 or visiting wvia.org.
Suter was always destined for the stage, as she began singing at the tender age of 4 in church recitals and special events. As the years went by, she seized every opportunity to perform and listen to other live performances. Although she appreciated all types of music, her roots were gospel; she often attended different churches to experience the many styles of worship and music ministry.
In her early 20s, Suter discovered the world of theatre. She joined a very talented and diverse group of artists known as the Performance Art Chorale, under the direction of Miche Braden. With Braden’s coaching, she deepened her knowledge of the performance art, developed acting skills, and expanded her vocal repertoire.
In 2005, Suter recorded her first full-length CD, entitled “Shuga Fix,” featuring original tunes and a more soulful sound. To her credit, she has recorded a total of six albums thus far. In addition to “Shuga Fix” are “Just Another Fool,” “Alexis P. Suter Band Live at the Midnight Ramble,” “Two Sides,” “Live at the Turning Point,” and her current blues/rock CD, “Love the Way You Roll.”
Randazzo is a much celebrated singer/songwriter from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Fans of Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan will appreciate his rich, baritone voice and neo-traditional composition style.
It was September 2008 when Randazzo called on head Badlees writer and producer Bret Alexander to begin work on what would become 2009’s “See That My Grave is Kept Clean.” The record is a handpicked collection of traditional folk and blues covers with the addition of four original tunes. Stand-out cuts include a stirring version of the Bill Withers classic “Grandma’s Hands” and the album’s closing porch hymn “Ring Them Bells,” penned by Randazzo.
He has performed at several high profile gigs both locally and nationally – most notably Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck and Scranton’s historic Tripp Family Homestead, opening for New Orleans native Spencer Bohren. In April 2013, Randazzo opened for the Alexis P. Suter Band with fellow music-maker Dustin Drevitch at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains. He has shared the stage with an endless list of local greats, including national acts The Badlees and MiZ, and has also performed in WVIA Digital’s first web-only series, “In the Office.” His third full-length record, titled “If You Don’t Bring Me Joy (Be on Your Way),” was released on S.A.M. Records in November 2015.
The Homegrown Music concert series is produced and hosted by WVIA-FM’s George Graham and presents a wide-ranging array of artists in unique monthly two-hour radio concerts which are broadcast live before a studio audience on WVIA-FM in real time. This concert will also be taped for encore presentations on WVIA-FM.
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