HomeGrown Revival
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HomeGrown Revival

Dahlonega, Georgia, United States | SELF

Dahlonega, Georgia, United States | SELF
Band Folk Bluegrass


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"John Keane on HomeGrown Revival"

"Home Grown Revival is the real thing. Their guileless melodies and lyrics ring true with the voice of experience, ranging from haunting, ephemeral stories of the hardships and joys of mountain living to biting political commentary. Beautiful harmonies and badass picking - what more could you want?" -- John Keane (Grammy nominated producer and engineer) - John Keane

"New band finds success with songs of home and family"

Four young local musicians are on pretty much of an out-of-control roll since forming a new band a matter of months ago. The husband and wife team of Lara Polangco-Kenney and Jason Kenney along with long-time jamming friends Seth Livengood and Taylor Hadaway, got a gig at a winery one day and decided to form a band.

The next thing they knew they were hosting their own CD release party at the Holly Theater-scheduled for this Saturday night, with two-thirds of the Holly's 300-plus seats already sold, as well as opening for the (as of last weekend) GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Melting Point in Athens.

The band is HomeGrown Revival, playing original music with mountain roots. They call themselves a “progressive folk string band.” Their name reflects a return to home and family-a revival of values that they feel are disappearing around them. Their music validates a position that many people believe in but that is rarely reflected in today's music, said Lara. The project is a labor of love, she said, a chance to “amplify the voices of the many, sharing in their common joys and sorrows through song.”

Following a very successful performance at the Crimson Moon last October, soon after organizing HGR, the band was approached by a longtime friend who wanted to front them the money for a CD. It wasn't long afterwards-in December-before the band's members found themselves in the Athens recording studio of John Keane, recently nominated for a GRAMMY for best engineered album-one he recorded for Widespread Panic. Keane has also recorded such folks as the Indigo Girls, Taj Mahal and R.E.M., and is, according to Lara, a genius.

Keane will appear with the band on Saturday when he will join them on pedal steel guitar for their CD release concert.

The CD, titled “Leaving Wynfield Station,” has 13 original songs. With some written individually and others collaboratively, the songs tell of struggles of young adults working hard to raise their families. The narratives are personal and from the heart, said Lara. The music is a way to share their feelings for each other, for their families, and for the values important in their lives, she said.

And the songs keep coming. “HomeGrown Revival inspires us as songwriters,” said Jason. “We have already written our second album before the release of our first.”

The events of the past few months, and the pace at which all this has transpired, have taken the foursome by surprise. The group of friends who just liked to hang out, jam, and write songs about their lives is suddenly a real band with a new CD, a number of gigs behind them and a busier concert schedule as each month passes.

While they certainly find it all very exciting, Lara gives credit to all the people who have supported them. “We feel really blessed because all of the wonderful people who are helping us and the great folks who keep coming back to our shows,” she said.

Livengood, said Lara, works hard, loves his young family, and writes songs about challenges he has faced in life. He is a poet, she said, putting his profound thoughts and feelings into music. He is a prolific writer and has been for many years. Many of the songs on the CD are his, and he also contributes to the band with rhythm guitar and vocals.

Hadaway is a multi-instrumentalist and has been playing music for over a decade. Taylor holds down the bottom with HGR playing the doghouse bass with hand and bow, and lends his baritone voice to the tight harmonies that are a signature sound of the band.

Jasonhas been a performing and teaching musician for many years. He runs The Family Honor School of Music and currently leads the worship music at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. He plays mandolin and guitar on the CD, sings, and has written several of the songs.

Lara is also a teacher and performer. She has written volumes of music and has painted walls worth of art. Lara also leads worship on Sundays at the DPC. She sings and plays banjo on the CD, and wrote three of its songs.

Both Lara and Jason express a deep commitment and love for each other and their family-the inspiration for many of their songs. Lara, mother of three, says being a mother is her first priority.

Saturday night's concert takes place on the Holly main stage at 8 p.m. Tickets (adults $12, children 12 and under $6.50) are available from the Holly box office, 706-864-3759, or on the Web at www.HollyTheater.com. Learn more about HomeGrown Revival and follow their concert schedule at www.homegrownrevivalband.com.

- by: Margo Booth


"Leaving Wynfield Station'



PROGRESSIVE FOLK STRING BAND: Original music, with mountain roots. HomeGrown Revival is a four piece group that performs their songs with guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. The HGR recorded their first album over three days in December 2010 which was co-produced by Grammy nominee John Keane (Indigo Girls, Taj Mahal, R.E.M., Widespread Panic).

The best part of making music with The HomeGrown Revival is the deep-seated cameraderie we share as a band, and knowing that our best friends' songs are being heard. HGR is a four-piece acoustic group of songwriters that started with good friends just jamming tunes and helping eachother. As our lives grew more complex, and our solidarity became more important in the face of great challenges, the songs just started rolling out. Sharing this music amplifies our small voices as individuals and gives venue to the stories of our lives. In a culture often dominated and dazzled by the vain images of corporate media, this type of sharing in commonality becomes paramount and HGR is all over it-- with love, rage, and respect. We want a home grown revival in the spirit of freedom and brotherhood, and we hope to make many friends.

Seth Livengood is a devoted father and a hard-working man who loves his beautiful wife Sharon and stands by his values. He writes many of the songs that HomeGrown Revival plays, and sings with an impassioned honesty that easily comes through in his voice and charged lyrics. His rhthym guitar and strong voice are like the bones of the band-- his integrity is his contribution to the world both as a man and as an artist. "In a world that often breaks us down, above us sits a wooden crown...Sometimes my life feels so heavy for me to bear, but then I look and the good Lord's standing right there."

Stand-up bass player Taylor Hadaway and Seth have known each other since childhood and have seen one another through the years making very funny jokes and singing til all hours. I'm told there was also whiskey involved maybe at one point... Their abiding friendship is a major unifying force for the HGR. Mr. Taylor Hadaway plays the doghouse bass with hands and bow, holding down the bottom and harmonizing a solid baritone. This man is tall, armed, and genuine. He also happens to be an accomplished sound engineer. His lovely and sweet lady Ashley digs it all and keeps him happy so back off sisters. The two of them live in Dahlonga, same as all of us.

Jason Kenney is a musician's musician. He has spent so much time pushing the boundaries of music, and seems to have reached a place where those boundaries have just fallen away. His smokin' hot strings are so set-free, and his extremely personal lyrics and soulful, pure voice are an integral aspect of HomeGrown Revival's flavor. Jason's bright inspiration is contagious, and his open way of seeing the world is there in the songs that he writes. Jason is married to Lara Polangco-Kenney, who is also in the HGR. They live with family honor, committed to their children and each other under a red tin roof.

Lara Polangco-Kenney: "These are the guys I want to be hanging around with when the Neo-Babylonian Empire takes a nosedive. They've got my back and I love them all." Lara is the self-proclaimed "spiritual conscience" of the HomeGrown Revival; living and writing with moral conviction. Lara sings her truth with the drive of purpose, viewing her musicianship as a gift as well as a duty and an honor; much like motherhood. In the HGR she is one of the singers, a contributing writer, and the banjo player. Lara also makes visual art.