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Jay Hitt and Villa Palagonia: 2016

Villa Palagonia's Allison Scola and Joe Ravo (photo by John Saponara, courtesy of the artist via Facebook.com)

Villa Palagonia's Allison Scola and Joe Ravo (photo by John Saponara, courtesy of the artist via Facebook.com)

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I invited two of the artists performing in the Feb. 9, 2016 On Your Radar into Studio A for a session. Jay Hitt is a singer-songwriter who recently moved to the New York area from Pittsburgh, where he was very involved in the music. He is a careful craftsman whose songs are rich in narrative detail. In the session he was accompanied on piano by Lisa Jane Lipkin, a fine songwriter in her own right.

Villa Palagonia is the musical concept of the married musical couple, Alison Scola and Joe Ravo. Inspired by a visit to Italy, where Alison has family roots, they combine Alison's clever lyrics (sometimes in Italian) and appealing vocals with Joe's accomplished, jazz-based guitar playing to create an infectious brand of music that pushes the boundaries of folk.

They each shared their stories and played a couple of songs in this session.