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WXPN Names Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion April's XPN Artist To Watch

Folk-rock couple gets month-long spotlight starting Monday, April 4.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, has selected Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion as the XPN Artist To Watch for April 2005. On Monday, April 4 in the four o'clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month's daily on-air segments featuring this harmonious duo.

The power of the collaboration between the granddaughter of Woody/daughter of Arlo and her indie-rocker husband attracted the attention of XPN staffers when Guthrie and Irion released their debut album titled Exploration.

"Melodic, breezy, front porch tunes from a fantastic folk-rock duo," said Dye. "The album comes together in some great and unexpected ways."

"The songs are great, and they sound absolutely effortlessly recorded - a rare and beautiful thing, indeed, " added Dan Reed, WXPN music director. "This couple has certainly gotten our attention here at XPN. The new album sounds completely fresh, but totally committed to old school songwriting and melodies. A fantastic start."

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month's featured artist, visit the XPN Artists To Watch web page.

WXPN 88.5 FM is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier source for an eclectic and inspiring mix of music including rock, blues, roots, and folk. WXPN produces the nationally syndicated World Cafe., public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Harrisburg at 88.1 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.xpn.org.

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