May. 1 The Marcus Eaton Trio. Marcus Eaton’s music combines virtuosic guitar playing and the musical sophistication of progressive rock with appealing vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Eaton has toured and recorded with David Crosby. This is an encore of a studio session with his trio from 2010.
May 8 Tod Pronto. Singer-songwriter Tod Pronto whose recent third album Hide Away from the Sun has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag program. His music has received national airplay and praise by fellow artists such as Jonathan Edwards. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original songs in a solo acoustic context.
May 14 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with VAN WAGNER and TIMOTHY ZIEGER. WVIA’s unique monthly series of live concert broadcasts continues with two outstanding Northeastern Pennsylvania singer-songwriters.
Van Wagner, from Danville, PA, is a remarkably prolific artist who has released 22 albums so far with songs ranging from his experiences as a lumber jack and coal miner, to humorous tunes and songs based on history. His recent CD King of the Quarry is based on the slate mining from the York, PA area in the last century. He returns to Homegrown Music with to perform more from his seemingly endless well of outstanding compositions.
Timothy Zieger, from Factoryville, PA, made his Homegrown Music debut earlier this year with an impressive collection of original material with an acoustic ensemble. In addition to performing and recording, Zieger also conducts regular songwriting workshops. For his first appearance on the Homegrown Music concert series, he will also be joined by his group.
As usual, WVIA’s members are listeners are invited to attend the live broadcast from the station’s Sordoni Theater-Studio. Admission is free by reservation. Reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis. Click here to reserve seats. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.
May 15 Midnight Pilot. A first-rate Americana group, Midnight Pilot’s members include two brothers, and have been making music together since childhood. Their debut eponymous album Midnight Pilot has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. This is an encore of their 2015 Homegrown Music debut session.
May 22 Cavage and Sudigala. Banjo player David Cavage and guitarist Josh Sudigala are outstanding bluegrass players who have been members of the group Hickory Project. This encore of their debut studio session features the duo performing mostly original music in an intimate duo setting.
May 29 The Bog Swing Band. Multifaceted musician Roy Williams has been involved with numerous groups, including And the Moneynotes and more recently his Brother Roy project. He is also an outstanding swing-style guitarist in the Django Reinhardt style. The Bog Swing Band is an acoustic ensemble doing hot jazz with including standards and original music. This is an encore of their 2011 studio session.
Radio - Local Programs
with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.