Roy Williams is a versatile and multifaceted musician. He appeared on Homegrown Music previously in very disparate contexts, the roots rock band And the Moneynotes and playing Gypsy jazz with the Bog Swing Band. Now he has a new project performing new original music at the piano and new new album called Last Man Standing as Brother Roy. It’s energetic music in the Springsteen tradition.
Jung Bergo are an emerging and eclectic band that’s creates original “indie rock” that also incorporates acoustic instrumentation. The group appeared on WVIA’s web video series “In the Office” and now they make their Homegrown Music live concert debut.
The two hour-concert live concert broadcast originates from WVIA’s Sordoni studio theater before a studio audience. Free audience reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis at wvia.org. Note: Start time 8:00 PM.
May 2 Jason O. Jason Olcese is an appealing singer-songwriter from Clifford, PA, who in recent years has developed a reputation for his use of looping devices to create multi-instrumental performances in real time. This segment is an encore of Jason’s fourth studio appearance from 2015, with his original music than runs from folky to funky.
May 9 Jonah Whale. A five-piece progressive rock band from Bloomsburg, PA, Jonah Whale has released four albums including music running from very electric to more acoustic. This segment is an encore of their Homegrown Music debut session from 2015.
May 16 Hillbilly Water. An energetic bluegrass trio featuring two of the members of the New Jersey band and frequent Homegrown Music guests Cosmic American Derelicts, the group performs mostly original music, both vocal and instrumental. This is an encore of their 2007 studio session.
May 23 Rogue Chimp. An electronic fusion instrumental group and jam band from the Scranton area, the band has released an album, played major festivals, and also did a memorable 2014 Homegrown Music concert. This is an encore of their 2011 studio session spotlighting their creative original compositions.
May 30 Bob Malone. Internationally known singer-songwriter and virtuoso pianist, Bob Malone has been touring with John Fogerty when he is not performing his music in the US and Europe. He shows his witty lyric writing and New Orleans influence in this this encore of his fourth HGM session from 2015.
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.