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 (including bluegrass), jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, New Age, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents. (We do avoid heavy metal and grungy alternative rock, hip-hop, and commercial pop styles.) The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. In the case of folk or jazz, original arrangements of traditional or jazz-standard material is acceptable. Homegrown Music does not include covers or performances of current popular songs, since radio listeners may easily find the original versions of such songs elsewhere on the airwaves.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
November Homegrown Concert
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8 p.m
For 10 years TRI-FI has been creating original jazz music, developing a personal style that is contemporary while still deep in the tradition of the classic piano trio – a sound that is fresh and unique but somehow familiar. TRI-FI is a cooperative trio of award-winning musicians that has been playing their own original music together for years, with all three members contributing compositions.
In 2003, Matthew Fries (winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition), Phil Palombi (Grammy Award winning bassist) and Keith Hall (respected educator and director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive) were brought together as the rhythm section for singer Curtis Stigers and toured extensively playing at many of the major jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Rochester, Montreal, Toronto, Vail and Aspen. TRI-FI formed the trio as a workshop to create and perform original music, rooted in their jazz history experience but fresh in its modern style. Learn more about TRI-FI at http://tri-fi.com/.
In addition to TRI-FI, a second performer will be part of this live Homegrown Music Concert. Please check back here for the announcement.
Reserve your free seats for the live concert-broadcast in the Sordoni High-Definition Theater at the WVIA Studios by calling 570-655-2808 or by
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Nov. 3 A Homegrown Music Concert with THE BOG SWING GROUP and THE CURRYS. WVIA's series of unique monthly live two-hour concert broadcasts continues with an evening of diverse acoustic music from WVIA's Sordoni Theater.
- The Bog Swing Group is a hot acoustic jazz group in the Django Reinhardt tradition. Led by guitarist Roy Williams, and featuring violin, reeds and percussion, the band does irresistibly swinging world-class arrangements of jazz standards and other eclectic material.
- The Currys are a folky family trio consisting of two brothers Jummy and Tommy Curry, and cousin Galen Curry. They have been developing a national following for their excellent original folk-rock music performed with the kind of vocal harmonies of family members who have been singing together for most of their lives. Their album Follow was featured on the Mixed Bag weekly album review, and they did a studio session for Homegrown Music. They make their Homegrown Music concert debut.
As usual, the concert will be broadcast and streamed live on WVIA-FM. Free audience seating is available by reservation at http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/ or at 570-655-2808. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM
Nov. 4 John Ginty Band. John Ginty is a ubiquitous keyboard man who had been a busy studio musician for a couple of decades, recording with artists from Lou Reed to the Dixie Chicks, and being a founding member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Last year, he released a solo album called Bad News Travels, emphasizing his bluesy side. This HGM segment is an encore of a group Ginty put together in 2000, spotlighting his Hammond B3 organ playing.
Nov. 11 Scott Chasolen. New Jersey keyboard man and singer-songwriter Scott Chasolen has had a multifaceted career. He was in a fusion group called Ulu, and he is a long-time member of The Machine, one of the leading Pink Floyd Tribute bands. But he has released some well-received albums as a singer-songwriter-pianist. This encore features music from his Homegrown Music sessions, which were later compiled into a CD called Portrait.
Nov. 18 Romy Balvers. Dutch born singer-songwriter Romy Balvers (known professionally as Romy) came to the US in 2009 and has established herself as a respected artist in the New York area. Earlier this year, she released her debut album Unbound which has been featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag. She makes her Homegrown Music debut with some new non-album songs.
Nov. 25 Noam Weinstein. Witty singer-songwriter-guitarist Noam Weinstein recently released his sixth album Bottle Fed, a collection of songs inspired by his becoming a father. This 2012 Homegrown Music session features Weinstein's creative songs performed in a solo acoustic setting on both guitar and piano.
Rogue Chimp / Clarence Bucaro
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.