Jan.. 2 Bent Blue. From the archive comes this 2002 session by an outstanding art-rock band featuring musicians familiar to Homegrown Music listeners, jazz drummer Marko Marcinko, guitarist Patrick Flynn and bassist Mark Kiesinger (Mere Mortals), with vocalist John P. Smith. Their sophisticated original music nicely stands the test of time.
Jan. 9 Goose. An up-and-coming jam band from Connecticut. Goose released their debut full-length album Moon Cabin in 2016. The group scales back to an acoustic duo, with principal songwriter Rick Mitarotonda and bassist Trevor Weeks for this encore of their 2016 series debut.
Jan. 15 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with Teddy Young and the Acesand DON SHAPPELLE. WVIA’s unique monthly two-hour live concert series enters the New Year with the return of a popular regional figure on the blues scene and a veteran folk-style singer-songwriter.
Pittston, PA, native Teddy Young has been appearing on the Homegrown Music series since his teens, and over the years has developed a loyal fan base both regionally and also through his more widespread touring on the blues circuit. In 2017 he released his latest album Movin’ On. For this concert, he will be joined in the power trio by his long-time associate, Rob “Frog” Fenstermaker on bass.
Don Shappelle was one of the first artists to appear on Homegrown Music back in the 1970s. He has been a constant presence on the folk scene over the years, including collaborating with the late Pete Seeger in his Hudson River projects. Shappelle is known for his songs about the Susquehanna River. He returns to Homegrown Music for his first appearance on the show in six years. He will be joined in an acoustic performances by Don Sennett on bass and Barry Dervinis on accordion.
As usual WVIA’s members and listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience in Sordoni Theater at the station’s Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Reservations are free on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve seats here: http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/Note: start time 8:00 PM.
Jan 16 Emily Hurd. A prolific songwriter, Midwest-based Emily Hurd has released fifteen albums over the years and toured extensively. Her style runs from bluegrass to jazz ballads. In 2012, she was in Northeastern PA, and put in a memorable appearance with a collection of original songs performed solo on piano, guitar and banjo. This encore features that performance.
Jan 23 Alyssa Lazar. Young Clarks Summit native singer-songwriter has already been attracting media attention in the region. Now attending college in Nashville, near Music Row, she makes her Homegrown Music debut with a set of original music performed in a solo setting at the piano and guitar.
Jan. 30 Doerfel Family Bluegrass. Originally from Upstate New York, the Doerful Family toured and played together and were popular on the bluegrass festival circuit. At the time of this session ten years ago, members ranged from age 12 to 19. Since then, five of the siblings have gone electric as Fuel on Fire. We spotlight the band’s first-rate bluegrass with both original and traditional music. Encore from 2008.
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.