Jan. 1 Homegrown Music 2018 Sampler. Series producer George Graham presents a cross section of music from the studio sessions and live concerts produced at WVIA during 2018. If you missed the broadcast, you can stream it here:
Jan. 8 Ryan Harris Brown. A Scranton area singer-songwriter, who moved to Nashville to pursue his career, Ryan Harris Brown released a well-received album called “Stranded in the Present Tense.” He returned home for a visit in 2017 and put in a memorable solo session, which is presented in this encore.
Jan. 14 A Homegrown Music Jazz Concert with 3DIVAS and THE TYLER DEMPSEY TRIO. The Homegrown Music concert series enters a new year with what promises to be a memorable evening of diverse jazz in a two-hour live broadcast from the Sordoni Theater at WVIA.
3Divas are a piano trio led by Pocono-based drummer Sherrie Maricle, founder of the award-winning Diva Orchestra, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Ms. Maricle met pianist Jackie Warren and bassist Amy Shook while touring in support of dancer Maurice Hines. The soon formed a tight musical relationship, and appeared on a Homegrown Music studio session in 2016. That recording became an acclaimed eponymous album “3Divas”. The trio returns to Homegrown Music for a live performance.
Tyler Dempsey is a talented young drummer from Scranton who has performed with numerous top jazz musicians. He recently formed an electric trio with Matt Vashlishan (of the Davis Liebman Group Expansions) playing an electronic wind instrument (EWI). They will be joined by bassist Jon Ventri for an interesting and eclectic performance.
As usual, WVIA’s member and listeners are invited to attend the two-hour live concert-broadcast. Admission is free by reservation, which may be made here. Note: start time: 8:00 PM.
Jan. 15 The Packway Handle Band. A national touring bluegrass band Packway Handle paid Homegrown Music a visit in 2015 and put in a memorable performance with first-rate musicianship and mostly original composition.
Jan. 22 Chet Vincent Band. From Western PA, rock singer-songwriter Chet Vincent has been the leader of The Big Bend, which released an album in 2016. Now working under his own name, Vincent released “Where the Earth Opens Wide” which has been been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. Vincent and his four-piece band make their Homegrown Music debut with a set of new original music not on the album.
Jan. 29 Fife and Drom. Formed by Wilkes-Barre native Abbie Ahmad, the New York-based quartet Fife and Drom is an eclectic blues-rock group, performing first-rate original music. Their 2015 studio session is presented in this encore.
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.