July 2 Empire in Decline. A melodic rock band trio from the Wyoming Valley, Empire in Decline was formed by members of the popular band Plus 3. Empire in Decline recently released a new recording “Light Pollution.” Homegrown Music presents an encore of their 2014 session spotlighting their strong songwriting and appealing sound.
July 9 Tod Pronto. From New England, Tod Pronto released an album last year called “Hide Away from the Sun” which was featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. He paid a visit to Homegrown Music to perform an acoustic set of songs from the album as well as some new material. This is an encore of his 2018 series debut.
July 16 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore with INVERT. During the summer hiatus of the Homegrown Music concert series, producer/host George Graham is presenting rebroadcasts of memorable live performances from the past. This one features the only string quartet HGM has presented. Named after its configuration with two cellos, and one violin and viola, Invert, founded by a jazz-rock fusion bassist, performed original genre-defying music including group improvisations. Unfortunately, the group went their separate ways not long after this concert, but their remarkable music is featured in his 2008 show, performed live in WVIA’s Sordoni Theater. It’s a long way from Mozart.
July 23 Honey King. This New Jersey trio started out as a blues band, but became an acoustic folk trio marked by very attractive original music, marked by great vocal harmonies. This is an encore of Honey King’s 2012 Homegrown Music debut.
July 30 Bourbon & Bliss. A quartet co-led by spouses T. Scott Ross and Elizabeth Eckert-Ross, Bourbon & Bliss serve up clever, melodic original songs with Ms. Eckert-Ross’ piano featured prominently. This is an encore of their 2015 series debut.
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.
Full concert audio for select performances can be found here.
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.
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