Feb. 11 A Homegrown Music Concert with CANCIÓN FRANKLIN AND THE FAMILY BAND and MICKEY SPAIN. WVIA’s unique series of monthly live concert broadcasts continues with an evening of singer-songwriters, one electric and one acoustic.
Canción Franklin is an Arizona native who came east to attend college at age 18, and has been part of the New York/New Jersey music scene for the past several years, perfecting his personable original songs that have been spotlighted on two EPs released in the past year, including “Stone for Stone” which has just been issued. Franklin and his band put in a memorable Homegrown Music studio session last year, and this time he returns to perform music from his albums and other original material with his electric band live before the studio audience.
Mickey Spain has been part of the folk music scene for many years, performing and recording with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Roger McGuinn and others. He and his brother Liam were part of a group with legendary Irish musician Tommy Makem and his sons. Now residing in Scranton, Mickey Spain is performing solo and will make his Homegrown Music concert debut with his original Irish and Celtic influenced compositions.
As usual, WVIA’s member and listeners are invited to attend the two-hour live concert-broadcast from the station’s Sordoni Theater. Admission is free by reservation, which may be made here: Note: start time: 8:00 PM.
Feb. 12 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.
Feb. 19 The Balkun Brothers. Nick and Steve Balkun are from Upstate New York and play an energetic brand of blues-rock. With Nick on the drums, and Steve simultaneously playing lead guitar and bass parts on his instrument, the duo has a big raw sound that has been attracting audiences nationwide, and on tours in Europe. This is an encore of their second Homegrown Music session from 2017.
Feb. 26 John Michael Hersey. An active singer-songwriter since the 1980s, John Michael Hersey has been involved with various aspects of the music world over the decades, including a stint playing guitar in the doo-wop group The Cadillacs. He has released eight albums, including his most recent “Dreamtime” which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original music, including non-album material, in a solo acoustic setting.
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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.