Apr. 2 Gingermon. Tim Gandee, a/k/a Gingermon is a reggae artist of Irish descent, who recently released his band’s debut album Baked to Perfection. The band makes their first appearance on Homegrown Music with a batch of great original, danceable music, with performances often taking a different approach than their album.
Apr. 9 Teen Town. Named after a composition by bassist Jaco Pastorius, Teen Town is a trio of jazz-rock fusion prodigies, whose members are literally teens, with bassist extraordinaire Gabriel Severn still in middle school. They were a big hit at the 2018 Scranton Jazz Festival, and they make their Homegrown Music debut with world class playing, performing their arrangements of music of some of the fusion pioneers.
Apr. 15 A Homegrown Music Concert with DAVE KEYES and the GABE STILLMAN BAND. WVIA’s unique series of monthly live radio concert broadcasts presents an evening of the blues.
Dave Keyes is one of the most ubiquitous blues pianists on the scene, working with artists like Popa Chubby, the late Bo Diddley, Tracy Nelson Gladys Knight, and many others. He has released six albums on his own. The most recent The Healing was featured on the Mixed Bag album review series. He last appeared on Homegrown Music as a member of Alexis P. Suter’s band. He makes his first appearance as a leader on Homegrown Music at the WVIA Steinway.
Gabe Stillman is a young bluesman based in Williamsport. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has been attracting a lot of attention, including being a finalist in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He’ll be bringing his energetic band for their Homegrown Music debut.
As usual, two-hour the concert will be broadcast live on WVIA-FM and streaming on wvia.org. Free audience seating in the Sordoni Theater in the station’s studios is available for WVIA’s members and listeners on a first-come-first-served basis here. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM
Apr. 16 Jesse Terry. Singer songwriter Jesse Terry’s most recent album Natural features guest appearances from numerous notable artists including Dar Williams and Kim Richey. Terry appeared on Homegrown Music in 2013 with his band, and that session, with appealing, literate original songs, is presented as an encore.
Apr. 23 Andy Scott. Andy Scott has had a dual career and an alternative rock performer and a jazz crooner. His original songs, often performed under the name Goat have turned up in TV (“CSI”) and films. From the archive from a decade ago comes this session on the jazzier side, with Scott performing his original songs, in a solo setting at the piano and guitar.
Apr. 30 Zak Sobel. When Zak Sobel first appeared on Homegrown Music in 2011, he was a student at Penn State. Now, a nationally touring musician based in New York, with a new EP under his belt, Sobel returns to the series with a new set of original song performed in a solo acoustic setting.
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.