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.
International Orange. An outstanding jazz-rock fusion quartet, comprising musicians who have worked as backing musicians with jazz and rock groups worldwide. Their 2019 album A Man and His Dog was featured on the Mixed Bag album review. They perform a mix of new material and altered arrangement of tunes from their album in this encore of their 2019 Homegrown Music debut.
A Homegrown Music Concert Encore: SIMON APPLE. The band called Simon Apple released a much acclaimed CD called River to the Sea in 2007, which featured guest appearances by luminaries like bassist Tony Levin, and Hugh McDowell of the Electric Light Orchestra. The individual members remain active, though the group has been on hiatus. They put in an outstanding live Homegrown Music concert in 2007, spotlighting their combination of progressive rock and melodic songs. While the Homegrown Music concert series is on summer hiatus, this segment presents an encore of Simon Apple’s show.
Mickey Spain. A veteran folksinger, Mickey Spain has been a member of the traditional Irish band Makem and Spain, and has recorded with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn, Noel Paul Stookey, and Jonathan Edwards. A Scranton resident in recent years Mickey Spain is heard in his 2018 Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original and traditional songs in a solo acoustic setting.
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.