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Homegrown Music with George Graham

Listen Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA Radio

About the Show

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.

September 6

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.

September 13

Jamie Leonhart. A fine jazzy-oriented singer, Ms. Leonhart is part of significant musical family. She performs sophisticated original songs with a group that includes her husband Michael Leonart, the long-time trumpet player with Steely Dan, and who is heard on piano, in this encore of a memorable 2007 session.

September 20

Tom Dennehy a/k/a Breakfast. Originally from Danville, PA, Tom Dennehy us a singer-songwriter with an enjoyably quirky sense of humor, who made 10 appearances on Homegrown Music going back to the 1990s. He has been based in San Francisco for the past several years, but recently made a trip back to visit, and brought along a new batch of songs, some of them topical in this all new session.

September 27

Water Street. From Blairstown, NY, Water Street formed in 2011, and have released three albums so far. They often appear in the Poconos, and landed a performance on one of the main stages at the Bethlehem Musikfest. The group are known for their melodic, often folk-influence original music. They make their Homegrown Music debut with some new songs and rearrangements of earlier recordings in this all new 2022 session.

Submissions

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.

Listen to Past Episodes

About George Graham

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.