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.
Pre-empted for Primary Results Coverage – Please note that the broadcast originally scheduled for this date was a repeat of a broadcast with the band OTiS. This session will be re-scheduled for a later date due to NPR's live coverage of the New Hampshire primary results.
Lex Romane. One of the very first Northeast Pennsylvania musicians to appear on the predecessor to the Homegrown Music series on WVIA in the 1970s, Lex Romane remains active creating memorable original music with a classic folk and jazz sound. Now based in the Philadelphia area, he is joined on this new all-new session by Mike Galan on sax, clarinet and bass clarinet.
A Homegrown Music Concert encore with ANN RABSON. Ann Rabson was a founder of the acclaimed trio Saffire, the Uppity Blueswomen, known for their great playing and sassy lyrics from a women’s point of view. Ms. Rabson had a lengthy career in the blues starting in the early 1960s. She passed away in 2013 after a long bout with cancer. This live concert from 15 years ago in 2005 features her in top form at the piano and guitar.
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.
One of the first staff members at VIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on VIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on VIA TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the VIA 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 VIA 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 VIA'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.