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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.
Joe Rollin Porter. A traditional-style folksinger, Ohioan Joe Rollin Porter released an album called Take This Hammer in 2018, which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. This encore of his 2018 session features a set of his interpretations of traditional songs, with some very impressive finger style guitar playing.
A Homegrown Jazz Special with the 3D Jazz Trio. Also known as 3 Divas, this all star group was formed by Diva Orchestra leader and drummer Sherri Maricle with pianist Jackie Warren and bassist Amy Shook. They have released two acclaimed albums so far, and made three Homegrown Music appearances, including a live concert. This recording from 2020 is the trio’s second studio session, and was the last Homegrown Music session done before the pandemic shutdown. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM)
Bourbon Express. A great retro old-school country style band with appealing original tunes, Bourbon Express released their debut album One Big Losin' Streak in 2016 which received national airplay, including on WVIA's Mixed Bag. This encore presents their 2016 Homegrown Music session including a number of songs not on their album.
A Homegrown Jazz Special with Bill Mays and the Inventions Trio. WVIA’s Jazz Appreciation Month specials continue with this delightful 2012 session by a distinctive threesome with pianist Mays, trumpet luminary Marvin Stamm and cellist Alisa Horn. It presents an original suite by Mays plus arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans. This memorable session became the Chiaroscuro release Life’s a Movie. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM)
OtiS. A first-rate large funk band with horns, OTiS put in a memorable Homegrown Music session in 2012. The band unfortunately went their separate ways not long after this session. They released an album called Elevator around that time, but this Homegrown Music session captures this tight, energetic band at their best.
A Homegrown Jazz Special with the Jay Leonhart Trio. Bassist extraordinare, composer and vocalist Jay Leonhart has worked with many of the greats in jazz, appearing on scores of albums in a lengthy and stellar career. He’s also a witty songwriter, and this encore of a 2017 live Homegrown Music concert features Leonhart performing his songs with a trio including Tomoko Ohno on piano and Sherrie Maricle on drums. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM)
From Good Homes. From the Homegrown Music archive comes this collection of songs by a folk-rock band which achieved considerable success nationally in the 1990s and was the subject of a documentary film. The group’s founder Todd Scheaffer would go on to co-found the popular jam band Railroad Earth. Music from the band’s 1980s Homegrown Music sessions is featured.
A Homegrown Jazz Special: The Ingrid Jensen-Roberta Piket Quartet. This segment is an encore of a memorable live Homegrown Music concert with one of jazz’s most notable women trumpeters, Canadian-born Ingrid Jensen in a quartet with pianist and composer Roberta Piket. The group also features acclaimed drummer Billy Mintz and bassist Mike Karn, performing a collection of original and standard tunes before a studio audience in 2018. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM)
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.
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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.