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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.
Dave’s True Story. A nationally-known jazzy quartet noted for their witty lyrics by Dave Cantor, and the appealing vocals of Kelly Flint, Dave’s True story released several albums in the early 2000s. This encore from 2005 features some of their best and most clever songs.
A Homegrown Concert Encore with STEVE BROSKY. Allentown singer-songwriter Steve Brosky has had a long career on the music scene and has won numerous Lehigh Valley music awards. He has appeared on Homegrown Music several times over the years. This is an encore of an engaging live concert from February 2017 with guitarist Jimmy Meyer and keyboard man Rick Repsher.
Professor and Maryanne. Naming their group after a couple of characters from Gilligan’s Island, Ken Rockwood and Danielle Brancaccio released a series of nationally popular albums during the 1990s and early 2000s. This is an encore of their sole Homegrown Music appearance from 2001 featuring a collection of their appealing original songs.
Kenny Young and the Eggplants. Known for their often-hilarious acoustic rock songs for nearly 20 years, this trio has released a succession of albums known for their quirky humor and satire. This is an encore of their studio session from 2003.
Potter’s Daughter. This session marked the return of talented pianist, composer, and vocalist Dyanne Potter Voegtlin who first appeared on Homegrown Music in 1992. The material from this 2018 recording includes some classical influence as well as sophisticated original material performed with a five piece group including her son Ian and notable jazz bassist Lincoln Goines.
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.