Homegrown Music with George Graham

Listen Tuesdays at 9pm on VIA 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.

June 2

Jason O. Singer-songwriter Jason Olcese, originally from near Clifford, PA, is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, now living in State College, PA. Currently a member of the band My Hero Zero, Jason put in several appearances on Homegrown Music, including live concerts. This encore features a 2015 session in which he used looping devices and “beat-boxing” to create a live multi-instrumental performance.

June 9th

The Coal Town Rounders. A first-rate bluegrass quartet from the Scranton area, who went their separate ways a few years ago, The Coal Town Rounder are heard at their peak with a set of mostly original material recorded in 2015.

June 16th

Earth to Bob. A memorable but short-lived melodic rock quartet from Central PA, Earth to Bob released a widely acclaimed album “Toll Roads and Detours” in 1996. The group made two appearances on Homegrown Music, including a live concert. This archive encore features the band in a mostly acoustic setting from a 1996 session.

June 23rd

A Homegrown Music Concert Encore: ERIC & VICKY DONEY BAND. The late and beloved Poconos pianist Eric Doney, who passed away in 2015, loved to put together large groups with horns to perform classic soul and rock songs with his wife Vicki doing lead vocal. His groups were an annual highlight at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration Arts. The Doneys brought the whole eight-piece all-star band of top Poconos jazz players for a live performance in June 2004. It’s truly one of the highlights from over 35 years of Homegrown Music concerts.

June 30th

Chet Vincent Band. Pittsburgh roots rocker Chet Vincent is involved with two bands, Birdwatcher and Big Band. In 2018 he released “Where the Earth Opens Wide” which was featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. Vincent and Birdwatcher put in a Homegrown Music session originally broadcast in early 2019. This encore presents that session spotlighting his original songs in electric/acoustic quartet setting.

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 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.