Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk (including bluegrass), jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, New Age, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents. (We do avoid heavy metal and grungy alternative rock, hip-hop, and commercial pop styles.) The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. In the case of folk or jazz, original arrangements of traditional or jazz-standard material is acceptable. Homegrown Music does not include covers or performances of current popular songs, since radio listeners may easily find the original versions of such songs elsewhere on the airwaves.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA.
HOMEGROWN MUSIC LISTINGS
Tuesday, Jan. 7
The Homegrown Music 2013 Sampler - The annual Homegrown Music year-end anthology is normally heard at the end of the year, but because of preemptions for holiday programming on WVIA-FM, it is being presented at the beginning of 2014. This special 90-minute edition of Homegrown Music presents a cross-section of the memorable recordings and live concerts produced and broadcast during the year just ended. (Note: Start time: 8:30 PM)
Monday, Jan. 13 at 8pm
A Homegrown Music Concert with The Oak Creek Band and Lorne Clarke. - The Homegrown Music series starts the new year with another in WVIA's unique series of live two-hour concert broadcasts from the station's Sordoni Theater.
The Oak Creek Band is an outstanding group formed around the husband-wife duo of Daniel and Jenna Watters. Originally from Arizona they knew each other since middle school and began singing together at their high school graduation. Their brand of melodic folk-influenced rock has been attracting audiences around the country and their debut CD XI was featured in the Mixed Bag weekly album review series. They make their Homegrown Music debut with their full band.
Canadian-born, Meshoppen, PA, area resident Lorne Clarke is no stranger to Homegrown Music. With a fascinating personal background as a policeman, member of the merchant marine and proud farmer, Clarke brings his big voice and throughtful, often-provocative lyrics to bear in his memorable songs. After a four-year hiatus, he returns to Homegrown Music for a solo performance.
The 8:00 PM concert takes place live before a studio audience. WVIA's members and listeners are invited to attend. Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis by reservation by Clicking Here or by phone at 570-655-2808. (Note: Start time: 8:00 PM).
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Rick Hornyak - Last fall, Pennsylvanian-born and raised Rick Hornyak journeyed back to his native state on tour from Austin, Texas, where he now lives. While here, he and his band had a prolific Homegrown Music recording session of his first-rate roots-rock music. The first part was broadcast in October. This edition of HGM features the rest of the songs from that session.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Eric Frisch and the Updogs - Singer-songriter Eric Frisch released a CD called One Way to Find Out which has been featured on Mixed Bag. It boasts a melodic retro pop approach with astute lyrics. Frisch and four-piece his band make their debut on Homegrown Music with nice collection of original material.
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.