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, Dec. 3
Pavlov's Dawgs - From the Homegrown Music archive comes this 1998 reunion session by the highly eclectic Lehigh Valley bluegrass group Pavlov's Dawgs. Formed around 1990, the quartet was known for their bluegrass interpretations of songs by Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and other rockers, as well as their own original music. They went their separate ways by the mid 1990s, but did a special reunion in 1998, making an appearance on Homegrown Music. This encore features the band in all its virtuostic eclecticism.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Jon Fuller - A classically-trained pianist and composer, Jon Fuller released his debut full CD Skipping Away from Dissonance earlier this year. It was selected for one of the Mixed Bag weekly album reviews, and spotlighted his creative, sophisticated and appealing original music. He makes his Homegrown Music debut in a session that includes some new non-album songs performed in a solo piano/vocal setting.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
MiZ band - Mike Mizwinsky and his band MiZ have become quite popular on the regional scene and have been touring regionally and nationally. Mike has made a previous appearances in a solo acoustic setting, and on a live Homegrown Music concert. This segment features his electric band MiZ in a 2012 session with his fine 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.