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Homegrown Music is WVIA-FM's exclusive series which each week showcases the talents of regional contemporary music artists in recordings produced in the WVIA-FM studios by series host George Graham and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM and Saturdays at 6 PM on WVIA-HD2. A special feature during March is an encore of a memorable 2014 Homegrown Music concert with the Bog Swing Band on the 7th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

Apr. 7 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore with THE BOG SWING BAND. Led by guitarist Roy Williams, The Bog Swing Band was a kind of ad-hoc group that occasionally got together to perform spirited music in the tradition of guitarist Django Reinhardt, but with their own distinctive twists. With members from various bluegrass and fusion bands, the group brought together a lot of influences, marked by impressive musicianship. This is an encore of the group’s memorable live Homegrown Music concert performance from November 2014.
Bog Swing Band
Bog Swing Band performing live at WVIA 11/3/2014
Apr. 14 Craig Cummings. Singer songwriter Cummings is from the Baltimore area, and has been performing since a young age, but has spent much of his career as an educator, after studying education at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. But he kept his interest in music ongoing. He began performing solo in 2008, and has released four albums, including “Absolute Surprise” which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with his original songs, joined by electric guitarist Gantt Kushner.
Craig Cummings
Craig Cummings (l) with Gantt Kushner at WVIA for Homegrown Music
Apr. 21 Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. Siblings from Upstate New York, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have been attracting national audiences with their energetic blues-rock, marked by Jocelyn’s powerful vocals. The group recently released a mostly acoustic album, but this is an encore of their very electric full-band Homegrown Music debut in 2016.
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt (center) in studio for Homegrown Music.
Apr. 28 John Michael Hersey. Veteran artist John Michael Hersey’s career has included being musical director for the doo-wop group Speedo and the Cadillacs. His experience led to his published book “Forever Doo-Wop.” He has also had a career as an actor. He recently released his 12th album “Dreamtime.” This encore presents his 2019 Homegrown Music debut in a solo acoustic setting.
John Michael Hersey
John Michael Hersey at WVIA.

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