Local independent radio station WFIV-FM, myi105, is gearing up for the second edition of its “Homegrown for the Holidays,” a CD of holiday music by local artists sold to benefit a local charity.
The proceeds from sales of last year’s CD benefited Knox Area Rescue Ministries; the whole thing is an outgrowth of i105’s “Homegrown” show, hosted by Joe Stutler. Joe (and station GM Tony Cox) are big believers in the local music scene, and “Homegrown” — which broadcasts every week from Preservation Pub in downtown Knoxville — showcases local talent. “Homegrown for the Holidays” will feature 12 local acts recording Christmas songs for the CD.
The charity that will benefit from the CD is still being determined. New for this year, Cox told me — the artists involved are all contributing original holiday songs. Some, like Scott Miller, are donating a song to the CD; others will be recording their tracks on Sunday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 20. Those recording sessions will take place at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. The artists down to record those two days include Ryan Michaels, Hudson K, Martha Christian, The Songbirds, The Hotshot Freight Train, Brent Thompson, Roman Reese, Sarah Pirkle, Matt Woods, Scott McMahan, Karen E. Reynolds, The Drunk Uncles and Cutthroat Shamrock.
More information on the project will be released in the coming weeks, including word on whether there will be a similar release show as last year, which featured numerous acts on the album performing at “The Shed.”