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"Sunday Mornings with Scott" shines spotlight on local music


Scott Gearheart is no stranger to stages around here, but he's created a new stage online for local musicians. Every Sunday at his home in Howland, out goes the furniture and on goes the camera for "Sunday Mornings with Scott."

"The talent around here is incredible," said Scott Gearheart, who hosts the show on Facebook every week. "My heart is to just show honor to the Mahoning Valley musicians."

Scott and his wife came up with the idea around Christmas last year after a jam session in his pajamas.

"I woke up one morning and performed a song and I saw how many views it got. Facebook is such a powerful medium," said Gearheart. "But, I came out in my pajamas. Lisa came out of the bedroom and she saw my performance and she's like, Scott if you're going to do this, we need to do this right. We set up a broken I-phone and we brought lamps in and we lit the room up."

They didn't know it yet, but something incredibly meaningful for the local music scene was about to be born. Scott's long-time friend Jerry Dungan was the first guest.

"It was cool at the beginning, but we thought it was just going to be cool for us," said Dungan.

It turns out, they underestimated it by quite a bit. The show has turned into six months worth of jam sessions and interviews, getting to know all sorts of bands in the Valley.

"As you can see, his enthusiasm's infectious," said Paul Sheehan, the lead singer for Stomp N' Holler. "He's actually made me aware of local musicians I didn't know about."

"The power of social media is kind of daunting to our generation," said Dungan. "I'm in another project and we have fans in Pakistan, from Facebook."

It offers a worldwide reach for that hometown sound, and maybe Facebook is just the beginning.

"I'm setting my goals high," said Gearheart. "Stay tuned for Channel 21, Sunday Mornings with Scott. I'm coming!"

Scott says he is always looking for new acts to feature, so if you have a band in mind, let him know. The easiest way to get in touch is by sending a message to the "Sunday Mornings with Scott" facebook page.

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