Here is the recap of the November 17 edition of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 9 to 11 PM on WRKY-FM (www.rocky1049.com) and WRKW-FM (www.rocky99.com).
This week, we took a long-overdue journey through the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes to see what new recordings have arrived during recent weeks. We debuted a number of new songs on the show from Painted By Millions, Red Halo, Bob Hansel, Royal Benson, Chessie and the Kittens and Psymatica. Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” dug into the archive to pull out a 1995 number from Pittsburgh’s Ashes to Ashes for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” stepped “Across State Lines” to check out a song by Puerto Rico’s Message to Venus, and reviewed It Is Written’s self-titled CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner.”
Here is this week's playlist:
NITRO – “Uranium”
LIES, INC. “Plaster Apparent”
PAINTED BY MILLIONS – “How Far”
LUKE PFISTER – “Romeo a Ghost”
TRIPLE THREAT – “Before You Accuse Me”
CHRIS RATTIE – “So Long”
RED HALO – “Fly Me Courageous”
GAS STATION DISCO – “Dancefloor”
BOB HANSEL – “Wildeyed Woman”
ROYAL BENSON – “Dominoes & Gravity”
HATE GRENADE – “Vendetta”
7TH LAYER – “Change in Me”
CHESSIE AND THE KITTENS – “Cline’s Eyeball”
IT IS WRITTEN – “Bed of Misery”
PSYMATICA – “Nurture”
ASHES TO ASHES – “Blind” (1995, Local Music Flashback)
MESSAGE TO VENUS – “Universal You” (Across State Lines)
BIG ATLANTIC – “Change”
THE LUX REPUBLIC – “Blind”
SYNESTHESIA – “Solace of Shadows”
BURDEN MY SURRENDER – “Empty Rooms”
On our next program, we will continue to catch up on new local and regional recordings that have arrived in the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes in recent weeks! We will premiere more new songs on the program! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig a song by a past area band or artist from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” step “Across State Lines” to check out music from an out-of-state band or artist, and review Royal Benson’s Dominoes & Gravity CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
DEC. 1 – LOCAL MUSIC MEMORY LANE SPECIAL
DEC. 8 – JIM SPEESE (CLOUD PARTY)
DEC. 15 - (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
DEC. 22 – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
DEC. 29 – 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW SPECIAL
JAN. 12 – TONY MOLLICK
JAN. 19 – ALEX RAMSDELL
Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “MUSIC NEWS” in the subject heading!
The “Homegrown Rocker” is available for digital download off either Rocky website after each and every show. Just check on either (www.rocky1049.com) or (www.rocky99.com) and download your copy of the show! If you live beyond the signal range of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99, you can now download west-central PA’s longest-running local music show!
Also, bands and artists are welcome to add their upcoming shows to the “Homegrown Rocker” event calendar! Go to the “Homegrown Rocker” section of either Rocky website and click on “Events,” and add your shows for free!
For regular updates on what is happening on the area music scene, pay a visit to Rockpage (www.rockpage.net). Rockpage features band links, a message board, "Homegrown Rocker" updates, live show and CD reviews in “JP’s Corner," and other local music scene information.
Bands and artists interested in having music aired on "The Homegrown Rocker" are invited to send their broadcast-quality recordings to: WRKY Radio, One Forever Drive, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; ATTN: Jim Price. Or drop the recordings off at the station during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. You can also email me with inquiries about the show at email@example.com.
In Local Music News…
A benefit concert to help the surviving family of a recent area accident victim will take place next Sunday in the Altoona area. The Benefit for Zachary David Reed will take place at 30 Something in Altoona, and raise funds to help the surviving family of Zachary Reed with funeral expenses, after Reed lost his life in an auto accident on November 3. The show will start at 2, and six area bands and artists are donating their talents; including Punk Fiction, the Backyard Rockers, Strait & Miller, Rewind, This Albatross and Root and the Fifths. A Chinese auction and other activities will take place at the benefit as well.
The performer lineup has been finalized for the upcoming second annual Mishler Bands Together for Charity concert in January. The lineup will now include Pure Cane Sugar, The Ground Crew, Born and the Beanstalk, 7th Gear, Eric McCrum, Steve Summerhill, Your Dad’s Friends, Tyne & the Fastlyne, Mama Corn, the Backyard Rockers, Pat McGinnis, Last Stand, and show organizer and emcee Vic Rizzo. The concert will take place on Saturday night, January 11 at Altoona’s historic Mishler Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the concert benefit Family Services Incorporated and the Mishler Theatre. Advance tickets can be purchased for $25 from the Mishler box office or by visiting the website www.mishlertheatre.org.
Recent “Homegrown Rocker” guests and Harrisburg-based Kiss-styled rockers StarChild have announced a new drummer, as Bobby K takes over behind the kit, replacing Lonnie Eckert.
(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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