Here is the recap of the November 24 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 again visited the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes to see what new recordings have arrived during recent weeks. We debuted more new songs on the show from The Legendary Hucklebucks, Jukehouse Bombers, Jayke Orvis & the Broken Band, Rising Regina, Nate Myers, Rock Street Park, Cloud Party and Clyde Frog. Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” dug into the archive to pull out a 1994 number Blaz-On for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” stepped “Across State Lines” to check out a song by western Maryland’s ShadowBurn, and reviewed Royal Benson’s Dominoes & Gravity CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner.”
Here is this week's playlist:
HYBRID ICE – “Faith Without Works”
WE CAME FROM SPACE – “Solar Powered Sun”
LEGENDARY HUCKLEBUCKS – “Honky Tonk Angel”
NOBODY’S HEROES – “Reflections of My Demise”
JUKEHOUSE BOMBERS – “Last Ride”
MATT OTIS – “Slow It Down”
JAYKE ORVIS & THE BROKEN BAND – “Bound to Ride”
TED McCLOSKEY – “Never Going to Be One of Them”
GYPSY CARAVAN – “Rainy Morning”
RISING REGINA – “Whiskey”
FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “Issues”
NORMAN NARDINI – “Work Like a Dog”
NATE MYERS – “Breathe”
ROYAL BENSON – “Bird on a Wire”
ROCK STREET PARK – “Time of Our Lives”
BLAZ-ON – “Hammerhead” (1994, Local Music Flashback)
SHADOWBURN – “Stones” (Across State Lines)
LOVEBETTIE – “Are You Out There”
CLOUD PARTY – “Making Out with Kate”
CLYDE FROG – “Stand Up Wake Up”
On our next program, the area music scene will bid farewell to an Altoona area radio institution. Steve Kelsey unexpectedly passed away on Nov. 17 after suffering a stroke; he was 56. Steve influenced and impacted rock fans in the 1970s when he introduced a special radio show called “All Night Album Rock” onto the airwaves of WFBG-AM; many of those fans eventually picked up instruments and joined bands to play music that Steve featured on that program. We will pay tribute to Steve on next week’s program, as we air various comments by area musicians as they remember Steve, and we will hear music from those artists as well! We will also feature some “All Night Album Rock” archive footage as well!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
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…
Like the rest of central Pennsylvania, the area music scene is mourning the loss of Altoona area radio icon Steve Kelsey, who passed away last Sunday, November 17, following a stroke. He was 56. After first surfacing on Altoona radio airwaves in the mid-1970s, Steve became popular with listeners and an entire legion of local musicians and future musicians with his late-night weekend radio program, “All Night Album Rock,” which played the newer hard-edged rock of the day, and inspired many musicians to pick up instruments and form bands. Steve also played local bands on the program, such as Black Diamond, Piranha, Cut The Mustard and others. We will devote next Sunday’s “Homegrown Rocker” in memory of Steve Kelsey, and hear from various area musicians influenced and impacted by him on the “Local Music Remembers Steve Kelsey” special.
A special benefit show will take place in Johnstown in mid-December to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Caring for Kids Benefit will take place on Saturday, December 14 at the Turner Hall on the corner of Jackson and Railroad Street in downtown Johnstown. There will be a basket party from 2 to 4 p.m., and live music starts at 8 p.m. with a variety of performers. Taking part will be 3 Weeks Yesterday, Free Beer Bandits, Lucky Lad Green, Beyond the Purge, AKA, Paragon, Jason DeWitt and Inside Out. Donation at the door is $5 per person.
And The Sitch will help raise money for St. John the Evangelist School when they perform at Altoona’s 4D’s Lounge this Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve.
(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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