Here is the recap of the January 19 edition of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 PM on WRKY-FM (www.rocky1049.com) and WRKW-FM (www.rocky99.com).
Originally we were to have a guest this week, but as sometimes happens, things fall through. Not a problem, that just gives the show host a good excuse to clean out the mailboxes and check out some of the new local and regional tunage that has arrived in recent weeks! We debuted lots of new local and regional music, including songs from Mother Cool, the Jukehouse Bombers, Get the Picture, Elizabeth Findley and the Syncopated Keys, Tigerbomb, Summeoyo, Broken Fences, Hate Grenade and the Harlan Twins. Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” stepped “Across State Lines” to hear a song from Brooklyn, New York’s J and the 9s, dug into the archive to hear a 2002 song by Paco’s Virus, and reviewed The Arts’ Spirit World CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
GIORNESTO – “Restless”
INSIDE OUT – “Demons Inside”
MOTHER COOL – “Zoot Suit”
JUKEHOUSE BOMBERS – “Born to Hard Time”
GET THE PICTURE – “Nothing Less Than Nostalgia”
THE SITCH – “All Things Considered”
THE SYNCOPATED KEYS – “Everything Inside”
MELVILLE WALBECK – “My Back Porch”
TIGERBOMB – “Mice in the Kitchen”
BLACK RIDGE – “Chocolate Hair”
SUMMEOYO – “Two Pump Chump”
DONNIE IRIS – “Little Black Dress”
NITRO – “Uranium”
BROKEN FENCES – “Today It’s Raining on Just You”
THE ARTS – “Cross of Hendaye”
HATE GRENADE – “Reload”
PACO’S VIRUS – “Kung-Fu Grip” (2002, Local Music Flashback)
J & THE 9s – “Ball and Chain” (Across State Lines)
STARCHILD – “King of Nite”
THE HARLAN TWINS – “Sailor’s Life”
CLOUD PARTY – “The Irony of You”
On our next program, we will be joined in the studio by Indiana County-based blues rockers the Jukehouse Bombers! Formed from the remnants of Four Day Crawl, the Jukehouse Bombers will tell us their story and discuss their music; and we will hear songs from their self-titled EP! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Steve Brosky’s Grateful CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
FEB. 2 –LADIES OF LOCAL MUSIC SPECIAL
FEB. 9 – SUNDAY BLUESDAY SPECIAL
FEB. 16 – THE LUX REPUBLIC
MAR. 2 – MILLENNIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE RECAP SPECIAL
MAR. 9 – WRITING OFF TOMORROW
MAR. 16 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL
MAR. 23 – INSIDE OUT (JOHNSTOWN)
Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Local Music News…
Two benefit shows involving area bands and performers will take place in coming weeks. On Saturday, January 25, a benefit to help out area musician John Stiffler will take place at Morris’ Tavern and Restaurant in Sidman. Known as an area “one-man band” entertainer, John was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demylinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), and now needs a cane and knee braces to get around. He was accepted for a stem cell transplant at a facility in Chicago, and is incurring large medical expenses. The benefit on January 25 will start at 8 p.m., and feature performances by John and other musical friends.
A benefit concert to help out colon cancer patient Ray Dorsey will take place next month in Altoona. The Benefit for Raymond Michael Dorsey will happen on Sunday, February 9 at Pellegrine’s. The show begins at 2 p.m., and will feature performances throughout the afternoon and evening from Chelsea and Stevie Moses of E.V.K., hip-hop artist Black Ace with the Platinum Soul Jazz step team, Cousin Mike, the Backyard Rockers, Untyed, guitarist Shawn Brown, Skye 2.0, Triple Threat. Left For Dead and Bite the Bullet. Donation will be $5 at the door, and all ages are welcome.
In band personnel moves, The Hawks Blues Band has a new bass player, as Jamie Smith has replaced Jim Colyer. Jamie made his debut with The Hawks on Friday night at Teriz Place in Altoona.
And area ukulele fans have a lot more to cheer about in the New Year. The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective has begun monthly ukulele jam sessions, and has a major event happening early next month. The Second Sunday Ukulele Jam events happen the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.; the next one is scheduled for February 9 at Penn State Altoona in the Titelman Lounge area of the Misciagna Building. And the Kollective presents the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree and Uke Petting Zoo event on Sunday afternoon, February 2, also at the Misciagna Building on the Penn State Altoona campus. This event will feature a ukulele petting zoo for children and others interested in trying out the instrument, as well as beginner and intermediate workshops, “The Mighty Uke Movie, open mic uke concerts and more. That event will run from noon to 5:30 p.m., and admission is free.
(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing email@example.com.)
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