HGR Recap 12/8 - Jim Speese of Cloud Party via Phone!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the December 8 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).

Thanks to this week’s guest via phone, Jim Speese, the singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and mastermind of Reading-based rock’n’rollers Cloud Party (www.cloudpartymusic.com). Jim updated us on the latest Cloud Party happenings, including the group’s new album, The Dying Art of Living, and we heard tracks from the disc! Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” debuted new tunes from Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats and Black Ridge, dug a 2000 song by Skaterman & the Box of Death from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and reviewed Nate Myers’ It’s My Music CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Here is this week's playlist:

HOUR ONE:

RON GALLUCCI – “Something Has to Give”
MISS MELANIE AND THE VALLEY RATS – “Let’s Ride”
CLOUD PARTY – “Alive”
STERLING KOCH – “Run, Run Rudolph”
CLOUD PARTY – “Sad Eyed Rose”
DAVE BLACKLEDGE – “Your Butt’s Too Fat to Dance Like That”
CLOUD PARTY – “These Blues”
NIXON PIT CREW – “White Light”

HOUR TWO:

ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY WORLD DRUMMING ENSEMBLE – “Kpanlogo”
CLOUD PARTY – “The Superhero Song”
NATE MYERS – “Back Porch Swing”
CLOUD PARTY – “Making Out with Kate”
CLOUD PARTY – “The Ghost of Christmas Presents Past”
CLOUD PARTY – “Stay Away from My Heart”
SKATERMAN & THE BOX OF DEATH – “Scared of the Shrub” (2000, Local Music Flashback)
BLACK RIDGE – “Chocolate Hair”

The “Homegrown Rocker” gets the week off next Sunday night, December 15, so the Pittsburgh Steelers can take on the Cincinnati Bengals on the Rocky airwaves. The show will return on Sunday, December 22, with our annual Christmas Special, featuring two hours of holiday music from the area music scene! We’ll hear area bands and artists offer their takes on time-tested Christmas classics, plus original Christmas songs from the area music scene! We’ll have some new area Christmas tunes to debut for you, and we’ll review Sterling Koch’s A Steel Guitar Blues Christmas CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Upcoming guests and specials include:

DEC. 15 - (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
DEC. 22 – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
DEC. 29 – 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW SPECIAL PT. 1
JAN. 5 – 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW SPECIAL PT. 2
JAN. 12 – TONY MOLLICK
JAN. 19 – ALEX RAMSDELL
JAN. 26 – JUKEHOUSE BOMBERS
FEB. 2 – SUPER BOWL WIDOW’S SPECIAL (LADIES OF LOCAL MUSIC)
FEB. 9 – SUNDAY BLUESDAY SPECIAL
FEB. 23 – MILLENNIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE RECAP SPECIAL

Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to homegrown@foreverradio.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 profjp@rocky1049.com.

Jim Price

In Local Music News…

Another benefit show has been announced for next weekend to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The second annual Johnstown Bands Lend a Hand Benefit will take place next Saturday night, December 14, at the Conemaugh PNA with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital. The music begins at 6 p.m., with the bands Train Shop, Pound, Blue Collar Fate, Frankie & the Nomads, the original Yum with Darren Buchko on guitar and Mark Lux joining in on vocals for a special ‘Yum Digger’ segment. Donation is $5 per person.

And as previously reported, The Caring for Kids Benefit also will take place next Saturday, December 14 at the Turner Hall in downtown Johnstown to raise money for Children’s Hospital. That show will start at 8 p.m. with performances from 3 Weeks Yesterday, Free Beer Bandits, Lucky Lad Green, Beyond the Purge, AKA, Paragon, Jason DeWitt and Inside Out. Donation at the that event is also $5 per person.

As the end of the year approaches, two area bands have decided to exit area stages, while a former favorite returns to action. The Good Seeds announced that they are going their separate ways, and that band members will be surfacing in new projects. Cambria County modern rockers Juke Left have also announced their farewell after two years together. Meanwhile, popular ‘90s-era Somerset County rockers Nixon Pit Crew have reunited and are hitting area stages again. The well-known roster of singer, bassist and flute player J.D. Ross, lead guitarist Donn Ross and drummer Mike Kinsella are currently in the process of booking shows to mark their return.

And the state’s music community mourns the loss of Bloomsburg-based singer and songwriter Dave Blackledge, who passed away on Friday morning at age 63 after an extended illness. Dave was revered for his brand of witty and funny music, as he wrote a number of comedic songs and recorded several self-produced CDs, as well as his most recent, 2005’s Spread It On Thick, produced by Bret Alexander with members of the Badlees providing backup. Dave was also a strong supporter of original music, and organized several singer-songwriter festivals to promote independent singers and songwriters such as Mycenea Worley, Hannah Bingman, Rhyne McCormick, New York’s Denise Barbarita and more. He also was a columnist for Pennsylvania Musician Magazine for a few years, and briefly produced and hosted his own local music radio show on a Bloomsburg FM station before retiring last year due to his health issues. Dave was also a guest on the “Homegrown Rocker” a couple of times, and once played a show in the Altoona area with Felix & the Hurricanes. Dave will be missed, but his music will live on.

(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing homegrown@foreverradio.com.)