Here is the recap of the February 2 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).
Again, we knew we were up against a major event in the sporting world this week. Since the game was pretty much over by 20 seconds into the third quarter, we thank everybody who tuned into the “Homegrown Rocker” this week to check out our annual “Ladies of Local Music” Special, as we spotlighted the women who create and perform music on area and regional stages! Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” dug a 2002 song by Clove from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and reviewed Nina Scarcia’s Wash Away CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist (with the spotlighted lady/ladies in parentheses):
HALESTORM (Lzzy Hale – vocals/guitar/keys)– “Rock Show”
TONY N STACY (Stacy Feighner – vocals) – “Not Ready Yet”
JEN BERTIAUX (Jen – vocals/guitar) – “Distraction”
PURE CANE SUGAR (Natalie Race – vocals, Molly Countermine – vocals/percussion, Kate Twoey – vocals/guitar) – “My Favorite Song”
POST TRAUMATIK (Chelsea Stiles – vocals) – “Set You Free”
LIES, INC. (Lily Taylor – vocals) – “Plaster Apparent”
ANGELA DODSON (Angela – vocals) – “Ready and Willing”
JENNY DRUMMEY BAND (Jenny – vocals/guitar) – “Say You Will”
THE LUX REPUBLIC (Carly – vocals/keys) – “Define”
STARCHILD (Sharon Militello – bass/vocals) – “Crimson and Clover”
THE CREW OF THE HALF MOON (Katie Rhodes – vocals/harmonica) – “A Bed of Green”
LOVEBETTIE (Alexandra Naples – vocals/keys) – “Downpour”
GYPSY CARAVAN (Jen Brickner – vocals) – “Rainy Morning”
THE SYNCOPATED KEYS (Elizabeth Findley – vocals/keys) – “Everything Inside”
NINA SCARCIA (Nina – vocals/guitar) – “Wrong Kind of Man”
OVERHEAD (Wendy Hanson – vocals/guitar, Eileen Christman – bass/keys/fiddle)– “Midnight Sun”
CLOVE (Jennifer Cerreta – vocals/guitar) – “Dive” (2002, Local Music Flashback)
K8 (Kate – vocals/guitar) – “Orion”
ATTRACTED TO SYN (Amanda Coleman – vocals) – “Save the Day”
GG & THE ASSASSINS (G.G. Bowser – vocals) – “Talk Is Cheap”
FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT (Abby Krizner – vocals/bass) – “Blue Jesus”
RISING REGINA (Kiki and Jess Young – vocals/guitars) – “The Road Less Traveled”
Next week, by your request, we introduce a first-time special. We will spotlight two hours of music from local and regional blues performers on our first-ever “Sunday Bluesday Special!” We will feature a variety of blues and blues-rooted sounds from across the state, and expose the wealth of blues-rooted talent we have in this region! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a blues-geared “Local Music Flashback,” and review a new local/regional blues-geared CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
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)
APRIL 6 – THE DAILY GRIND
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…
A special benefit fundraiser has been organized for late March to help out the brother of an area musician who is battling cancer. Ryan Carruthers, the brother of The Hope Fallacy drummer Trey Carruthers, is currently hospitalized and battling a rare form of cancer called M.D.S. The benefit fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 29 at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society, from 7 to 11 p.m. Donation will be $10, which includes entertainment by The Hope Fallacy, food and refreshments. Proceeds will help with Ryan’s medical payments.
State College blues performers Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats have issued their second full-length CD. The album is called You’re All I Got, and it features eight new original songs and two remakes. We will debut a track from that album on next Sunday night’s “Sunday Bluesday” special edition of the “Homegrown Rocker.”
Female-fronted hard progressive rockers Lies, Inc. have a new guitar player, as former Rain Must Fall guitarist Jarrett Bickel takes over for Nate Nagle, who is departing the group due to school-related reasons. Jarrett’s first official appearance with Lies, Inc. will be on March 1 at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh during the Female Voices of Metal concert.
(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing email@example.com.)
HGR Recap 2/2 - Ladies of Local Music Special!