Here is the recap of the February 9 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).
Over the past few years, we have had more than a few folks ask when we would do a special devoted to local and regional blues groups and performers. This week, we answered those folks with the first-ever “Sunday Bluesday Special!” We spotlighted area bands and artists who specialize in the blues or whose sound is driven by the blues. Our journey included many different blues flavors, from traditional delta and Chicago blues to jazz blues, funk blues, rocking electric blues and much more. Along the way, we debuted new songs from Felix & the Hurricanes, Nate Myers, Natascha and the Spy Boys, and Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats. We also updated “Local Music News,” dug a 2002 song by Fat Vinny & the Wiseguys from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and reviewed Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift’s Midnight Sun CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist (with the spotlighted lady/ladies in parentheses):
THE HAWKS BLUES BAND – “Bottom Shelf Woman”
CHUCK MASON & BLUE REALITY – “Mean Mean World”
FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “My Strength and Courage”
TRIPLE THREAT – “Before You Accuse Me”
NATE MYERS – “You Know”
JUKEHOUSE BOMBERS – “Give”
NATASCHA AND THE SPY BOYS – “He’ll Do the Same Thing to You”
JOHN “JT” THOMPSON – “Hear Miss Ruthie Sing”
FRANKIE AND THE NOMADS – “Fool for Your Love”
SHANE SPEAL – “Willie Knows”
JIMMY ADLER – “Headhunters”
MISS MELANIE AND THE VALLEY RATS – “Lookin’ for a King Bee”
MIKE METTALIA & MIDNIGHT SHIFT – “The 796 (Memphis Route)”
STERLING KOCH – “Working Man’s Blues”
FAT VINNY & THE WISEGUYS – “Like a Mule” (2002, Local Music Flashback)
UNION STREET BLUES – “myspacedotcom”
TRIPLE A BLUES BAND – “Call Home Blues”
BUSHMASTER – “Drowning on Dry Land”
SKYLA BURRELL BLUES BAND – “Rockin’ in Memphis”
LITTLE BUDDY – “Heartbreaker”
Next week, we welcome our guests, Johnstown-based modern rockers The Lux Republic! We’ll meet the band members and learn their story, and hear tracks from their latest recording, Limitless! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Rock Street Park’s Make It Right in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
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
APRIL 27 – MATT OTIS
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…
News from two area groups called The House Band…The western Pennsylvania-based group The House Band has announced some personnel moves, as Josh Erhardt takes over lead guitar and backing vocals, and Dan Siegel handles lead vocals and rhythm guitar. They join band members Eric Hartman on bass and Paul Baker on drums.
Meanwhile, as the Altoona-based group The House Band takes a leave from live stage action, guitarist Tom Rhodes introduced a new band project last night at Shaw’s in Juniata. The group is called Stella’s Revenge, and features Tom on guitar, occasional banjo and mandolin, as well as Eric Wertz on drums. The group performs classic rock and blues.
And jazz will be celebrated at Penn State University’s HUB Building Heritage Hall this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights during the free “Music Is Life” festival. Organized by famed jazz percussionist, musician and composer Ronnie Burrage (who has performed with Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and others), and hosted by the Penn State Jazz Club, Guitar Club and Open Mic Club, the festival will feature musical and other performances all three nights starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s entertainment includes the band Cone Of Silence and Band Burrage; Wednesday will feature fingerstyle guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, and Thursday will feature the Okyerema Asante Band with Aeb Byrne, and the Rene McLean Band with Gary Bartz. Various poets, rappers and dancers will entertain between bands each evening. Admission all three nights 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.)
HGR Recap 2/9 - Sunday Bluesday Special!