HGR Recap 3/16 - St. Patrick's Day Special!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the March 16 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). The show can also be streamed via either Rocky website, www.rocky1049.com or www.rocky99.com.

With this week’s show falling on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, it is only logical that we presented this year’s installment of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Special! We allowed the area music scene to get its Irish up, as we spotlighted Irish- and Celtic-themed area bands and artists, as well as Irish-themed songs from the area music scene! Along the way, we debuted a new song from The Arts, updated “Local Music News,” dug into the archive to pay homage to the late Dan Myers and the Irish Rattlers for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and stepped “Across State Lines” to hear a song from Baltimore-based Irish folk duo Nua!

Here is this week's playlist:


THE CLOVER – “Kiss Me I’m Irish Today”
THE CLOVER – “One Part Whiskey”
TREE THE BAND – “Wild Rover”
TREE THE BAND – “Star of the County Down”
THE ARTS – “Celtic Tale”
ASHES FOR TREES – “Beagan agus a ra go maith”
CEANN – “The Sun Is Still My Least Favorite Star”
CEANN – “Moron with the Bodhran”
MICHAEL O’BRIAN BAND – “Whiskey in the Jar”
MICHAEL O’BRIAN BAND – “Whiskey You’re the Devil”
JERRY BURSKEY – “Liver Full O’Liquor”


KILMAINE SAINTS – “Amazing Grace/The Saints Are Up!”
KILMAINE SAINTS – “Painting Paradise Square”
MISCHIEF BREW – “A Liquor Never Brewed”
WINE OF NAILS – “The Blight of the Emerald Isle”
DEAD IRISH BLUES – “Irish Volunteers”
IRISH RATTLERS – “Dear Boss” (2004, Local Music Flashback)
NUA – “The Curve” (Across State Lines)
FULL KILT – “Come Have a Drink with the Band”
FULL KILT – “Ride On”
FULL KILT – “No Man’s Land”
FULL KILT – “Free Bird”

Next week, we welcome the long-awaited arrival of Johnstown rockers Inside Out on the program! And along with that, we welcome the long-awaited third CD by Inside Out, Unbreakable, which we will discuss and hear tracks from, plus listeners will have opportunities to call in to win their own copy! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review a new local CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Upcoming guests and specials include:


Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to homegrownrocker@gmail.com (new email address). 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 change in crew has occurred with area party rockers Flight 19. The group has parted ways with singer/bassist Denny Frank, and Rogan Allen takes over bass duties on the “Party Plane.” Rogan made his debut aboard the Flight 19 “Party Plane” Friday night at the annual Mac’s Irish Bash at Altoona’s Jaffa Shrine.

A benefit show to help out an area breast cancer patient will take place next Saturday night at Pellegrine’s. The “Raising Money for Sue” benefit will raise money for Sue Kies, and will start at 6 p.m. Performers donating their time and talents next Saturday include Lucky Lad Green, Root and the Fifths, The Sitch, Stone Bridge Blues Band, Without A Cause and the Backyard Rockers. Donation at the door will be $5 per person. Tommy Edwards and yours truly of Rocky 104.9 will be emceeing that event, next Saturday at Pellegrine’s.

Also next Saturday night, The Supermom Benefit will happen at the Tyrone American Legion to help out Jessica Conrad Finochio, who suffered serious back injuries in a late December auto accident. The Jam, Nobody’s Heroes and Pat McGinnis & Chuck Knepper will perform. The show will start at 7 p.m., and there will be basket giveaways and a Chinese auction. Tickets are $6.00 or two for $10.00 and can be purchased at JC’s Barber Shoppe in Tyrone or Allied On-Guard Protective Services in Altoona.

City Hotel in Northern Cambria will soon start their fifth annual “Battle of the Acoustics” competition. The competition will take place on consecutive Thursday nights starting March 27 and lasting through early May, as acoustic-geared groups will show their stuff during the preliminary rounds, with winners from each night moving on to semifinal and final round competition, with prizes for the top three performers. The winning performer will receive a guest appearance on the “Homegrown Rocker” later this spring. Partial proceeds from “Battle of the Acoustics” will help out youth sports organizations in the Northern Cambria area. Acoustic performers interested in entering this year’s battle are invited to contact the City Hotel.

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