Here is the recap of the March 23 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.
Since this show first hit the airwaves in March, 1998, one of the prominent items on the show host’s “to do” list has been to get Johnstown hard rockers Inside Out (www.insideoutrocks.com) on the show as guests. With their first album in 18 years, Unbreakable, finally on the streets, that objective has finally been realized, as the 2014 edition of Inside Out joined us on this week’s program to enlighten us about the new album, the long journey to bring it to fruition, and reflections on where they have been and where they are headed. We checked out tunes from the new album, and two lucky listeners called in to win their own copies! And since Inside Out were the guests, we devoted this week’s “Local Music Flashback” to them as well, pulling out a track from their self-titled 1993 debut CD! Along the way, we debuted a new song from Progmium, updated “Local Music News,” and we reviewed Modern Colour’s self-titled CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
THE SITCH – “Run for Your Life”
BADD SEED – “Wide Open”
INSIDE OUT – “Devils in Your Soul”
PROGMIUM – “As I Am”
INSIDE OUT – “Say”
BLOOD UNION – “Wicked”
INSIDE OUT – “Giving Myself Away”
RON GALLUCCI – “Strength”
INSIDE OUT – “Heaven”
MODERN COLOUR – “Shoot from the Hip”
INSIDE OUT – “Vampire Eyes”
INSIDE OUT – “Tell Me” (1993, Local Music Flashback)
INSIDE OUT – “Unbreakable”
Next week, we return to last month’s 18th annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg to present the winner of this year’s “Homegrown Rocker” dropbox drawing, northern Virginia-based singer/songwriter Maggie Anderson! Her CD was randomly selected from the recordings submitted into the dropbox during this year’s conference trade show, and she won an on-site interview and appearance on the “Homegrown Rocker!” We’ll learn about Maggie and her story, and hear songs from her first CD! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review a new local/regional CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
APRIL 6 – THE DAILY GRIND
APRIL 13 – THE LUX REPUBLIC
APRIL 20 – NAILDRIVER
APRIL 27 – MATT OTIS
MAY 4 – RHYNE McCORMICK
MAY 11 – PAINTED BY MILLIONS
MAY 18 – PROGMIUM
MAY 25 – MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL
JUNE 15 – FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL
JUNE 22 – COVER SONG SPECIAL
Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Local Music News…
Popular nationally-signed 1990s Pittsburgh rock group The Gathering Field has begun work toward a brand new album. The group worked out song arrangements in the past several weeks, and will begin recording the new album in Tennessee next month. A summer release date is expected.
A former member of popular Philadelphia-based 1980s hitmakers The Hooters is set to release a new album. David Uosikkinen is set to release the album, Sessions, next month. Uosikkinen recorded the album with his Philadelphia all-star musician project, In the Pocket, which features members of The Hooters, The A’s, Soul Survivors, Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers, Jeffrey Gaines and more. We will premiere a song from that new release on next week’s edition of the “Homegrown Rocker.”
We reported several weeks ago about a special benefit fundraiser that had been organized for the brother of an area musician who was battling cancer. We are sad to report that Ryan Carruthers, the brother of The Hope Fallacy drummer Trey Carruthers, lost his battle with cancer on March 12 at age 33. The benefit fundraiser to celebrate Ryan’s life and courageous fight will take place thisn Saturday, March 29 at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be chances to win four box seats to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game and an autographed Penguins jersey. Donation will be $10, which includes entertainment by The Hope Fallacy, food and refreshments. Proceeds will go toward Ryan’s remaining medical expenses and to help out his surviving children.
(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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