Here is the recap of the March 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).
Thanks to our guests this week, Joe Canfield and Bill Wiltrout of western PA/West Virginia-based heavy rocking powerhouse Writing Off Tomorrow (www.writingofftomorrow). We learned about the band and its story, and heard recorded songs from them! Along the way, we debuted new tunes from On The Run, Second Empire and Lady Beast. We updated “Local Music News,” and dug into the archive for a 1987 song from Thin Ice! And we reviewed We Came From Space’s How to Be Human CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
FLIGHT 19 – “Crank It Up”
ON THE RUN – “Monsters Like Me”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “All the Blood I Need”
SECOND EMPIRE – “Hold Me (Til We’re Both Dead)”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Wither, Bleed & Scream”
LADY BEAST – “Lady Beast”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Hopeless Case”
LIES, INC. – “Invertigo”
NAILDRIVER – “Phoenix”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Slave”
WE CAME FROM SPACE – “Cat Caught Rat”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Into the Fade”
THIN ICE – “R.I.P. Ride” (1987, Local Music Flashback)
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Stranger’s Eyes”
Next week, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the “Homegrown Rocker” will get its Irish up with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Special! We’ll spotlight Irish and Celtic-themed bands and performers of the area music scene, as well as Irish-themed songs by area bands and artists! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News” and dig into the archive for an Irish-themed “Local Music Flashback!”
Upcoming guests and specials include:
MAR. 23 – INSIDE OUT (JOHNSTOWN)
MAR. 30 – MAGGIE ANDERSON (MILLENNIUM DRAWING WINNER)
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 25 – MEMORIAL DAY 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…
Two benefit events will happen on Friday night to help victims of a recent fire in Hollidaysburg. Proceeds will help people and families affected by the building fire in downtown Hollidaysburg on February 27. The Help Hollidaysburg Benefit will take place at Pellegrine’s starting at 7 p.m. Bands and performers donating their talents to that event include Klockwick, Emberstitch, New Trick, Wreathbearer and The Dashing Saboteurs. There will be door prizes and a Chinese auction as well.
Meanwhile, the Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir will perform at the Allegheny Street Coffee Company on the Hollidaysburg Diamond starting at 7 p.m. The group will be collecting money and in-kind donations to benefit those who lost their homes in the fire.
Another benefit show is coming together on Saturday night, March 22 at the Tyrone American Legion to help out an injury victim. The Jam, Nobody’s Heroes and Pat McGinnis & Chuck Knepper will perform to help raise money for Jessica Conrad Finochio, who suffered serious back injuries in a New Year’s Eve auto accident and is unable to work and earn money for her family. 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.
(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing email@example.com.)