HGR recap 5/12/13: Emptying the Mailboxes Again!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the May 12 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).

We were originally to have a band guest on this week’s program, but the logistics didn’t work out for getting the interview recorded in time – we will reschedule The Big Time for later this year! Instead, we dug into the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes to check out new recordings that have arrived in recent weeks, and spent this week’s show debuting lots of new tracks. We aired new songs from Treehouse, Lovebettie, John Hahn, AED, Rodger Delany, Xander Demos, Tommy Ukulele, Skarma Sutra, Inside Out and Seas We Fear to Sail! Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” dug a 1996 song by Altoona/Tyrone studio project John Henry Vs. The Machine from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” stepped “Across State Lines” to check out music from Delaware’s Noelle Picara, and reviewed Coastal Remedy’s self-titled CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Here is this week's playlist:

HOUR ONE:

THE SITCH – “Run for Your Life”
RAPID FIRE – “Unbreakable”
TREEHOUSE – “I Follow the Echo”
PURE CANE SUGAR – “Designated Driver”
LOVEBETTIE – “Downpour”
THE HAWKS BLUES BAND – “Bottom Shelf Woman”
JOHN HAHN – “Next Day Air”
RUKKUS – “Ashamed”
AED – “The Teddy Bear War”
LYONNESSE – “Munchin”

HOUR TWO:

NITRO – “Uranium”
BADD SEED – “Wide Open”
RODGER DELANY – “Blind”
COASTAL REMEDY – “Broken Pieces”
XANDER DEMOS – “Under a Darkened Sky”
JOHN HENRY VS. THE MACHINE – “Revolution” (1996, Local Music Flashback)
NOELLE PICARA – “What’s A Woman” (Across State Lines)
TOMMY UKULELE – “Happy Hat”
SKARMA SUTRA – “When Darkness Comes”
FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT – “Something”
INSIDE OUT – “Giving Myself Away”
SEAS WE FEAR TO SAIL – “Give ‘Em Hell”

On our next program, we will preview the upcoming annual “Day Of Rock” Easter Seals benefit concert, this year happening on Saturday, June 1 at the Saxton Sportsmen’s Club. We will be joined by organizers Steve Moore and Randy Wilson, as well as members of several of the bands taking part in this year’s concert! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Mycenea Worley’s Siren CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

And 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!

Upcoming guests and specials include:

MAY 19 – “DAY OF ROCK” PREVIEW
MAY 26 – MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL
JUNE 2 – GROUND RESONANCE
JUNE 9 – SUMMERHILL
JUNE 16 – FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL w/BORN & THE BEANSTALK
JUNE 30 – BIG ATLANTIC
JULY 7 – MYCENEA WORLEY
JULY 14 – ALL REQUEST SPECIAL
JULY 21 – RICH EDMUNDSON
AUG. 4 – THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT SPECIAL
AUG. 18 – THE LAMPSHADES

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…

A special benefit concert is coming together for mid-July to help out an area musician battling mercury poisoning. The Mercury Poisoning Awareness Benefit for Brian Cupples will take place on Sunday, July 14, starting at 2 p.m. at the Bavarian Aid Society in Altoona. The proceeds from the show will help out Brian, a longtime area guitar player and singer, who has been battling the effects of long term mercury poisoning. Performers that have been confirmed thus far for the event include Skye 2.0, Fred Myers & the Redneck Majority, The House Band, The Backyard Rockers, Pete Caccamo, and a special jam session featuring the Mercury Planet All Star Band. Advance tickets will cost $12, and will be available soon.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association has announced a free concert for next month featuring national recording group 10,000 Maniacs. The concert will take place on Friday night, June 14, at People’s Natural Gas Park near downtown Johnstown. Johnstown-based rhythm and blues group Smooth Sound will kick off the show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required to enter the venue; for a list of ticket locations, visit the website www.floodcitymusic.com.

Billy Price has issued his first studio recording since 2009. The new album, Strong, features Billy and the Billy Price Band, along with special guests Monster Mike Welch, Fred Chapellier, and Mark Wenner and Mark Stutso of the Nighthawks. The CD can be obtained through Billy Price’s website, www.billyprice.com.