HGR Recap 7/6 - Emptying the Mailboxes!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the July 6 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 no guests scheduled for this week, we again took the opportunity to empty the mailboxes, and check out some of the new recordings that have arrived at “Homegrown Rocker” headquarters in recent weeks. That meant a lot of new music on this week’s show; we introduced new tunes from Mama Corn, the Chris Bell Band, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, Wings for Armor, Mason Porter, Stage Hands, The Daily Grind, Blood Union and The Lux Republic. Along the way, we also updated “Local Music News”; dug a 1999 song by Anarchaos from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” stepped “Across State Lines” to check out a track from Baltimore’s Silvertung, and reviewed Pure Cane Sugar’s Live at the State Theatre CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Here is this week's playlist:

HOUR ONE:

NITRO – “Uranium”
LOVEBETTIE – “Are You Out There”
MAMA CORN – “Someday Knock on Wood”
BISCUIT JAM – “When I’m Gone”
CHRIS BELL BAND – “No Big Deal”
MILEUNDER – “Spacegirl”
WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING – “Black n’ Blues” (live)
WINGS FOR ARMOR – “Disappointed”
MASON PORTER – “The Water Rolls Away”
OVERHEAD – “Little Room”
STAGE HANDS – “The Populating of Empty Space”

HOUR TWO:

C. LEE SIMMONDS & LEEJA STARK – “Charming Arms”
LIES, INC. – “Plaster Apparent”
THE DAILY GRIND – “The Answer”
PURE CANE SUGAR – “Gimme Some of the Good Stuff” (live)
BLOOD UNION – “One Way to Rot”
ANARCHAOS – “Lost Generation” (1999, Local Music Flashback)
SILVERTUNG – “Coming Alive” (Across State Lines)
AFTER THE FALL – “One Shot”
THE LUX REPUBLIC – “Forget Me Knots”
WRITING OFF TOMORROW – “Wither Bleed & Scream”

On our next program, our guests will be western PA hard rockers After The Fall! Set to issue a new EP, we will find out the latest After The Fall happenings, hear tracks from the EP, and preview the upcoming Rock for Life, happening in early August at Iselin Ballfield in Iselin! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig a song by a past area band from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Wings That Buzz’s self-titled CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” After The Fall on the “Homegrown Rocker,” next Sunday night!

Upcoming guests and specials include:

JULY 20 – CATS IN CONGRESS
JULY 27 – THE DAILY GRIND
AUG. 3 – LOCAL MUSICIANS THEN AND NOW SPECIAL
AUG. 10 – RON GALLUCCI

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…

Harrisburg’s StarChild is now rocking to the beat of a different drummer, as Timmy Vincent takes over behind the drum kit, replacing Brandon Reece. Timmy makes his official debut with StarChild on July 19 when the group plays at Johnny Joe’s in Mechanicsburg.

And next weekend marks the return of the annual Gigaroo festival to the Iselin Ballfield in Iselin, west of Indiana. That event will run on Friday night and Saturday, July 11 and 12, and feature a variety of bands and performers while raising money for Mooseheart Charities. The music kicks off Friday evening at 6 p.m. and feature music from Naked Sunday, the Stevie J Band, Stonehouse, Dimwit and Slant6. Music then resumes on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the bands Suffacate, Broke Stranded & Ugly, 3 Dudes Chillin,’ Lovesick, Zion Cross, Silk 9, Rokbot, Zero Fame, After the Fall and Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. Donation is $20 per person, and the event is all ages.

Also at the Iselin Ballfield, the 15th annual Rock for Life benefit will take place on August 1st and 2nd, raising money to help out a western Pa youngster battling a debilitating condition. This year’s recipient of the proceeds will be 13-year-old Abby Bowser, battling several conditions that require a liver transplant. Bands performing during that event include national recording group XFactor1, along with Skell, After the Fall, Big House Pete, All My Monsters, Sicksense, Ill Fated, Stratega, Padded Room, Slant 6, KGB, Hit-n-Miss, 90 Amp Fuse, Suffacate, Amber-Alexis, Stevie J Band, Hooch and Broken Stranded & Ugly.

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