Here is the recap of the August 11 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).
Once again, it was time to empty out the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes this week and explore some of the new recordings that have arrived lately. We debuted a lot of new music, including songs by Second Empire, J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights, Fatality Risen, It Is Written, Sucker, StarChild, Xander Demos, Hopscotch with Landmines and The Company You Keep. Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” dug a 1982 song by the Tom Brunner Group from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and stepped “Across State Lines” to hear a song from Baltimore rockers King Belvedere! Due to last-minute technical difficulties, we could not air “The Professor’s CD Corner” reviewing StarChild’s Volume II CD; that review will air on next week’s program.
Here is this week's playlist:
THE HAWKS BLUES BAND – “Bottom Shelf Woman”
CHRIS VIPOND AND THE STANLEY STREET BAND – “Escape”
SECOND EMPIRE – “Paradox Nightmare”
NITRO – “Uranium”
J.D. EICHER AND THE GOODNIGHTS – “Aaron”
LOVEBETTIE – “Downpour”
FATALITY RISEN – “Set Me Free”
GROUND RESONANCE – “Shred”
IT IS WRITTEN – “War for Years”
GIORNESTO – “Restless”
HATE GRENADE – “Vendetta”
SUCKER – “Fast Nights”
HALESTORM – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
STARCHILD – “One More for the Road”
XANDER DEMOS – “Chase the Sun”
TOM BRUNNER GROUP – “Drone Factor Z” (1982, Local Music Flashback)
KING BELVEDERE – “Ain’t Got No Shame” (Across State Lines)
LIES, INC. – “Invertigo”
HOPSCOTCH WITH LANDMINES – “The Basement”
SKELL – “Haven’t Decided Yet”
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – “Selectively Remember the Alamo”
Xs FOR EYES – “Orchard Street”
On our next program, we welcome the return of The Lampshades! First formed in Altoona but now calling Pittsburgh their home base, The Lampshades have been working on some new music. We will hear a new song or two, and the group may bring instruments to do a song or two live as well. We will again update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for another “Local Music Flashback,” and review StarChild’s Volume II CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” The Lampshades return to the “Homegrown Rocker,” next Sunday night!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
AUG. 25 – ALL REQUEST SPECIAL
SEPT. 1 – COVER SONG SPECIAL
SEPT. 8 – MATT OTIS (show moves to Steeler football season airtime of 9-11 p.m.)
SEPT. 15 – LIES, INC
SEPT. 22 – (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
SEPT. 29 – IT IS WRITTEN
OCT. 6 – SOLAR POWERED SUN
OCT. 13 – XANDER DEMOS
OCT. 20 – STARCHILD
OCT. 27 – LUKE PFISTER
NOV. 3 – SUMMERHILL
NOV. 10 – PATCHED TOGETHER BENEFIT PREVIEW
NOV. 24 – LOCAL MUSIC MEMORY LANE SPECIAL
DEC. 1 – THE GOOD SEEDS
DEC. 15 - (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
For the August 25 “All Request Special,” we are currently accepting your local music requests via email! If you have a local band, artist or song that you want to request, email that request to firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate “REQUEST” in the subject heading. Send your local music requests, and you may hear them on August 25!
Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to email@example.com. 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 more live music showcase events have been announced in the region for later this month. On Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24, the Route 22 Rock & Blues Festival will take place at the Lincoln Caverns Campground near Huntingdon. The event will feature a variety of music. Groups so far confirmed to perform on Friday include Rich Edmundson, GG & the Assassins, The Hawks Blues Band, Black Sun and SamarA. Saturday’s lineup includes The Dashing Saboteurs, Drew Dodson, Rhythm Sharks, Lies Inc., Strait & Miller, Hate Grenade, NailDriver, Klockwick, It Is Written and Assault Method. Advance two-day tickets are $15, or admission is $10 at the gate on Friday and $15 at the gate on Saturday. Camping will be permitted.
On Saturday, August 24, the Wagon Wheel Amphitheater in Philipsburg will host a Blues and Roots Fest, presented by PMAC Productions. That event will begin at 3 p.m., and feature blues and acoustic-geared performers. The lineup includes Felix & the Hurricanes, Eric McCrum, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, Pat McGinnis and Jason McIntyre, and Tyne & the Fastlyne. Tickets will be $10.
Huntingdon-based singer and songwriter Hannah Bingman is set to release her third studio album. The album is called Loam.
Windber-based heavy rockers Hopscotch with Landmines have parted ways with guitarist George Feathers, citing creative differences.
(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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