Here is the recap of the August 18 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 this week’s guests, reunited Altoona-turned-Pittsburgh indie rockers The Lampshades (http://thelampshades.net/). We learned the latest happenings with the group, and heard tracks from their forthcoming new recording Numbskull Nothinghead, plus singer/guitarist Jaren Love brought an acoustic guitar and played one live! Along the way, we debuted new songs by Cloud Party, The Sitch and The Jellybricks. We also updated “Local Music News,” dug a 1994 song by State College’s Man Alive from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and reviewed StarChild’s Volume II CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
THE GRANATI BROS. – “The Sun in Your Eyes”
MYSTERYTRAIN – “Hustlin’ Jones” (performed live 2011)
THE LAMPSHADES – “Floating”
CLOUD PARTY – “Nowhere and Everywhere”
THE LAMPSHADES – “Police Scanner”
THE SITCH – “Hill Billy Psycho”
THE LAMPSHADES – “Atlanta”
SHELDON PORT – “Broken Down”
THE SUNFLOWER SPECTACLE – “Carnival”
THE LAMPSHADES – “Teenage Soul”
STARCHILD – “Her Amazing Grace”
THE LAMPSHADES – “Liberty vs. Security” (performed live on the air)
MAN ALIVE – “Take Away” (1994, Local Music Flashback)
THE LAMPSHADES – “Bored”
THE JELLYBRICKS – “Dead End Girl”
On our next program, YOU pick the local music we play! We are attempting another “All-Request Special,” where your requests determine the local bands, artists and songs we play! To get your local music request on the show, email it to email@example.com before the end of this Wednesday, August 21. Requests received by then will be considered for airplay on next week’s show! Let us know what local music you want to hear on the “All-Request Special” edition of the “Homegrown Rocker,” next Sunday night!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
SEPT. 1 – COVER SONG SPECIAL
SEPT. 8 – MATT OTIS
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. 8 – JIM SPEESE (CLOUD PARTY)
DEC. 15 - (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
DEC. 22 – CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
DEC. 29 – 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW SPECIAL
With football season arriving shortly, we remind everybody that both Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99 carry Pittsburgh Steelers football, and due to the possibility of late-running Sunday afternoon games and programming, the “Homegrown Rocker” will move to its football season air time – one hour later – effective with the September 8 program. So throughout football season, the show will air from 9 to 11 p.m. (until the Steelers’ season has concluded). So the “Homegrown Rocker” will air one hour later starting September 8.
Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
In Local Music News…
Numerous band personnel moves top our look at this week’s Local Music News…
The “Party Plane” is changing two crew members…Bassist Mark Triforo has parted ways with Flight 19, and Denny Frank has replaced him. Denny boards the “Party Plane” as his trio A.X.E. plays out their final shows. And as previously reported, Paul Carraciolo takes over Flight 19’s drum kit at the end of this month, as Clint Carothers exits the group and A.X.E. to pursue a career opportunity in Nashville.
Mama Corn’s cornfield grows a little taller with the addition of an upright bass player. The group has added Bryan Homan to their full-time roster, replacing electric bassman Kelly Montgomery. Bryan has played upright bass on stage with the Altoona bluegrassers as a guest on numerous occasions in the past.
Locked and Loaded has locked and reloaded with a new lead guitarist, as Dan McConnell, Jr. takes over for Brad Lego, who is joining the ranks of Johnstown-based southern rockers Bite The Bullet.
Up Your Arsenal has parted ways with vocalist Andrew Culp, and will continue as a trio for the time being.
Bassist Mandy Coover has parted ways with Philipsburg rockers Rukkus. Mandy is returning to acoustic music, and has formed a new acoustic duo with Chris Kane called Left Of Center. Rukkus is currently seeking a replacement bass player.
York-based beach song specialist Dani Hoy has just released her second full-length CD, called Songs of Love & The Ocean.
And we close Local Music News with reminders of several notable outdoor events happening next weekend… Next Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24, the Route 22 Rock & Blues Festival takes place at the Lincoln Caverns Campground near Huntingdon. Also next Saturday, the Wagon Wheel Amphitheater in Philipsburg will host a Blues and Roots Fest starting at 3 p.m. The inaugural Pickin’ for Wishes Bluegrass Festival to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation also happens next Saturday starting at noon at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club. And the annual Kids Come First Benefit: 22nd End Of Summer Jam takes place next Sunday, August 25 at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
HGR Recap 8/18/13 - We Welcome The Lampshades!