HGR Recap 8/24 - Guest Ron Gallucci Joins Us!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the August 24 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.

Thanks to our guest this week, Ron Gallucci (www.rongallucci.com), for an interesting and insightful interview! Ron has just issued his third solo CD, Strength; we featured songs from the disc, and got Ron’s thoughts on his new music, the creation of the album and his career at the moment. Along the way, we debuted new songs from the Sterling Koch Trio, Borrowed Time and Felix & the Hurricanes, updated “Local Music News,” dug into the archive for a 1997 song by State College’s Box, and reviewed Blues Evolution’s Inspired CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Here is this week's playlist (with spotlighted musicians and years in parentheses):


THE SITCH – “Hill Billy Psycho”
BLACK RIDGE – “Let It Roll”
RON GALLUCCI – “Long Time”
STERLING KOCH TRIO – “Nothin’ But the Blues”
RON GALLUCCI – “Beautiful Girl” 87AF
BORROWED TIME – “I’m In a Blues Band Mama”
FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “Rise River Rise”


THE JIVE TURKEYS – “Saturday Night Fish Fry”
MODERN COLOUR – “J.B. Walkin’”
RON GALLUCCI – “Hollywood”
BLUES EVOLUTION – “Inspiration”
RON GALLUCCI – “Survive”
BOX – “These Holes” (1997, Local Music Flashback)
RON GALLUCCI – “How Can I Fly”
BLOOD UNION – “One Way to Rot”

On our next program, we again clean out the mailboxes! We will check out new local and regional recordings that have arrived at “Homegrown Rocker” headquarters in recent weeks, meaning a lot of new music will be played! 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,” step “Across State Lines” to explore a piece of recorded music from an out-of-state band or artist, and review Matt Otis & the Sound’s self-titled CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”

Upcoming guests and specials include:


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…

Several music-related events are coming together for next month. The second annual Halos & Harlots concert and female artist showcase will happen on Saturday, September 27 at McGarvey’s in Altoona. The event is being hosted by Lies, Inc, and presented by Placid Promotions. Starting at 2 p.m., Halos & Harlots will feature a day-long slate of female-led musical entertainment, beginning with acoustic acts and leading into hard rock acts by evening. Some of the names already confirmed for this year’s Halos & Harlots include Lies, Inc., Sucker, Melville Walbeck, the Leeja Stark Band, The Signature Vibe, ShadowBurn, Mycenea Worley and Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats. Proceeds from the event will help out Family Services of Blair County.

Family Services of Blair County will also present their fifth annual Family Fest on Saturday, September 20 from noon to 5 p.m. at Duncansville Community Park. The event will feature games, food, face painting, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Musical entertainment announced thus far includes the Backyard Rockers, Strings Radio and Mo Yon. Admission to the event is free.

That same day, September 20, area country performer Elaini will host the Sing A Song contest as part of a three-day festival presented by the nonprofit organization Our Community Cares. The singing contest will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Captain Jack Lion Club Park in Mill Creek, Huntingdon County (near the traffic light intersection along Route 22). There will be two age divisions, 12 and younger, and 13 and older. Registration for the 12 and under division is $5, while registration for 13 and older is $10, with entry fee proceeds helping Our Community Cares. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in both age divisions, and winners will be determined by a judging panel of local and regional musicians. The event will also feature singing performances by Kira Burley and Elaini.

And registrations are now being accepted for next year’s 19th annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg. The event will be held from February 19 through 22 at the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, with music showcases taking place at some 30 different venues throughout the Harrisburg area. The conference features two afternoons of music business panels, clinics, workshops, networking, day stage, one-on-one mentoring & demo listening sessions, and industry trade show. Early bird registration is being accepted through December 31, and the deadline for performer and band submissions to showcase at Millennium is November 20. For more information or to register, visit the conference website, www.musicconference.net.

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