Here is the recap of the September 1 edition of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 9 to 11 PM on WRKY-FM (www.rocky1049.com) and WRKW-FM (www.rocky99.com).
This week, for the Labor Day holiday weekend, we resurrected one of our most popular specials, the “Cover Song Special!” We spotlighted area bands and artists as they covered song material from other people and bands, often giving their cover material a distinctive makeover! Among the new entries on this edition of the “Cover Song Special,” cigar box guitar specialist Shane Speal’s delta-bluesy lean on Rush’s “Working Man,” Biscuit Jam’s Americana-flavored version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” Kiss tribute enthusiasts StarChild updating Tommy James/Joan Jett’s “Crimson and Clover” and more! Along the way, we updated “Local Music News,” and dug a 2001 Rolling Stones cover from Altoona-based Stones tribute act Jumpin’ Jack Flash for this week’s “Local Music Flashback!”
Here is this week's playlist:
DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS – “Soul Man” (Sam & Dave)
CLINT CAROTHERS & FRIENDS – “Marseilles” (Angel City )
STARCHILD – “Crimson & Clover” (Tommy James/Joan Jett)
CANDLELIGHT RED – “She’s Got the Look” (Roxette)
NEON SWING X-PERIENCE – “Jump Jive and Wail” (Louis Prima)
JEFFREY GAINES – “In Your Eyes” (live) (Peter Gabriel)
MAMA CORN – “Fearless” (performed live on the air 10/10/10) (Pink Floyd)
BISCUIT JAM – “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin)
FULL KILT – “Free Bird” (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
SHANE SPEAL – “Working Man” (Rush)
THE BACKYARD ROCKERS – “Copperhead Road” (Steve Earle)
TRIPLE THREAT – “Before You Accuse Me” (Bo Diddley)
MONSTER TRACK SUPERGROUP – “Day After Day” (Badfinger)
BEN DUMM AND THE DEVIANTS – “40 Days” (Chuck Berry/Ronnie Hawkins)
JUMPING JACK FLASH – “Heart of Stone” (Rolling Stones) (2002, Local Music Flashback)
RICH EDMUNDSON – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
BORN AND THE BEANSTALK – “Find the Cost of Freedom/Ohio” (performed live on the air 6/16/13 (Crosby Stills Nash & Young)
THE HAWKS BLUES BAND – “Born Under a Bad Sign” (live) (Albert King)
THE HOUSE BAND (Altoona) – “Pretzel Logic” (Steely Dan)
FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “Green Grass and High Tides” (live) (The Outlaws)
On our next program, we welcome the return of Bedford-based singer and songwriter Matt Otis! Matt will get us caught on his latest happenings, including plans for a possible world tour! He will bring a guitar and do a song or two live for us as well! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” and dig a song from a past area band from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review The Standing Cinema’s Modern Escape CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” Matt Otis returns to the “Homegrown Rocker,” next Sunday night at our new football season air time of 9 to 11 p.m.!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
SEPT. 15 – LIES, INC
SEPT. 22 – (NO SHOW DUE TO STEELERS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)
SEPT. 29 – IT IS WRITTEN
OCT. 6 – WE COME FROM SPACE
OCT. 13 – XANDER DEMOS
OCT. 20 – STARCHILD
OCT. 27 – LUKE PFISTER
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
JAN. 12 – FATALITY RISEN
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…
Altoona-based metal rockers NailDriver have launched a campaign on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.com to fund their video for the original song, "Phoenix" from their upcoming debut CD. NailDriver has been selected by New York City-based filmmaker and producer Chris Cayden to provide original music for his upcoming drama series, Blood Of Kings, and the accompanying original soundtrack, The Walk. Blood Of Kings is a dark drama about power and corruption surrounding an independent Mixed Martial Arts fight promotion in New York City. This video will be included as a vital part of the final production package as the series is presented to various major cable companies, television, networks and multi-media outlets.
A special event celebrating female artistry will happen in the Altoona area later this month. The inaugural “Halos and Harlots, A Celebration of Female Music & Art,” will take place Sept. 27-28 at Aldo’s, spotlighting female-fronted music and creations. The two nights will feature different flavors of music. Mycenea Worley, Jen Bertiaux, Pure Cane Sugar and Gypsy Caravan are among the performers during the Sept. 27 “Heaven” showcase with a focus on acoustic music and alternative; while Lies, Inc., Cassandra Syndrome, Shadowburn, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot and Sixteen Cylinder will perform during the Sept. 28 “Hell” showcase, with an emphasis on hard rock and metal-flavored music.
(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 9/1/13: Cover Song Special!