Here is the recap of the September 15 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, we met up with bassist Kent Tonkin, singer Lily Taylor and guitarist Nate Nagle of Altoona-based modern progressive rockers Lies, Inc. (http://www.liesincrocks.com/) at an Altoona eatery location to record this week’s guest interview. The trio updated us on the latest Lies, Inc. happenings, and previewed the inaugural Halos & Harlots celebration of female musicians and artists, happening Sept. 27-28 at Aldo’s. We debuted two new Lies, Inc. numbers along the way. We also debuted new songs by Melville Walbeck, Gypsy Caravan and Wings for Armor, updated “Local Music News,” dug a 1999 number by Pittsburgh’s Shere Khan from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and we reviewed Xander Demos’ Guitarcadia CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
JEN BERTIAUX – “Paperboy”
MYCENEA WORLEY – “Low”
LIES, INC. – “Mommy Dearest”
MELVILLE WALBECK – “My Back Porch”
LIES, INC. – “Waking the Misery”
GYPSY CARAVAN – “Rainy Morning”
LIES, INC. – “Losing Ground”
WINGS FOR ARMOR – “Disappointed”
SYNESTHESIA – “Sweet Rhapsody”
FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT – “Side Steppin’ Ninja”
LIES, INC. – “The Reaper”
XANDER DEMOS – “White Knuckle Driving”
LIES, INC. – “Invertigo”
SHERE KHAN – “Enter Our Dreams” (1999, Local Music Flashback)
LIES, INC. – “Plaster Apparent”
44MAG – “Die Tonight”
Next week, September 22, there will be no “Homegrown Rocker,” as we will be pre-empted by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Sunday night game vs. the Chicago Bears. When the show returns on September 29, we will welcome Centre County metal rockers It Is Written into the studio! We will meet the band members and learn the group’s story, and hear tracks from It Is Written’s new self-titled CD! Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig a song from a past area band from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Candlelight Red’s Reclamation CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” It Is Written joins us when the “Homegrown Rocker” returns on Sunday, September 29!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
OCT. 6 – WE CAME 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
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…
The area music scene is mourning the loss of a gifted guitar player who graced area stages during the past three decades. Ed Miller passed away unexpectedly on Friday (Sept. 13) at age 46. Ed played guitar in several prominent Huntingdon County-based rock and metal bands dating back to the 1980s, including Thin Ice, Bashful, and more recently, Scream. Ed was well-liked among fellow musicians and fans, and will be sorely missed.
A special benefit concert is coming together for next Sunday, Sept. 22, to help an area musician with his medical expenses. The benefit to help out Half Tempted singer/guitarist Ron Dalansky will happen next Sunday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. at Pellegrine’s in Altoona. Dalansky is currently recovering from severe injuries suffered earlier this summer in a dirt bike accident. Performers donating their talents to the event so far include Felix & the Hurricanes, Flight 19, Locked and Loaded, the Backyard Rockers, Punk Fiction, Zombie Butterfly, Black Sun, Screamin’ Ugly and One Brick Shy.
Guitarist Tony Mollick and the group Fatality Risen have parted ways. The group is relocating their home base to the Wheeling, West Virginia area. Mollick has announced that work has begun on a new Synesthesia album, which should be available late this year or next year on Steeltown Records.
(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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