HGR Local Music News 1/12/14

In Local Music News…

A member of the Pittsburgh area country rockers East Coast Turnaround became tired of drugs and street violence in his hometown, Jeannette, and decided to do something about it. The group’s lead singer and guitarist, Chad Fetty, moved to action after an early November drive-by shooting incident in Jeannette. He organized a rally called “We Are One…A Rally for Peace,” which took place last Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4, on the steps of Jeannette’s city hall. The event featured guest speakers, before a community march down Clay Avenue, which ended with an acoustic performance by East Coast Turnaround and other musicians at Jeannette’s Keynote Café.

Longtime central PA musician Pat McGinnis is putting the finishing touches on his soon-to-be-released first album. The album will feature original songs with folk, blues, country and Americana flavors. Pat is helped out on the album by a variety of guests, including members of the Hurricanes, Pure Cane Sugar, Jason McIntyre, Mark Ross, Dawn Kinnard and more. The album should drop in late March or April.

Rewind, the band that formed late last year from the remnants of Screamin’ Ugly, has announced that they are going their separate ways.

The area music scene mourns the passing of David Gracey, who died on January 4 at age 64. Dave was a drummer, and played for several area bands in the 1960s and 70s.

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