HGR Local Music News 3/23/14

In Local Music News…

Popular nationally-signed 1990s Pittsburgh rock group The Gathering Field has begun work toward a brand new album. The group worked out song arrangements in the past several weeks, and will begin recording the new album in Tennessee next month. A summer release date is expected.

A former member of popular Philadelphia-based 1980s hitmakers The Hooters is set to release a new album. David Uosikkinen is set to release the album, Sessions, next month. Uosikkinen recorded the album with his Philadelphia all-star musician project, In the Pocket, which features members of The Hooters, The A’s, Soul Survivors, Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers, Jeffrey Gaines and more. We will premiere a song from that new release on next week’s edition of the “Homegrown Rocker.”

We reported several weeks ago about a special benefit fundraiser that had been organized for the brother of an area musician who was battling cancer. We are sad to report that Ryan Carruthers, the brother of The Hope Fallacy drummer Trey Carruthers, lost his battle with cancer on March 12 at age 33. The benefit fundraiser to celebrate Ryan’s life and courageous fight will take place thisn Saturday, March 29 at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be chances to win four box seats to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game and an autographed Penguins jersey. Donation will be $10, which includes entertainment by The Hope Fallacy, food and refreshments. Proceeds will go toward Ryan’s remaining medical expenses and to help out his surviving children.

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