HGR Local Music News 5/18/14

In Local Music News…

The City Hotel in Northern Cambria has crowned a new champion in their fifth annual “Battle of the Acoustics” competition. When the dust settled, audience votes and judges’ decisions were rendered during Thursday night’s finals, it was Jarrod Bartok of Solegion taking top honors, with the duo of Chandler Weaver and Kenzie Blake finishing second and Ground Crew third. As part of his winnings, Jarrod will be the guest on the June 30 edition of the “Homegrown Rocker.”

Bedford-based country-rock group Midnight Rodeo has announced their new bass player to replace the late Roy Corle, who unexpectedly passed away in late March. Duane Sipe will take over bass duties in the group. Duane is a longtime friend of the group, and has recently been performing in the acoustic duo Dunnings Creek with Midnight Rodeo guitarist Mark Diehl.

Another area country band changing bass players is Chris Woodward and ShinDiggin,’ as Paul Rainey is departing the group. Paul’s last show with the group was last night at the Mount Union Carnival. Brianna Sheeder will take over bass duties in the group, and she made her official debut this afternoon with an acoustic performance in Shirleysburg.

“Slide Ruler” Sterling Koch and his band are working on a brand new acoustic album. The disc will feature steel guitar virtuoso Koch and his group giving acoustic makeovers to a number of classic blues and blues rock numbers, including songs from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Reed, ZZ Top, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Peter Green and more, plus an original song or two. No word on possible release dates for the disc yet.

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