Here is the recap of the March 7 edition of “The Homegrown Rocker,” which airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 PM on Q94 Classic Rock!
Several things happened on our latest program. We introduced more new music from recordings that have arrived recently – introducing new songs from Royal Honey, The Great Enough, Randall Pink, Six Bar Break, Murder For Girls, Garrett Schultz, Brother Jack and Hot Dog Boy (Tom Brunner). We also recapped the 25th annual Millennium Music Conference, which happened virtually (online) from Harrisburg and other remote locations on February 26 and 27, and played music from several of the bands and artists who participated and showcased during this year’s event. And we marked the 23rd anniversary of this program, which made its debut on the Q94 airwaves as the “Backyard Rocker” in early March, 1998! In addition, we updated “Local Music News,” dug into the vault for a live 1989 performance track from The Rolling Rockers for this week’s “Local Music Flashback” (as we remembered drummer Steve Brulia, who passed on February 24 – Thanks to Felix Kos of the Hurricanes for providing the recording!), stepped “Across State Lines” twice to hear music from New Jersey singer/songwriter Amanda Rose Riley and Georgia-based Americana artists BoDean and the Poachers, and reviewed Gelatinous Cube’s Technicolor Dreams album in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” A busy show! (For those who missed the program, a four-part podcast of this show is available for listening or download from Q94’s website, www.q94classicrock.com. Click on “The Professor’s Classroom,” and then scroll down to “Homegrown Rocker Podcast” and look for the four show segments marked with the date, 030721.)
Here is this week’s playlist:
DEREK WOODS BAND – “Nothing Rhymes with Orange”
FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “Backyard Rocker Rocks”
RANDALL PINK – “Black Velvet”
THE ROOF – “Orange Mountain Daydreams” (live)
WOJO – “Necklace in My Pocket”
MADISON RYAN – “Best of Me”
ROYAL HONEY – “Dirty Romance”
(VARIOUS ARTISTS) – “SOS2020”
THE GREAT ENOUGH – “Never Run Away”
MY HERO ZERO – “Speakers”
AMANDA ROSE RILEY – “Empty” (Across State Lines)
THE CHROME HEARTS (STEPHANIE & THE WILD HEARTS) – “Money”
SIX BAR BREAK – “Down in Black”
MURDER FOR GIRLS – “Run”
GELATINOUS CUBE – “Dominator”
GARRETT SCHULTZ – “Last Call”
THE ROLLING ROCKERS – “Rumbleseat/Fortunate Son” (live at Irish Club) (1989, Local Music Flashback)
BODEAN AND THE POACHERS – “Camping in the Wintertime” (Across State Lines)
BROTHER JACK – “Chicken Skin Shake”
HOT DOG BOY (TOM BRUNNER) – “Meat Processing Plant”
ALMOST HONEST – “Path of Failure”
We welcome a musical guest on our next program, as Altoona area singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Ferrell visits the studio! We’ll learn Bill’s story and find out his latest happenings, discuss his creative process and recent explorations of learning fingerstyle guitar techniques, and he’s bringing a guitar to play a song live for us! We’ll also update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive to pull out another “Local Music Flashback,” and review Van Wagner’s Family Guitar album in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” Hear the “Homegrown Rocker” this Sunday night (March 14) on Q94 Classic Rock – 94.3 FM and online at www.q94classicrock.com!
Upcoming guests and specials:
MARCH 21 – ST. PADDY’S DAY SPECIAL
MARCH 28 – GORDON TITTSWORTH (IMAGES OF EDEN)
APRIL 18 – BUCKSKIN WHISKEY
MAY 2 – ROADKILL
MAY 30 – MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL
JUNE 13 – THE AUSTENS
JUNE 20 – FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL
JUNE 27 – BRANDON VALENTINE (CENTRAL PA MUSIC AWARDS/HALL OF FAME)
SEPT. 19 – TONY MOLLICK
(All dates are subject to changes as circumstances warrant.)
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!
Bands and artists interested in having music aired on the show are invited to send their broadcast-quality recordings to: The Homegrown Rocker, 2513 6th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 (ATTN: Jim Price). You can also email digital song files or inquiries about the show to email@example.com.
In Local Music News…
The Altoona area music community mourned the passing of Steve Brulia on Wednesday, February 24, following a battle with cancer. Steve provided the beats behind many area bands over the past five decades, including the Rolling Rockers, FM, The Verge, Sidestep, Johnny Danger, Cosmic Lounge, and most recently, his duo with Matt Burns, Bodacious B. He also took part in a number of jam nights, and was an ardent supporter of the area music scene.
Eileen Hertweck, the wife of Rob James of The Clarks, passed away ON Saturday, February 27, following her battle with leukemia. A GoFundMe page had been established to help with Eileen’s medical expenses. Scott Blasey of The Clarks hosted a special edition of his “Live from the Blasement” live stream performance on Facebook on the evening of Feb. 27 to pay tribute to Eileen and raise funds to help Rob and their family.
Two benefit shows have been scheduled for later this month to raise funds toward JOOS Cafe in Altoona and the Mass N Tha Grass music and art festival happening later this summer. The dates for the benefit events are Tuesday evenings, March 16 and 30, with more events to be announced.
Local popular music duo Raining Blue announced this past week that they are going their separate ways after ten years of performing on area stages. Walt Yatta and Amy Williamson thanked their fans and the venues that hosted them for the support over the past decade.
Popular Reading-based dance and party band Go Go Gadjet has announced the addition of guitarist Pete McCartney to their line-up.
The Allegheny Ukulele Collective has announced the date for this year’s Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soiree event. The Soiree will take place on Saturday, May 1. The online event will feature skill workshops and performances from ukulele artists such as Aldrine Guerrero, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Neil Chin, The Naked Waiters, Amber Rozel, Melissa Nannen, Mim and more. For more information and to register for the event, visit the website www.ukulelesoiree.com.