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Jim Price

Joined: 07 Dec 2002
Posts: 4618
Location: Altoona, PA

 Post Posted: Sunday Jul 18, 2021 
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Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the July 11 edition of "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 PM on Q94 Classic Rock!

Thanks to this week's guest, Danville-based singer, songwriter, educator and Pennsylvania historian Van Wagner (www.vanwagnermusic.com) for sharing his music and insight with us! During an interview recorded during last month's annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival near Cross Fork, PA, Van talked about his career, his music, and his passion for Pennsylvania and its history. Van played a couple of songs live for us during the interview, and we also heard songs from his two most recent albums, Rap Is Folk and Family Guitar - plus, we presented live footage from Van's "North of 80" performance workshop during Smoked Country Jam as well! Along the way, we debuted a new song from Colebrook Road, updated "Local Music News," pulled an early 1990s tune from Harrisburg's Stone Soup from the archive for this week's "Local Music Flashback," stepped "Across State Lines" twice to hear songs from Huntingdon County native/Nashville-based Doug Forshey and Binghamton, New York area bluegrassers Bug Tussle, and reviewed Charlie Barath's Just Me and My Friend(s) album in "The Professor's CD Corner!" (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, 071121.)

Here is this week's playlist:


MATT OTIS & THE SOUND - "Give Me Something Real"
MAMA CORN - "Nobody Died"
VAN WAGNER - "Family Guitar" (performed live)
COLEBROOK ROAD - "Up in the Mountains"
VAN WAGNER - "Be Real"
PATRICK McGINNIS - "Winds of Change"
VAN WAGNER - "Bridges Burned" (live from "North of 80" workshop)
VAN WAGNER - "Shagbark Hickory" (live from "North of 80" workshop)
DOUG FORSHEY - "Sweet Mountain Wilds" (Across State Lines)


DOUG IRWIN - "Rattle the Cage"
THE JAKOB'S FERRY STRAGGLERS - "Beaumont Butler Blues"
VAN WAGNER - "Rust Never Sleeps in Steel City" (performed live)
CHARLIE BARATH - "Have Ourself a Ball"
VAN WAGNER - "Hupaday Daydingo"
STONE SOUP - "Telethon" (early 1990s, Local Music Flashback)
VAN WAGNER - "North of 80" (live from "North of 80" workshop)
VAN WAGNER - "Churches and Bars" (live from "North of 80" workshop)
BUG TUSSLE - "Hippies in the Henhouse" (Across State Lines)

Our next program will be the 2021 installment of the annual "Cover Song Special!" We will explore how local and regional bands and musicians cover and interpret songs created by others - Hear cover song interpretations by such performers as Ted McCloskey, Images Of Eden, Felix & the Hurricanes, Bret Alexander, Joe Konior, Chip & the Charge Ups, Bill Ferrell, Suicide Puppets, Railroad City Murder Machines, King Catfish and many more! We'll hear local music makeovers of tunes from The Cars, Blondie, Carole King, Triumph, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and others, and even a cover of a cover! We'll also review Antonio Andrade's mostly cover song album "Lucky in Love" in "The Professor's CD Corner!" Hear the "Homegrown Rocker" this Sunday night (July 18) on Q94 Classic Rock - 94.3 FM and online at www.q94classicrock.com!

Upcoming guests and specials:

NOV. 28 - LOCAL MUSIC THANKSGIVING DINNER SPECIAL (area tunes about music and food)

(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 homegrownrocker@gmail.com. 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 homegrownrocker@gmail.com.

Jim Price

In Local Music News...

The organizers for the annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass festival fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia recently announced that the 8th annual event, which usually takes place at the Cresson Sportsmen's Club, has been postponed until 2022, due to continued concerns for Wish families and children because of COVID-19. As Make A Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening conditions, the organization does not want to put Wish children at risk by staging the event this year.

A new band project made their onstage debut during last weekend's Wam Bam Mountain Jam event near Port Matilda. The Stiffs feature several well-known names of the central PA music scene; including John McKelvey, Lane Williamson, Dave Ebersole, Rick Guyer, Craig Albright and Ryan Clark. The group's next scheduled appearance will be on August 1 during the outdoor jam event at Altoona's Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society.

And the area music scene was again shocked and saddened by the loss of one of its members. Tim Michrina, recently the guitar player for the band The Sitch, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (July 6) at age 31. Originally from Johnstown, Tim enjoyed the arts and playing guitar, and was also a teacher in the Northern Cambria School District.

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