The Buckle DownsIn their annual countdown of their favorite local releases, 91.3 WYEP put Hard Truths at the top of the list. The Buckle Downs feature Sunburst instructors Kiki Brown (voice), Ernie Francestine (guitar and frequent Sunburst News contributor (Ernie from Ernie’s Pick of the Month)) and Jonathan Gulden (Drums).

The band has had a monumental 2017 with high profile performances at the Three Rivers Arts Fest, Hartwood Acres, Light Up Night and WYEP Summer Music Festival. Hard Truths was produced and engineered by Jake Hanner of the band Donora, who also has a connection to Sunburst via his sister and band mate Casey Hanner (voice). Rounding out WYEP’s list at #5 was the debut album from local garage rock group Wreck Loose, entitled OK Wreck Loose. The band features another Sunburst instructor Max Somerville (keyboard).

Checkout the rest of the list on WYEP’s website and listen to Hard Truths and OK Wreck Loose on Spotify! Congrats to everyone and look out for more from your favorite Sunburst instructors in 2018!