Local singer releases new single ‘The Hero at Home’

East Liverpool-based singer/songwriter and musician Chuck Dyke performed his latest single "The Hero at Home" during the grand re-opening of DC Music Store Monday evening at the Dunham's Plaza in Calcutta. (Photo by Steve Rappach)

EAST LIVERPOOL – From time-to-time, families of those who have served in the Armed Forces can experience struggles, whether it’s emotionally, financially or otherwise, but one East Liverpool musician hopes to bring help to those in need.

Local singer/songwriter Chuck Dyke is looking to bring awareness of this situation and help the soldiers in tough times with the release of new single “The Hero at Home.”

Dyke performed the song for several in attendance Monday at the grand opening of the new DC Music Store location in the Dunham Plaza, Calcutta. He talked about the importance of those who try to keep families and homes together while their loved ones are serving.

“We do forget what’s going on here at home with these families that are dealing with the troops and now with everything going on with the police, they have heroes at home too,” Dyke said.

“They leave the house everyday. They don’t know if they’ll come back with all the craziness that’s going on right now, so that’s basically how I came up with ‘The Hero at Home.’ We’ve got heroes over there, but there are some blessed people here at home. They’re also heroes trying to do what they can to save their families and their homes.”

According to Dyke, the song is about a woman who is taking care of her family at home, alone, while her husband is overseas serving in the Armed Forces. Missing her husband, she struggles to take care of the family financially and worries whether or not he’ll be able to come back home.

“It’s about the person who stays at home, the woman who stays at home and takes care of the children, tries to make ends meet,” Dyke said. “It has to deal with emotional trauma of their loved one being overseas not knowing when or if they’re coming back.

“Just the day-to-day struggles that they have to deal with and being that person at home, and it’s really kind of an untold story that a lot of people just don’t think about because of the troops overseas and what they’re doing. We’re worried about them.”

One aspect of the song Dyke said he wanted to focus on was the financial burdens placed on families while loved ones are overseas on service. He said he saw a story on a TV newscast about how many of the families had been devastated due to the lack of funds, including those serving part-time in the reserves and having to be shipped overseas.

“They don’t know how to make ends meet, people losing their houses and not being able to feed their children, some of them just being devastated by the whole thing, and then to have a loved one being lost over there, then they have to deal with that emotional trauma coming home,” Dyke said. “So it inspired me to write this song to try to help bring awareness to that.”

A singer/songwriter and musician with more than 40 years of experience in various bands, Dyke said he wrote the song in 2009, and had worked with another local musician, James Sabatini, on the song throughout a five-year span. Eventually, he had made contact with musician Brian Harrington, who previously worked with country music artist Brad Paisley, and expressed interest in the song.

Production on the single started this past July at Aardvark Productions in Steubenville and concluded in October. Along with Sabatini and Harrington, Dyke also was joined by other local musicians including Dave Morgan, Sharon Vincey, Gary Jacobs, and Bill Reed, whom Dyke said were all in favor of performing the single.

“They’re not just your everyday garage band musicians, these are top-notch,” Dyke said. “Good people, good musicians, and knowing my cause, they all donated their time.”

Proceeds from the sales of the single will go toward a charity related to veterans causes. Although the exact organization has not yet been determined, Dyke said that two charities are currently being considered.

Dyke said he isn’t sure how much money would be made from sales of the single, but whatever the donation may be, he still wanted to show his appreciation and gratitude for those who serve overseas, adding that this song is about the veterans.

“I don’t know how much it’s going to make, and it may not make anything, but regardless I still want to make a donation,” Dyke said. “This is my way of saying thanks to the troops and their families for having to deal with all of that. That’s really what it’s all about. It’s not about me personally.”

The single is currently available for purchase for $5 at DC Music Store, Sabatini Shoes, and Salon DaVinci, located in the Dunham Plaza. The song is also available on CDBaby.com, which published the song, and through iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and other streaming services.