Rich Vocals & Lyrical Humor Converge At Rollings Hills Radio April 30 Show

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On April 30th at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown, NY, Rolling Hills Radio will present two solo performers, Todd Burge and Rachael Sage.

Of Todd Burge, music producer Don Dixon (who has produced albums for performers as diverse as R.E.M. and Mary Chaplin Carpenter) said, “With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks. Subjects too quirky … for most writers to get a handle on”. Ken Hardley, producer and host of Rolling Hills Radio, adds, “This is precisely why we’re thrilled to have Todd joining us on the RHR stage: he isn’t ‘most writers.’ Todd’s a one-of-kind in all the right ways. His songs are witty, sometimes absurd, often hilarious, and always original. How else would you characterize a song Todd wrote about a woman who buries her husband of 35 years in her flower garden then waters him daily while telling him to ‘grow up!’”

As is noted in Burge’s bio, his songs, “are mostly stories that inhabit his invented characters” and “lyrical humor [let] his insights sneak up on you.”

Burge has played venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of fame, and The Kennedy Center. He’s also been a repeat guest on National Public Radio’s flagship radio program Mountain Stage whose longtime host, Larry Groce called Burge, “The dean of West Virginia songwriters.”

Included among those with whom Burge has performed and toured are Bela Fleck, Lucinda Williams, Mike Seeger, and Ricky Skaggs.

Rj Cowdery has solidified her place in the world of performing singer-songwriters, garnering accolades at Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She plays a clean guitar, flat picking or strumming, stringing chords together to develop melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, inviting you to lean in hard and come out the other side changed. The highly esteemed producer, musician, Don Dixon offers this high praise: “Rj Cowdery is one of the most compelling writers i’ve run across so far this century…though her songs bear her unmistakable stamp, they are so well concieved that you could swear you’ve heard them before, sung by a folk legend in Kerrville or at a writer’s circle at The Bluebird…” and Joe Crookston says,  “There is no possible way to listen to Rj Cowdery’s music and not feel deeply. The tone of her voice, the clarity of her guitar and spot on emotive lyrics plumb the depths of human hope and struggle.  These are not just songs, they are arrows shot directly to center of the heart.”
 Hardley offers this to those planning to attend the show: “I suggest audience members prepare themselves for a night of some of the finest songwriting the Appalachian region has to offer.”

On upcoming shows, Rolling Hills Radio will present Robin and Linda Williams, and Americana legend, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

Adding to its media presence, as of April, RHR is now in syndication and being internationally distributed by Global Community Radio.  GCR is a non-commercial service that provides programming to community and campus radio stations. GCR also facilitates distribution of content created by independent producers. Stations in many states and around the world will now have access to Rolling Hills Radio which is now in the company of Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour, Democracy Now!, Sound Beat, and many more.  RHR will be available via GCR beginning Tuesday, April 17 and will remain in that slot every Tuesday thereafter.  For more information about GCR visit http:globalcommunityradio.blogspot.com/

Rachael Sage

Jason Longwell, GCR Station Manager, said, “We now have three 24/7 program streams, one of which, GRC2, is devoted to music. We’ve been searching for a high quality series for our very popular midday folk and acoustic offerings. After listening to a couple of episodes of Rolling Hills, I knew we’d found a perfect fit. The GRC2 team and I are very excited to add Rolling Hills Radio to our schedule and have every reason to believe it will be well received by our listeners.”

All live RHR shows take place at Shawbucks, across from Jamestown’s Ice Arena. Doors open — to all those holding or purchasing tickets — at 5:30pm for the “Happy Rolling Hour.” Food and drink are available until 6:15 at which time audience members take their seats and the house lights dim. Audio and video recording begins promptly at 6:30. The bar reopens for 10 minutes at intermission and then again after the show when the audience and performers are invited to a “Meet and Greet.”

As always, there are four options for purchasing tickets; Until the show is sold out, tickets are available at the door the night of each show. If you choose, you can call ahead at (716) 484-1101. Tickets are also available online at http://www.chautauquachamber.org/events   If you’re out and about, stop in during the Chamber’s regular business hours at 512 Falconer St, Jamestown. Tickets for future shows may also be purchased using these same options. Tickets for the April 30 show are $15.00 each.