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On Monday, February 25 at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown, NY, Rolling Hills Radio will present a celebrated Americana figure, Mollie O’Brien. She will be joined by the extraordinary guitarists in this genre, Rich Moore. Also on the bill is the instrumental prodigy, Aaron Lipp.
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
Mollie O’Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to ﬁnd, mine and reinvent other artists’ songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves. Appearing with her is one of the most well-respected guitarists in the country, her husband Rich Moore.
Mollie was a regular on Prairie Home Companion as well as NPR’s Mountain Stage. The sister of famed bluegrass player, Tim O’Brien, Mollie is often referred to as “a singer’s singer.” The host of Mountain Stage, Larry Groce said this, “she’s…one of the top three best singers ever to perform on the show and I can’t think of the other two at the moment” “And they’re funny. I urge you to see them if you get the chance and make your friends come with you (they will effusively thank you later).” Larry Groce
Aaron Lipp is a young player from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Even at his young age, Aaron is a veteran of the Great Blue Heron Festival and much more. Coming from the musically vibrant area of rural New York, Aaron has rapidly made a name for himself. Says Ken Hardley, “I met Aaron backstage late one night at the Blue Heron just prior to his performance. As we talked, I was impressed with what an engaging fellow he was. He has an impressive and respectful sense of the history and importance of this musical genre. I left that conversation with a good feeling about the future of Americana. Then I heard him play. This guy is an incredible musician!”
Well into its ninth season, Rolling Hills continues to grow in popularity, as evidenced by more stations broadcasting the show and an ever-growing live audience. “People keep coming, in part because they trust that we will provide a great night out, whether they have heard of the artists or not,” according to Hardley. “This time, we have Mollie O’Brien, so it’s a no-brainer. You gotta be there.”
All live RHR shows take place at Shawbucks, across from Jamestown’s Ice Arena and the National Comedy Center. Doors open — to all those holding or purchasing tickets — at 5:30 pm for the “Rolling Happy 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 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 three 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 the Rolling Ticket Hotline (716) 294-0416. Tickets are also available online at http://www.rollinghillsradio.org/tickets. Tickets for the February 25th show are $15.00 each.