Article Contributed by
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
Rolling Hills Radio will open its 8th season on Monday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Shawbucks in Jamestown, New York. The show features Austin “Walkin’ Cane and Bess Greenberg.
Austin “Walkin” Cane calls Cleveland home. He offers original, classic Delta Blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. In 2015, he was the Blues Music Award nominee for best new artist album by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
Bess Greenberg, from Binghamton, NY, is recognized for rich, textured vocals and openhearted lyrics. She performs on upright bass and a hollow-body electric guitar.
“There are a number of changes happening with this new season,” according to Ken Hardley, Rolling Hills’ host and producer. “While our long-time supporters will notice some differences this season, one thing will never change: Rolling Hills Radio will continue to be the premiere showcase for local, regional and national musicians who have dedicated their talents to providing audiences with the best of Americana music,” he said.
Rolling Hills Radio (RHR) will now be performed live and recorded on the last Monday of each month at Shawbucks, located at 212 West Second Street in Jamestown. In the heart of Jamestown’s entertainment district, and nestled between the National Comedy Center and the Ice Arena, Shawbucks has been a premiere upscale entertainment venue for many years. There is plenty of free parking immediately adjacent to venue.
Also new this season, Rolling Hills is partnering with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will manage ticket sales and finances for RHR. Todd Tranum, Chamber President and CEO said, “We are excited about partnering with Rolling Hills Radio and supporting their programming,” stated Todd Tranum. “We see this partnership as an opportunity to work with an established entertainment event that can help us communicate our buy local message and help bring foot traffic into local businesses.”
Hardley added, “Central to the philosophy and theme of our show is the role the arts play in contributing to a healthy community. We are fortunate to have a local Chamber that has the vision and depth of understanding to realize that the heartbeat of a community is in artistic expression. Direct stimulation of the local economy is a big deal to both our organizations.”
As always, Rolling Hills Radio will be recorded for radio. In the works, beginning with this season’s first show, multiple-camera video recordings of each of the season’s nine programs will also be produced for airing on public access TV channels in a variety of locales, giving RHR even wider audience-reach potential. Video recording also holds the possibility of bringing greater attention to Jamestown as an arts “hot spot.”
When asked what the audience can expect for the new season, Hardley’s excitement is palpable. “The season opener October 30 will be a barnburner! Austin “Walkin” Cane is back on Rolling Hills after a successful summer tour, which included being the first performer ever at Chautauqua Institution’s new Amphitheater, where he opened for Jay Leno. Together with the much-loved singer-songwriter Bess Greenberg, the lineup for our first show couldn’t be better.”
When asked what else is in the works for this season, Hardley replied, “Coming in from Michigan, we’ve got Jamestown favorite John Latini, in addition to the widely acclaimed Americana musician Joe Crookston. From Texas, the western swing trio, The Urban Pioneers. Then from Nashville we have an incredible quartet of acoustic swing musicians, the Moonshine Rhythm Club. Finally, Todd Burge is returning for another appearance on Rolling Hills. You’ve heard of him as a prolific singer-songwriter, a protege of people like Tim O’Brien, as well as the backup host for Larry Groce on “Mountain Stage.” There are lots more great artists this season, but I’ll save that news for later.”
Worth noting, the doors for all shows, including the October 30 show, will open at 5:30 p.m. for the “Happy Rolling Hour.” Recording of each of the nine shows begins at 6:30 p.m. A longstanding Rolling Hills tradition remains unchanged: immediately after the show, there will be a Meet and Greet, also at Shawbucks, offering the audience the opportunity to meet personally with the performers, take selfies, get autographs and, if they are so inclined, buy an album.
Season tickets, as well as individual tickets, are now available for the 2017-2018 season of Rolling Hills Radio. There are four options for purchasing tickets, giving patrons a choice of the one that is most convenient. Tickets are available at the door the night of each show. Or tickets can be purchased at any time during normal business hours at the Chamber of Commerce at 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown or by calling the Chamber at (716) 484-1101. Or you can buy tickets online at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Season tickets, which include admission to all nine regular season shows, are $120. Tickets for individual shows are $15.