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The fourth show of Rolling Hills Radio’s eighth season will take place on Monday, January 15th at its regular venue, Shawbucks, located in the heart Jamestown’s theater district. After three well-attended performances, Ken Hardley, the show’s producer and host, is delighted that, “Audience attendance is growing beyond all expectations. Word is definitely getting around that if you’re looking for the best in Americana music, you’ll find it here.”
Headlining January 15th’s two-act show are Kathryn Koch and Zig Zeitler.
Kathryn Koch, is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Mountain Times, in Boone, NC recognized Koch for her, “soaring vocals” and “constant down-home flavor.” In addition, Koch is an accomplished guitarist, saxophonist and harmonica player. After spending years in Nashville, Tennessee, she returned to Buffalo where she continues to showcase her songwriting and re-interpretation of traditional folk music.
Praise for Kathryn Koch comes from near and far; The Erie Pennsylvania Daily Times noted that Koch’s performances capture the sound of, “roots originals soaked in pure Americana.” Hickory, North Carolina’s Focus newspaper called Koch, “one of the most engaging vocalists in the Americana tradition.” The Nashville, Tennessee Music Guide said, “Koch has a beautiful voice and heaps of soul.” Ohio’s Dayton Daily echoed that sentiment when it wrote Koch has, “a soulful voice born to sing the blues.” Closer to home, The Buffalo News characterized Koch’s music as, “a heaping of Americana” coupled with, “an essential trace … of pure salvation.”
Koch will be joined onstage by Western New York’s own, Tim Pitcher, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. Pitcher was steeped in Bluegrass as he grew up playing in his dad’s band. His lightning fast flat-picking style, reminiscent of Doc Watson, has put him on many festival stages.
January’s show will also feature Zig Zeitler who has dedicated himself to performing, creating and teaching music. He plays a wide variety of American Roots music on an equally wide array of instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and (the not often heard) Irish Bouzouki – an adaptation of the classic Greek bouzouki.
On the occasion of the 2012 release of Zeitler’s now 22 CDs, “Everything I Ever Did Wrong Is Right”, Robert “Bo” White, an Arts and Entertainment Writer for Saginaw Michigan’s Review Magazine wrote, Zeitler “crisscross[es] the country in pursuit of taking his music to every nook and cranny … where people gather to listen to authentic Americana, Zydeco, Roots, Blues and Irish music…It is always reassuring to me to hear Zig perform. We need him to remind us of that which is pure and beautiful…the voice of the everyman. Zeitler is on a mission to keep [this] music alive… It is a comforting throwback to an era when rhythm, melody and harmony mattered.”
With Rolling Hills Radio’s fourth show of the season just around the corner, Ken Hardley reflects, “We’ve received a ton of positive feedback about every show. Ans many people have let us know that they love the intimate feel of our new venue.”
A Rolling Hills regular, Hugh Tranum echoes those sentiments, “The new location at Shawbucks is terrific, great entertainment in an excellent atmosphere.” Donna Tranum adds, “RHR continues to bring unique entertainment to our community. The variety is amazing.”
Hardley agrees that for eight seasons every Rolling Hills Radio show has been unique and adds, “The Americana genre has been the thread that has woven its way through and powerfully connects every show.”
Cathie Pasinski, Rolling Hills Radio’s Assistant Producer notes, “Rolling Hill’s Radio has always been about presenting the best of the Americana genre. Beyond that, it’s also a welcoming place to build and grow community. You can feel that happening as the audience assembles, as the room quiets, as the performance begins and, as people who have just had a shared experience gather after the show for a ‘meet and greet.’”
As of December 16th, 2017, video recordings of every Rolling Hills Radio show can now be seen at scheduled times as the show’s first TV affiliate began cablecasting on Access Channel 5 in Mayville, NY. Collaboration with other public access affiliates is in the works and will be announced when arrangements have been finalized. Hardley urges those interested to “stay tuned.”
As always, Rolling Hills Radio will continue to air on WRFA 107.9 FM every Friday night at 6pm.
As the season lineup continues to build, Hardley reminds the community that, “this season we’ll also be presenting the Urban Pioneers, Americana royalty Robin and Linda Williams, the legendary folk singer Tom Paxton.” At the December show, applause erupted when it was announced that Ramblin’ Jack Elliot had just signed on to perform.
Shawbucks’ 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 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.”
There continue to be 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.
“And speaking of future shows,”, Hardley says, “this month only, Rolling Hills is presenting two shows.” On January 29th, Joe Crookston and perennial favorite, John Latini will perform. Crookston’s second CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog received the Album of the Year award presented by the International Folk Alliance. And of Latini, The Ann Arbor Observer wrote, “soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of [his] songs.