Rolling Hills Radio: Joe Crookston, John Latini – Episode 71 / January 29


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About Joe Crookston
Ithaca-based, Joe Crookston — singer, composer, storyteller — is making his first ever appearance in Jamestown. He is the recipient of many major awards including the prestigious Album of the Year Award during the 21st annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee for his 2009 recording, Able Baker Charlie & Dog. notes that the album, “ended the year as the #1 most aired CD by folk/acoustic radio DJs in the United States.”

Sing Out Magazine writes, “With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good … and Joe does.”

At a 2016 collaborative conference organized by The National World War One Museum and the Folk Alliance, Crookston, the event’s Artist-in-Residence, composed and debuted an original song titled, “The Letters of Florence Hemphill.” Hemphill, an Army nurse, wrote hundreds of moving letters, many of which the Museum obtained and preserved. Crookston was I inspired by reading those letters. Aengus Finnan, Executive Director of the Folk Alliance, referred to the resulting song as, “the creation of a piece of work that stands alone outside of the career of an artist, outside of the place in industry – and brings to life the story of someone, like so many, whose stories could have disappeared into time, and if that isn’t the heart of folk music, I don’t know what is.”

Crookston talked about his then 11-year-old daughter who helped with video documenting the project: “I felt like I wanted to celebrate and honor Florence Hemphill as a woman and nurse and have my daughter grow up in a world where she could be honored and celebrated as a strong woman.”

About John Latini
John Latini — the Detroit-based Queens, NY native — is making an unprecedented sixth appearance on the show. Of Latini, The Ann Arbor Observer wrote he is “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” and remarked, “soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of Latini’s songs.”

Latini was described by The Lansing Michigan Bluesfest as having, “an honest, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. He’s a slick blues player who writes songs that tell clever tales. Latini has been awarded the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize, as well as being a two-time winner of the Detroit Blues Challenge. With his guitar, he’s an intense, irresistible musician who brings years of experience and talent to the stage…He is a performer who commands the stage, singing the blues directly from his heart and soul.”

About Rolling Hills Radio
Host Ken Hardley brings a mix of hard-working, frequently touring musicians, singers and songwriters to the Studio Theater stage for an intimate evening of live music, interview, storytelling and more. Rolling Hills Radio, a creation of producer/host Ken Hardley, is an ongoing series featuring live musical performances from regional, national & internationally recognized artists exploring, celebrating, and performing grassroots Americana music. Whether blues, classical, bluegrass, folk, traditional country, rockabilly, jazz, or pop the music reflects the heart of the musician and the human condition.

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