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On May 21, Rolling Hills Radio will present Robin and Linda Williams, musicians who are internationally known for their harmony singing and songwriting talents. The show will be recorded live for radio and television at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown, NY.

“What better way could there possibly be to bring our 8th, and most successful season to a close?” asks Ken Hardley, the show’s producer and host. “Since 1976, Robin and Linda, who have frequently appeared on the ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ stage, will be making their first-ever appearance in Jamestown. When I asked … and they said yes, I was absolutely delighted!”

As Hardley and others have observed, their music is “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wry, insightful lyrics and a particular attention to the development of melody.”

As The Washington Post put it, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.”

The Houston Press describes their music as, “no-frills, boiled-down country that derives its power from simplicity and heart, rather than flash and bombast.”

The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music: Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.

In addition to A Prairie Home Companion, the Williamses extensive touring schedule has included appearances on such major programs as “The Grand Old Opry”,  “Music City Tonight”, “Mountain Stage” and “Austin City Limits.”

The Boston Globe’s David W. Johnson writes that, “Among contemporary country performers, Robin and Linda Williams shine like a diamond amid rhinestones …”

New York Times entertainment critic, Stephen Holden, wrote, ” … vocally and instrumentally, the Williamses combine impeccable musical discipline with a bare simplicity and an utter lack of pretension.”

As the current Rolling Hills Radio season draws to a close with it’s 75th episode, Hardley is already lining up musicians for the show’s ninth season: Folk music legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is already under contract. Also in the works, Jill Jack, a blues player from Detroit, of whom Billboard Magazine said, “She’s got the stage presence, the voice and the ability to interpret songs passionately … there’s a lot of soul in what she does.” Hardley says,  “Other bookings are in the works for what promises to be another great season.”

She’s got the stage presence, the voice, the ability to interpret songs passionately … there’s a lot of soul in what she does” — Billboard Magazine

Rolling Hills Radio is now in syndication and being internationally distributed by Global Community Radio, a non-commercial service that provides programming to community radio stations and also facilitates distribution of content created by independent producers. A growing number of radio stations, across America and around the world, now have access to Rolling Hills Radio along with programs that include Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour, Democracy Now!, Sound Beat, and many more.  RHR continues to be heard on WRFA 107.9FM in Jamestown, and on Open Stage Media, in Schenectady. In addition, RHR can be seen on Cable Access 5 in Mayville and on Spectrum Cable channel 1221.

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   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 May show are $20. 2018-19 Season tickets will also be on sale and assure your seat show.