Rolling Hills Radio with Ken Hardley Episode #87 Don Dixon and The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers At Shawbucks April 15

Jakob's Ferry Stragglers

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Ken Hardley
Rolling Hills Radio

Don Dixon and The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers hosted by Todd Burge. Of Todd Burge, “Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Larry Groce – Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage.

Best known among the key producers to emerge from the American underground’s jangle pop movement of the early ’80s, Don Dixon also enjoyed a cult following as a solo performer. A native of North Carolina, he dwelled in relative obscurity for well over a decade as a member of the little-known Arrogance before
attracting his first significant notice around 1983 after co-producing with Mitch Easter R.E.M.’s landmark debut LP, Murmur. “Having a man like Don Dixon on our stage is a real privilege. He is experienced in every aspect of the business. He is well respected everywhere. With any luck at all he’ll respect me.” – Ken Hardley

Don Dixon

Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland, the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, jamgrass, rockabilly, and swing music to create their own brand of high energy Appalachian Bluegrass. “…flat out one of the best bluegrass albums released this year (White Lightning Road).” Appalachian Jamwhich. Their goal is simple: write good songs, honor the music, have fun, and take it to the road.

Rolling Hills Radio continues to grow its media presence. Past shows can now be seen on local access cable on Open Stage Media in Schenectady, NY as well as cable stations out of Jamestown and Mayville. You can also view past shows on Of course, the show is also nationally syndicated through Global Community Radio.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.

Todd Burge

All live RHR regular season shows take place at Shawbucks, across from Jamestown’s Ice Arena. Doors open — to all those holding or purchasing tickets ($15) — at 5:30pm 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 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 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 the Rolling Ticket Hotline at (716) 294-0416. Tickets are also available online at