The third show of Rolling Hills Radio’s eighth season, which takes place on Monday, December 18th at Shawbucks in the heart of Jamestown’s theater district, “promises to continue RHR’s long tradition of presenting the best of the Americana music genre”, according to the show’s producer and host, Ken Hardley.
Headlining December’s two-act show will be David Michael Miller and Almond&Olive.
According to Jeff Miers, Music Critic for the Buffalo Evening News, David Michael Miller, “is one of the finest soul-based singers in our region, and … proves he’s also one of our most vibrant songwriters. Elements of gospel, R&B, electric blues and singer-songwriter leanings collide here to form a collection of elegant, stately and eminently grooving songs, delivered with consistent passion. This is incredibly spirited stuff, and it represents a new high-watermark for Buffalo-born recordings.”
Performing with Miller, as she has on many occasions, is local favorite Marla Harris. Hardley says, “Harris’s vocals are the perfect accompaniment to Miller, adding seamlessly to the soulful depth of Miller’s already considerable solo skills.”
December’s show will also feature Almond&Olive, two singer/songwriters, Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson.
This past January, on the occasion of the release of their album, “Standing at the Precipice”, Alex Gallacher, of Folk Radio, UK wrote of Alms and Davidson, “One of [our] first conversations about music revolved around their shared love of Bob Dylan and favourite bands and influences, including Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Mumford and Sons. These influences provide a starting point while [they] layer steady acoustic guitar with the croon of a heartbroken harmonica, and rich harmonies with a hint of wavering grit.”
Jason Sample, another local celebrity, host of WRFA’s weekly show Arts on Fire, and someone well-acquainted with the music scene in Jamestown and beyond, enthusiastically brought Almond&Olive to Hardley’s attention.
In other Rolling Hills Radio news, as of the start of its eighth season, the show has been video recorded for airing on public access television stations. As of the November show, RHR began a collaboration with its first TV affiliate, Access Channel 5 in Mayville, NY. Viewers in Mayville
will now be able to see all Rolling Hills shows beginning December 16 when it will initially air at both 1pm and 7pm. Collaboration with a second TV affiliate is in the works and will be announced when arrangements have been finalized. According to Hardley, “We are actively working to add additional public access affiliates in future months. Stay tuned.”
As always, Rolling Hills Radio will continue to air on WRFA 107.9 FM every Friday night at 6pm.
Hardley reminds the community that, “later this season, the Urban Pioneers, Americana royalty Robin and Linda Williams, and legendary folk singer Tom Paxton will perform.” As the first two shows filled Shawbucks — although tickets will continue to be sold at the door — the show’s producers, Hardley and Cathie Pasinski, recommend that tickets be purchased in advance.
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 when food and drink service stops, 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 is invited to a “Meet and Greet” with the performers.
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.