‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Moonshine Rhythm Club, Steve Piper Monday

The second episode of the 2017-18 “Rolling Hills Radio” season, and the second to be held at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown, will feature Moonshine Rhythm Club, pictured, and Steve Piper in live performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Submitted photos

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” is setting the stage for its second show to be taped live at Shawbucks for later broadcast.

The program’s 68th overall episode will feature performances by guest artists Moonshine Rhythm Club and Steve Piper beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the 212 W. Second St. Jamestown establishment.

Moonshine Rhythm Club, a Nashville-based outfit, will make its debut appearance on “Rolling Hills Radio” via the recommendation of program alumni The Farmer and Adele, a Nashville-duo who made their “Rolling Hills Radio” appearance in March. Specializing in old-school swing and jazz,” the group has brought its energetic acoustic presence from its hometown scene of Nashville to festivals and dances around the country. They tour heavily, trying to bring vintage music to audiences both initiated and unfamiliar with jazz.

According to Ken Hardley, program host, the group has developed a reputation for repurposing big band songs for its instrumentation which includes two guitars, upright bass and one horn.

“Moonshine Rhythm Club is a swing band out of Nashville, although they’re hardly ever in Nashville because they tour so much,” he said. “They’re really bouncy, technically proficient, and I’m really glad they agreed to come on our show.”

Piper, who is based in Rochester, has performed on “Rolling Hills Radio” on several occasions, both solo and as a member of Watkins and the Rapiers. Hardley said Piper, in addition to being a prolific singer-songwriter, is also a professional photographer who has a master’s degree in the subject and also teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Steve is an incredible guitarist, lyricist and songwriter, and this will probably be his fifth or sixth time on the show,” Hardley said. “He’s told me that he has a couple of new original songs to try out, and so we’ll have exclusive listening rights to the debut of this music. Also, he’s said that he loves coming to Jamestown, and that this is one of his favorite cities to photograph.”

Hardley said Shawbucks will be closed to the public during tapings of “Rolling Hills Radio,” though anyone with a ticket can get into the establishment. He also made note of the program’s decision to be held on the last Monday of each month, as opposed to its previous appearance on the final Thursday.

“Rolling Hills Radio” is broadcast every Friday at 6 p.m. on WRFA-LP 107.9 FM. Monday’s episode will be broadcast on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., and will also be available for streaming online at wrfalp.com.

Tickets to Monday’s program are $15. They can be purchased at any time during normal business hours at the Chamber of Commerce at 512 Falconer St., Jamestown, by calling the chamber at 484-1101 or online at chautauquachamber.org. They can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Every episode of “Rolling Hills Radio” is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. pre-show reception known as “Rolling Happy Hour.” The program’s live taping will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a meet-and-greet will immediately follow. The “Rolling Hills Radio” program is broadcast each Friday at 6 p.m. on WRFA-LP 107.9 FM, with new episodes being introduced the week following their live taping.

Highlighted among the upcoming Season Eight shows will be the Feb. 26 appearance of folk legend Tom Paxton, who’s more than 50-year career has yielded several hit songs and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.