‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Zeitler, Koch In Monday Performance

Kathryn Koch

Area residents in search of the finest in Americana music can now find it at Shawbucks, the new home of “Rolling Hills Radio.”

Now in the midst of its eighth season, the monthly live radio program will feature alumni artists Zig Zeitler and Kathryn Koch in the taping of its 70th episode Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Zeitler, who has dedicated himself to performing, creating and teaching music, plays a wide variety of American Roots music on an equally wide array of instruments — including guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and the Irish bouzouki. He has released 22 CDs over the course of his career, his vocal stylings have been compared to some of the country’s most raw and honest singers such as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

Koch, is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently based out of Buffalo. In addition, she is an accomplished guitarist, saxophonist and harmonica player. After spending years in Nashville, Tenn., she returned to Buffalo where she continues to showcase her songwriting and re-interpretation of traditional folk music.

Koch will be joined onstage by Western New York’s own Tim Pitcher, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. Pitcher was steeped in bluegrass from a young age, as he grew up playing in his dad’s band. His lightning fast flat-picking style, reminiscent of Doc Watson, has put him on many festival stages.

Zig Zeitler

Monday’s episode will be the fourth to be hosted at Shawbucks since kicking off its current season in October. Now being presented in partnership with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the program is enjoying great success in the form of a new venue and more broadcasting opportunities. Attendance at each of its three previous programs hosted at its new home at 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown has been high.

Ken Hardley, program host, has been highly complimentary of the hospitality Shawbucks’ staff and owners Kurt and Tammy Johnson.

“We’ve received a ton of positive feedback about every show, and many people have let us know that they love the intimate feel of our new venue,” Hardley said.

As of December, video recordings of every “Rolling Hills Radio” show can now be seen at scheduled times, as the show’s first TV affiliate began cablecasting on Access Channel 5 in Mayville. Collaboration with other public access affiliates is in the works and will be announced when arrangements have been finalized. Hardley urges those interested to “stay tuned.”

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.

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. Hardley said that Ramblin’ Jack Elliott has also agreed to perform on the show later this year, which may be considered among the program’s most significant achievements.