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‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Tom Paxton, DonJuans In Feb. 26 Episode

Tom Paxton, center, and the DonJuans will perform at Shawbucks on Monday, Feb. 26, in the live taping of the 72nd episode of “Rolling Hills Radio.” Submitted photos

“Rolling Hills Radio” is preparing to host folk music royalty in the production of its 72nd overall episode later this month.

The program will feature the legendary Tom Paxton in the live taping of its upcoming episode at Shawbucks on Monday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event will mark Paxton’s first visit to Jamestown in his 58-year career, and he will be performing alongside The DonJuans — a GRAMMY Award-winning duo which has performed far and wide sharing stages with artists such as Joey Ramone, John Hartford and David Crosby. Comprised of Don Henry and Jon Vezner, the DonJuans’ songs have been recorded by Janis Ian, Ray Charles and John Mellencamp. Both are known for their gifted musicianship and dry wit.

Paxton’s illustrious career is practically unrivaled. He has performed worldwide in venues as diverse as Greenwich Village coffee houses, Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition to his 50 albums of original songs, hundreds of artists have recorded his songs including Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson and Judy Collins. Even the opera star, Placido Domingo incorporated Paxton into his repertoire.

When asked by The Post-Journal what was the driving force that kept the passion alive over such a lengthy and decorated career, Paxton said it was always “the music.”

“I love everything about this music,” he said. “It’s music for people who think and care, and it’s music to live your life with.”

Paxton said the inspiration for his timeless music has always come from his observation of the world around him.

“I find my ideas right outside my window. Whatever’s going on is an inspiration to me,” he said. “I always tell my students, ‘Whatever you see, read or hear about that moves you or stirs your emotions, write a song from the point of view of either a participant in that event or an observer. That’s what gives the songs a sense of immediacy and authenticity.”

Having grown up at the time Paxton was first making his emergence onto the scene, Ken Hardley, “Rolling Hills Radio” host, said his guest was every bit the voice of his generation.

“Tom Paxton fearlessly and beautifully articulated a relentless message of peace, love, and good sense,” Hardley said. “He was, and is, a true personification of the word ‘populist.’ Tom has always had the courage to sing about important topics, and in so doing he has not only reflected the spirit and mood of the times, but has contributed to the national conversation. He’s right up there with one of his mentors, Pete Seeger. What more can be said about a guy who ‘coauthored the book’ on folk music? Except, we are thrilled he’s coming to Jamestown.”

Tickets to the Feb. 26 performance are $25. They can be purchased in advance by calling 484-1101, visiting or in person at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce offices at 512 Falconer St. in Jamestown. They will also be available at the door on the night of the event, barring a preshow sellout.

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