‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Cowdery, Burge In Monday Performance

“Rolling Hills Radio” will feature solo singer-songwriters Todd Burge and RJ Cowdery during the live taping of its 74th episode at Shawbucks on Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Submitted photo

Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, but “Rolling Hills Radio” is rolling with the punches.

The locally produced live radio program recently experienced an unforeseen lineup change to its forthcoming 74th overall episode, but is now proud to present Todd Burge and RJ Cowdery live in concert at Shawbucks on Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“I suggest audience members prepare themselves for a night of some of the finest songwriting the Appalachian region has to offer,” said Ken Hardley, program host.

Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia’s most prolific singer-songwriters via his utlization of wry humor, dextrous guitar work and a rich variety of life experiences. He has played varying styles ranging from alternative rock to contemporary folk, and has performed concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center; and, of course, hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots.

Included among those with whom Burge has performed and toured are Bela Fleck, Lucinda Williams, Mike Seeger and Ricky Skaggs.

Cowdery has solidified her place in the world of performing singer-songwriters, garnering accolades at Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Wildflower! Arts and Music, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and Sisters Folk Festival. She plays a clean guitar — flat picking or strumming — stringing chords together to develop melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, inviting her listeners to lean in hard and come out the other side changed.

Adding to its media presence, “Rolling Hills Radio” is now in syndication and being internationally distributed by Global Community Radio as of April 17. GCR is a non-commercial service that provides programming to community and campus radio stations. GCR also facilitates distribution of content created by independent producers. Stations in many states and around the world will now have access to “Rolling Hills Radio” which is now in the company of Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour, Democracy Now!, Sound Beat, and many more.

All live “Rolling Hills Radio” shows take place at Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the “Happy Rolling Hour” pre-show, during which food and drinks are available until 6:15 p.m. Audio and video recording begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased by calling the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at 484-1101 or online at chautauquachamber.org/events. They are also available at the chamber’s 512 Falconer St. offices in Jamestown, or at the door on the day of the show.