Robin, Linda Williams To Be Featured In ‘Rolling Hills Radio’ Season Finale
“Rolling Hills Radio” is preparing to conclude its current season with a memorable performance by two of Americana music’s most well-known names: Robin and Linda Williams.
The duo will appear at Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St., Jamestown, on Monday for the program’s 75th overall episode and Season Eight finale, which will commence promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Prominent folk musicians hailing from Virginia, the Williams are internationally known for their harmony singing and songwriting talents. As series regulars on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” for over four decades, the couple are more than familiar with performing in a live radio format — and have become emblematic of Americana music from the Appalachian region and much more.
“We were among some of the longest tenured performers on the (“Prairie Home Companion“) show, and it really did prepare us for a lot of things,” said Robin Williams. “What we took away from the experience is just making sure that you’re always staying sharp with the material you’re singing, along with the instrumentation and vocals. That really helped us in the long run with having a life in music, because that’s all we ever wanted. And, so far it’s worked.”
In addition to their work on “Praire Home Companion,” the duo have consistently been releasing albums since the mid-1970s. Robin added that writing and releasing music are on either end of “the process,” and the couple have thankfully streamlined that process through the years.
“The key to songwriting is keeping your eyes and ears open,” he said. “You’ve got to learn what a good song is, and you do that by listening to good songwriters. Linda’s really good at starting songs and I’m helpful with finishing them up. We both work on the melody and lyrics, so it’s a complete duo workshop. If one of us doesn’t like something we don’t argue about it, we just keep working until we’re both happy with it.”
Robin added that the duo is looking forward to meeting Hardley, as they have known of his reputation for a long time and are appreciative of his efforts in “keeping music alive” in New York’s Southern Tier.
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.
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 $20 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.