‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Wells, Healing Committee Feb. 23

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will feature Alan “ADub” Whitney and Annie Wells and The Healing Committee in the live taping of its 61st episode on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m. Submitted photos

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will welcome back two program alumni in a new setting for its upcoming 61st episodes.

The program will host a pair of diverse and eclectic singer-songwriters in Annie Wells and Alan “ADub” Whitney on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the second of a handful of remaining programs to be staged at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater.

Program host Ken Hardley said “Rolling Hills Radio” will host the remaining shows of its current season, with the exception of its finale at Chautauqua Institution, at the Kappa Theater due to renovations taking place at its usual location, the Studio Theater within the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Both Wells and Whitney, the latter of whom will be performing in a trio known as The Healing Committee, have previously performed on the program in the past.

Wells will be performing songs from her soon-to-be-released sixth CD,“Lonely Hearts Club.” She has been lauded for her voice by area music critics, but Hardley said her compositions are just as deserving of praise as her vocal talents.

“(Annie) has a passion for creating songs that travel both to the troubled places of the heart and to the light of hope,” Hardley said. “She has a fabulous voice with a great range that allows her to dip into falsetto and back again effortlessly. Her songs are difficult to categorize, as she not only writes pop music, children’s songs and dabbles in folk but also performs with some of the best jazz musicians in Rochester. So it’s kind of hard to pigeonhole her art.”

Whitney is a Western New York-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and recording artist who is also a familiar face to longtime “Rolling Hills Radio” audience members. Early on, he worked as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles and Nashville, developing his music in legendary venues like The Troubadour and The Palomino on bills with such luminary Americana artists as Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams and Dave Alvin.

“Alan is an incredible songwriter, and he has the poetic personality that goes along with that,” Hardley said. “He writes songs about guys who steal Cadillacs and have rope burns on their fingers from holding on too long. ‘ADub’ rocks his own rhythm and soul Americana music.”

He will perform alongside guitarists Tim Pitcher and Kathryn Koch — who also previously performed some of her solo material on the program — in a trio known as The Healing Committee.

There are still tickets remaining to the show at $10 each, which can be purchased by calling 484-7070 or visiting reglenna.com. The Robert H. Jackson Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.

Doors to the live show will open at 5:30 p.m., when a pre-show reception known as “Rolling Happy Hour” will commence. 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 Thursday at 7 p.m. on WRFA-LP 107.9 FM, with new episodes being introduced the week following their live taping.

Hardley mentioned that now would be a good time to purchase tickets for the next two episodes of “Rolling Hills Radio,” which will feature The Farmer and Adele and Dee Adams on Thursday, March 30, and Tom Chapin on Thursday, April 27.