‘BRRH’ To Feature Barton, Company Townes In April 13 Program

Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” will feature performances by Amanda Barton and Company Townes in the live taping of its 27th installment at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown on Thursday, April 13. Submitted photos

As the end of its third season closes in, Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” will feature some new faces and a familiar friend in its upcoming 27th installment.

Presented by WRFA-LP 107.9 FM, the upcoming program will hold its live taping at Trinity Guitars’ 800 W. Third St. location on Thursday, April 13, beginning at 7 p.m. It will include performances by singer-songwriter Amanda Barton and Company Townes, an alt-country band out of Warren, Pa.

“This is going to be a heavy-hitting show,” said Bill Ward, program host. “Of course we’re always excited to have Amanda join us, and obviously she’s always been one of my favorites in the area music scene. She’s been on the program before, but it’s been a while since she’s had her own segment. She’s been doing some writing since then, so we’re looking forward to hearing some fresh takes on the things she’s working on now.

“In addition, Company Townes will make their first appearance on the show, and will be promoting their debut album, ‘Canyon.’ They sent a copy of the album to me and I found it very interesting and compelling. It didn’t take me long then to realize that I was going to go ahead and make room for them at some point this season. We’re excited to have them for a number of reasons because they’re original, they play alt-country and they’re from our area.”

Ward described Barton as the “reigning queen” of Western New York acoustic and roots music, having played with some of the best. She is well known among her peers and fans as the “singers’ singer and the fiddlers’ fiddler.”

A heralded founder of Big Leg Emma, and a great songwriter in her own right, she now performs alongside Ward in a duo, and is also involved with various other projects and endeavors. Most recently, she took on the role of music director at Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church in Jamestown. For he will be joined by singer-songwriter and fellow Big Leg Emma co-founder Charity Nuse, who is returning to public performance following the recent birth of her second child.

Country Townes’ music is defined by the vocal harmonies of its three distinctive songwriters, exploring the breadth of country music while rooting its sound in traditional country-western and rock and roll. Its members are: Jody Aiello, guitar and vocals; Sara Aiello, harmonica and vocals; Eric Morelli, guitar and vocals; Andrew King, bass; and Nathaniel Blick, drums.

Also making an appearance on the April 13 program will be Jim Colby, representing the GreenUp Jamestown Initiative, who will discuss a series of programs to be held in Jamestown on Earth Day, April 22. Among the programs are a free public workshop by Percussion Group Cincinnati at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an Earth Day Celebration and Art-Happening Reception at St. Luke’s beginning at 6 p.m. Percussion Group Cincinnati will also perform at the church at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2016-17 concert season.

For more information on the Earth Day events being presented by GreenUp Jamestown Initiative, visit greenupjamestown.com.

There is no cost to attend a taping session of “Back Room Radio Hour,” but it is preferable that those interested in attending reserve their seats by contacting Trinity Guitars at 665-4490 or trinityguitarsbill@gmail.com. Reservations may also be made by visiting trinityguitars.com or via the event’s Facebook page. It is recommended that attendees arrive at 6:30 p.m. to ensure the program begins on time.

Trinity Guitars is located at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, find the event on Facebook.