‘RHR’ To Feature Pair In Monday Episode

“Rolling Hills Radio” is delving deeper into its eighth season offerings with another upcoming program of live performances and insightful interviews.

The program’s fifth episode of the season, and 71st overall, will be held at Shawbucks on Monday, when contemporary Americana artists Joe Crookston and John Latini will take the stage and share their talents beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Crookston is an internationally-renowned, Ithaca-based singer, composer and storyteller who will be visiting Jamestown for the first time. He is the recipient of many major awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year Award during the 21st annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tenn., for his 2008 recording, “Able Baker Charlie & Dog.”

Ken Hardley, “Rolling Hills Radio” host, said he is honored to be able to add Crookston to the growing list of notable artists to appear on the program, and delighted to hear him in a live setting.

“Joe is one of the more high-profile people we’ve had on the show, and he’s become a really big deal in the U.S.,” Hardley said. “He came right out of the gate with an incredible album in ‘Able Baker Charlie & Dog,’ and people really sat up and took notice right off the bat. He’s an Americana-folk artist who immediately demanded attention, and he came around at just the right time.”

Latini has established himself as a perennial audience favorite among “Rolling Hills Radio” listeners and will be making an unprecedented sixth appearance on the program. The Detroit-based Queens native has been awarded the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize and is a two-time winner of the Detroit Blues Challenge.

“We tend to have people back because people ask for them back, and John has raised quite a clamor,” Hardley said. “People have become attached to him and his music, so he will be bringing some new songs to try out on us. Not only is he as authentic as they come, his ‘stories-in-song’ is making an important contribution to assuring Americana music remains vibrant, contemporary and growing.”

As of December, video recordings of every “Rolling Hills Radio” show can now be seen at scheduled times, as the show’s first TV affiliate began cablecasting on Access Channel 5 in Mayville. Collaboration with other public access affiliates is in the works and will be announced when arrangements have been finalized. Hardley urges those interested to “stay tuned.”

Tickets to Monday’s program are $15. They can be purchased at any time during normal business hours at the Chamber of Commerce at 512 Falconer St., Jamestown, by calling the chamber at 484-1101 or online at chautauquachamber.org. They can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Highlighted among the upcoming Season Eight shows will be the Feb. 26 appearance of folk legend Tom Paxton, who’s more than 50-year career has yielded several hit songs and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Hardley said that Ramblin’ Jack Elliott has also agreed to perform on the show later this year, which may be considered among the program’s most significant achievements.