Musicians who embody the spirit of Americana, blues and jazz are set to appear in downtown Jamestown.
Episode No. 30 of "Rolling Hills Radio" with host Ken Hardley is set to feature Gordon Munding, Stanley Barton and Steve Davis. The show is set for tonight at 7 at the Reg Studio Theater. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at the door for $10.
According to Hardley, since moving to the Reg Studio Theater, nearly every "Rolling Hills Radio" episode has sold out, and he's hoping that the upcoming show does as well.
"This is typically a vacation time for a lot of folks, so there may be a rush to buy tickets this week - the show could end up selling out again," Hardley said.
Regardless of whether the seats are filled, Hardley said he feels that with both a Rochester-based blues artist, and a regional jazz duo, guests will be glad they came out because this episode's performers are top notch. Plus, the episode will conclude with a rendition of Muddy Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'" that features the guests and Hardley.
The main act for the evening will be Munding, a blues musician based in Rochester who performs with and writes original tunes for The Crawdiddies. Munding is also responsible for starting a weekly tribute to Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Son House.
"He's from a neighborhood in Rochester that was a real hotbed for musicians in the generation who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s - a whole bunch of them came from there," Hardley said. "The Dady Brothers, Bat McGrath and some other people we'll be having on the show in the future are from that neighborhood."
Hardley describes Munding as being an Americana musician in every sense of the word - folk singer, song writer and an interest in blues. In addition to Munding's performance of original tunes, he'll also talk about his mastery of the steel bottleneck slide guitar.
"For many years Gordon played in the band The Crawdiddies, but has begun to reawaken his solo career and he will be leaving the band to go full-time solo," Hardley said. "So, he'll be performing some of his originals, as well as a Son House tune."
This won't be the first time Barton and Davis have appeared on "Rolling Hills Radio," but it will be the first time they've been a featured duo. In the past, Barton and Davis appeared on the show to perform with Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples, as well as with Marla Harris and during a Grateful Dead Tribute show. This time they will focus on performing covers of jazz standards.
"It's really exciting to see them together," Hardley said. "Stanley comes from an exceptionally talented family and has really made a name for himself in the area by playing bluegrass, folk and old-timey music on mandolin and fiddle. Steve, one of the initial graduates of the Infinity program, is essentially a virtuoso on the piano. So, together I am expecting some real chemistry and good jazz."
Hardley is also looking forward to the Thursday, March 27, episode No. 31, which is set to feature Jamie-Sue Seal and David Allen Coester. The episode will serve as classical guitarist Coester's third appearance on the show. Seal, who will appear on the show for the first time, will perform tunes from her new album. Backing Seal up on the album, as well as during the show, will be "Rolling Hills Radio" veteran John Latini.
The Reg Studio Theater is located at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, search for "Rolling Hills Radio" on Facebook, or visit www.wrfalp.com/show/rolling-hills-radio to purchase tickets, stream WRFA's broadcast debut of each show, or listen to previous performances.