‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Delta Blues And Folk Tonight

Two musical acts are set to make their “Rolling Hills Radio” debut tonight.

Episode No. 32 of “Rolling Hills Radio” with host Ken Hardley will feature Austin Walkin’ Cane and Jed Curran. The show is set for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Reg Studio Theater. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at the door for $10.

According to Hardley, it’s a great feeling to be able to say that there are many artists interested in appearing on the show: both new acts and returners.

Hardley discovered Austin Walkin’ Cane, a Delta blues slide guitar player, while at a show in Michigan.

“After a couple of songs I said to myself, ‘Holy cow, how have I missed this guy?’ – he’s just amazing,” Hardley said.

Hardley said Austin Walkin’ Cane’s music reminds him of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Guy Davis. He recently released a new album, and will likely play a tune from it.

“When you hear him it’s such genuine blues, and he writes his own songs,” Hardley said.

“He has a band, but on our show he’ll be performing on a bottleneck slide acoustic guitar while singing vocals – he puts on a compelling concert.”

The other act to be featured during the episode will be Curran, a folk singer-songwriter from Rochester. Curran was turned onto “Rolling Hills Radio” by Bat McGrath, who appeared on the show last season. The show has featured a variety of acts from Rochester over the past several seasons.

“Jed is the latest of that peer group from Rochester’s vibrant singer-songwriter scene,” Hardley said. “People just love Jed because he’s got a real charisma and connects with the audience. I think that’s because he loves being there and he loves people. He writes songs that are everyday things that everybody goes through – they are genuine.”

Episode No. 32 is one of the last two shows to be held at the Reg Studio Theater for the season. Episode No. 33, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, will feature Watkins and the Rapiers. The episode will be slightly different from past shows as Watkins and the Rapiers are a full band, and the six-piece band will perform an entire set.

The finale, Episode No. 34, will be held at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater on Sunday, July 27. The show will feature several acts, including: Liz Longley, a graduate of Berklee College of Music who is in the process of releasing her fourth studio album; the Farewell Drifters, a Nashville-based folk-rock quartet who have released four albums; and the Kent Knappenberger family, a Westfield Academy and Central School music teacher who is the recipient of the inaugural music educator Grammy award.

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 and listen to previous performances.