Robin & Linda Williams return for Homecoming-eve concert

Robin & Linda Williams will bring their blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country to Hanover College’s campus Friday, Oct. 26. The performance, which is part of Hanover’s Community Arts Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

For nearly 40 years and covering 21 albums, Robin & Linda Williams have delighted audiences large and small with an array of musical styles ranging from Appalachian folk music, bluegrass, gospel and their original musical, “Stonewall Country.”

The group’s popular performance at Hanover in 2008 earned an invitation to take the stage again as part of the Community Arts Series’ 60th-anniversary season.

The duo has performed regularly on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” along with their appearances on The Grand Ole Opry, “Austin City Limits,” “Mountain Stage” and “Music City Tonight.”

Robin & Linda Williams’ newest release, “These Old Dark Hills,” is a vibrant collection of original folk and bluegrass tunes. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-winner Jim Rooney, the album features an all-star cast of musicians including bassist Todd Phillips (David Grisman Quartet, Tony Rice Unit), dobro/pedal steel player Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers), Keillor and regular band members Chris Brashear and Jim Watson.

An instant Americana classic, “These Old Dark Hills” features a haunting title track and poignant story songs like “Lonesome” and “Looking for Love,” as well as humorous tunes like “Tessie Mae.” Other highlights include fresh covers of the country classic “Storms Never Last,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Lucky Day” and the moving a capella piece, “World Wide Peace.”

Robin & Linda Williams have gained recognition from a variety of sources, winning a nomination from their colleagues at the International Bluegrass Music Association for “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” (1995’s “Good News”). Their CD “Devil of a Dream” received a Crossroads’ Music “Gold Star” Award for the best contemporary folk album of 1998, and listed as a top-10 “Album of the Year,” by that same organization.

Tickets for the performance cost $18 for adults in advance and $20 the day of the show. Seats cost $15 for seniors and $5 for youths. Information and online ticket purchasing is available at www.hanover.edu/ARTS or by phoning the Hanover box office at (812) 866-7110.

The Community Arts Series’ 60th-anniversary season is presented by River Valley Financial Bank with additional funding from the Indiana Arts Commission.