Woodsongs (Old Time Radio Hour) is the TV broadcast of an internationally syndicated radio program hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon and recorded before a live audience each week at the historic Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The show is a combination of performance and conversation featuring artists of the Americana music genre. Its mission is to inspire the audience to make music part of their lives by introducing them to a contrast of styles such as blues and bluegrass, country and Celtic, folk and rock, modern and classical. Interviews with the artists allow the audience to explore the artist's background and discover what inspires them to sing and play. Hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon.
Woodsongs Previous Broadcasts
United States Air Force Band Celtic Aire/Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (Episode #1805H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 28, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Celtic Aire is the premier Celtic and folk ensemble of the United States Air Force. Formed in 2007, the group is comprised of five Airmen musicians from The United States Air Force Band's Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force. In addition to community relations concerts in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area, this small ensemble regularly performs at official functions for military and civilian leaders. In 2009, Celtic Aire deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan in support of diplomatic and troop morale initiatives as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Their latest release is 'As I Roved Out'. Leroy Troy And The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band are a "blast from the past" band. They are five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth anchored by Leroy Troy, "The Tennessee Slicker," who has performed his astounding old time banjo act since the 1980's and was a featured player on hit TV show Hee Haw. Their latest CD is Lester's Loafin' Lounge.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 29, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
Celebrating The Legacy of the Carter Family (Episode #1804H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
The Carter Family are considered the most influential group in country music history. Comprised of a gaunt, shy gospel quartet member named Alvin P. Carter and two reserved country girls -- his wife, Sara, and their sister-in-law, Maybelle -- the Carter Family sang a pure, simple harmony that influenced not only the numerous other family groups of the '30s and the '40s, but folk, bluegrass, and rock musicians like Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, the Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris, to mention just a few. Among the more than 300 sides they recorded are "Worried Man Blues," "Wabash Cannonball," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Wildwood Flower, " and "Keep on the Sunny Side." This WoodSongs Special Event Broadcast will be celebrating the Legacy of the Carter Family and will feature: John Carter Cash has been involved in music all his life and is an accomplished and award winning record producer. However, his activities in the creative world reach far beyond just music production. He is also a singer-songwriter, and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors. Dale Jett is a native of Southwest Virginia and is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, his roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family's musical heritage. Their group, "Hello Stranger", features Dale as he carries on the Carter Family tradition. Al, Alice & Ruth are a Berea-based Appalachian and bluegrass trio. They toured for years as part of the McLain Family Band, a world-renowned family bluegrass band and Kentucky musical treasure.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
Tom Paxton/Sam Gleaves (Episode #1803H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Tom Paxton is a legendary singer/songwriter. Paxton headed to Greenwich Village in the early '60s, just in time to join Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez and other troubadours who took over coffeehouse stages - and took on the world. Paxton has been raising his rich voice in song ever since, carrying on the folk tradition with passion, wit and grace. He is considered one of the great songwriters of the last century and will be reckoned as one of the greats in this new century, as well. He's celebrating the release of his 62nd (or so) album, Redemption Road. Sam Gleaves was raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, where he has sung his entire life. Sam's performances combine traditional ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music. Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and has performed throughout the United States and internationally. He's released a debut album of contemporary Appalachian songs called Ain't We Brothers.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 15, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
The Mavericks/Whitney Rose (Episode #1802H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
The Mavericks merge traditional country with traditional rock & roll. The band became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early '90s. Raul Malo remains the lead singer of the band, his voice easily navigating country, rockabilly, Latino and even opera. The legendary group has released a brand new album called Mono. Whitney Rose is a special guest on the show as requested by Raul Malo himself, who produced her new album Heartbreaker of the Year. Whitney is a powerful Canadian artist who first met the Mavericks when she was booked to open for them in Toronto, and they were suitably impressed enough to ask her to join them for their entire 2014 cross-Canada tour.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 2:00 AM