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 mission of the program 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. The TV program allows the viewers to watch the radio show production and experience the event in much the same way as the live theatre audience.
Woodsongs Previous Broadcasts
Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth (Episode #1402)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
The Steep Canyon Rangers are an acoustic Bluegrass quintet from Asheville, NC. Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers were nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, "Lovin' Pretty Women). The Rangers were also named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. They won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. The band will be performing material from their new album 'Tell The Ones I Love'. Shannon Whitworth's sultry, bluesy styling's on her new album 'High Tide' ascertains her new place in the musical landscape. Since her days as the anchor voice and songwriter of lauded N.C. ensemble The Biscuit Burners, Shannon Whitworth has attracted international attention with her passionate presence and a talent that's evident within moments of taking the stage. On the heels of a year spent touring with Chris Isaak and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and recording as the singing voice of Belk department stores' latest campaign, 'High Tide' finds Whitworth leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind for her swoon-inducing style.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
Nikki Hill and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Episode #1404)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 11:00 PM
Nikki Hill hails from Durham, North Carolina. She draws on vintage female rhythm and blues influences such as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown, as well as some of her favorite male singers Otis Redding and Solomon Burke, without being stuck or pigeonholed strictly as a 'retro' artist. Her tough vocal style fits with contemporary sensibilities yet evokes all the great blues shouters of previous decades. With the success of similar artists such as Amy Winehouse or Imelda May, Hill is poised to blaze her own trail in their wake. Her new release is 'Here's Nikki Hill!' Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. Rick was awarded the Blues Foundation's prestigious Blues Music Award for Best Harmonica Player at the 34th annual BMA. He will be performing with his band The Nightcats. His latest is 'One Wrong Turn' on Alligator Records.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 5:00 AM