This series 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
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with Eddy Raven/Martin Family Circus (Episode #1813H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have a distinct sound and charismatic stage show, which sets them apart from many traditional bluegrass bands. Affectionately known as the "Lady of Tradition" in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. She just won SPBGMA's 2015 Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and the band took home honors for 2015 SPBGMA's Song of the Year for "That's Kentucky". Appearing with Lorraine & Carolina Road on this Special WoodSongs Broadcast will be: Cajun-influenced country star Eddy Raven with 8 #1 songs. The Martin Family Circus is a spectacular, talented, adorable family band of brilliant musicians. Paul Martin is a major Nashville session player, became an EXILE band member, and touring partner with Marty Stuart and the Oak Ridge Boys. The family includes mom and dad plus four kids 6-16.
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
Celebration of Woodsongs Kids (Episode #1812H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Woodsongs Kids have become one of the most popular parts of every of WoodSongs broadcast since Michael Johnathon introduced it last year. Every week a talented young performer appears on stage along side the professional/touring artists. It's created some incredible one-of-kind musical moments. This broadcast will be made up entirely of WoodSongs Kids!
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
The Wood Brothers/The Claudettes (Episode #1811H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
The Wood Brothers began as something of a side project between Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood) and brother Oliver (Tinsley Ellis and King Johnson) in 2006. Adapting the blues, folk and other roots-music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high-lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned, it's become quite clear that The Wood Brothers have indeed become the main act. With the addition of drummer Jano Rix, the band have become a stalwart on the Americana scene and "Masters of Soulful Funk" (Paste Magazine). Paradise is the band's fifth album and it's their most sophisticated and rocking work to date. The Claudettes create their own fanatical fusion of blues and soul-jazz-like Ray Charles on a punk kick. Think The White Stripes and Black Keys brandish with a piano instead and fronted by Nigerian-American singer/dancer Yana who sings in French. File under: post-burlesque? Neo-vaudeville? Cosmic cartoon music? You've never seen a band quite like this.
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 2:00 AM