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
Jewel (Episode #1801H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 23, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Jewel is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter, poet and actress. She has sold more than 25 million albums over her musical career. Her debut album Pieces of You had the hit "Who Will Save Your Soul". From the remote tundra of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the 41-year-old singer has always found a way to persevere and convey the emotional turmoil of life during it's most difficult and challenging moments through her work. Jewel tells the countless moments of introspection that led her here with her memoir Never Broken and new album Picking Up The Pieces.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 24, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
Emisunshine and Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (Episode #1713H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
EMI Sunshine isn't your average 10-year-old. She is not only a singing sensation, she's an old soul. The Madisonville, Tenn. Native grew up listening to classic Bluegrass and country singers. Emi has already performed at the Ryman, appeared on the TODAY show and garnered over a million views on YouTube with her cover of "Folsom Prison Blues." She is a multi-instrumentalist and writes her own songs. Emi and her band The Rain will be performing songs from her album 'Black Sunday '35'.
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley have a new duo project together that features a stellar mix of bluegrass and traditional country. Rob is recognized as one of the most innovative Dobro players on the scene. He won The IMBA's Dobro Player of the Year award for a record-setting fifteenth time in 2013. He is a founding member of the bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway and has recorded with a wide range of artists,including Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, David Lee Roth, and more. Trey is only 23 and has performed with some of the best in country and bluegrass music including: Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner. Rob gave his partner high praise by calling him "one of the most talented folks I've ever worked with".
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 10, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
The US Navy Bluegrass Band Country Current and Pat Flynn (Episode #1712H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Country Current, the premier country-bluegrass group of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, showcases a five-member acoustic ensemble performing traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass compositions. Former Country Current director, Master Chief Musician Bill Emerson, established the ensemble in 1989. The ensemble is in constant demand by the nation's most prominent bluegrass festivals and have performed with legendary bluegrass artists such as Alison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Rhonda Vincent and the "Father of Bluegrass," the late Bill Monroe.
Pat Flynn is a Nashville guitar virtuoso. As guitarist - singer - songwriter for New Grass Revival, Flynn, along with Sam Bush, John Cowan, and Bela Fleck, influenced many of today's best-known artists while building New Grass Revival's own loyal audience to near cult status. Flynn has also been a session guitarist on more than 400 CD projects, including 32 Gold and Platinum records, as well as CMA and Grammy award winning projects with a wide array artists including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Travis and Michael Martin Murphey. Over the past decade, Flynn has released three solo albums, "reQuest," "reVision" and the new "reNew."
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 -- 2:00 AM