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.
Nelle King / David Wax Museum One (#1807H) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
Elle King is a phenomenal performer, songwriter, with an incredible voice and massive personality. Her single "Ex's & Oh's" is a hit. It just certified gold by the RIAA, has over 6.5 million views on YouTube and is nominated for two Grammys. She received raves at all the summer festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and more. Her debut album Love Stuff on RCA Records marks the true arrival of the young singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist as a pop force to be reckoned with. It's frank and fearless, tender and rowdy. David Wax Museum had the breakout performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival and made them the most talked-about band of the weekend, with NPR hailing them as "pure, irresistible joy." David Wax Museum's new album Guesthouse melds the band's strong acoustic sound with synthesizers, layers of percussion, and adventurous sonic processing to create the band's boldest studio album to date.
Charlie Musselwhite/Gill Landry (#1808H) Duration: 56:35 STEREO TVG
Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also is a respected singer and songwriter in his own right. He has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper, just to name to name a few. His latest I Ain't Lyin' is all Charlie - original tunes penned by this Grammy winning master that resonate with the South itself. Gill Landry is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana. After cutting his musical teeth busking in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing on guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. Gill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label.
Kinky Friedman/Kacey Jones (#1809H) Duration: 56:31 STEREO TVG
Kinky Friedman is America's most famous Jewish cowboy. He's a songwriter, musician, author, comedian, philosopher, thinker and politician. His band is called "Texas Jewboys" and his big hit is "They Don't Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore." Kinky is one of the modern era's closest link to Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. Kinky performs songs from his new album The Loneliest Man I Even Met. Kacey Jones is one of America's funniest ladies of song. She produced an album with Kinky and has a huge body of work in her own right. Her latest song "Donald Trump's Hair" is a hysterical song about one of the recent campaign's oddest subjects.
Iris Dement/Leyla McCalla (#1810H) Duration: 56:34 STEREO TVG
Iris Dement is considered "one of the great voices in contemporary popular music" (NPR), Beginning with her 1992 debut, Infamous Angel, which was hailed as "an essential album of the 1990's" by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as "one of the finest singer-songwriters in America" according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. The Trackless Woods is her latest and foriginal music and melodies, the record brings 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Iris recorded the album in five days, immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems juxtaposed with Akhmatova's lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. Leyla Mccalla is a multi-instrumentalist, is a cellist and singer whose distinctive sound is impossible to replicate. Leyla toured and recorded with the renowned African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and is now focused on her solo career. Living in New Orleans, she released her debut album Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes in 2014. The album consists of compositions she has written to Langston Hughes poetry, Haitian folk songs and original pieces.
The Wood Brothers/The Claudettes (#1811H) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
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.
Celebration of Woodsongs Kids (#1812H) Duration: 56:34 STEREO TVG
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!
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with Eddy Raven/Martin Family Circus (#1813H) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
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.