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.
Nikki Hill and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (#1404) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
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.
Exile (#1405) Duration: 59:00 STEREO TVG
Exile is one of America's legendary bands. In 1963, the year before the Beatles scored their first American hit, a group of kids calling themselves The Exiles climbed onto an outdoor stage in the small town of Richmond, Ky. The group, JP Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman are celebrating 50 years together with their first new album in 20 years, their induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and more.
Janiva Magness and Minton Sparks (#1406) Duration: 59:00 STEREO TVG
Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty and beauty born from her life experience. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor being the first). She returns to the WoodSongs stage with a brand new CD 'Stronger For It', where she co-wrote three remarkable, autobiographical songs for the album. Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand. She delivers words in beelines of bluesy rhythm and worries the hooks-and there are hooks-backed solely by the nimble acoustic guitar work of John Jackson, who's perhaps best known for having played with Bob Dylan. Her latest album, 'Live at the Station Inn', captures her and Jackson performing 13 memorable story-songs in front of an audience.
Old Man Luedecke and Sarah Jarosz (#1407) Duration: 59:00 STEREO TVG
Old Man Luedecke is an award-winning roots singer-songwriter from Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada. After touring the globe, winning multiple Juno Awards, and becoming a father to twin girls, Luedecke has finally found confidence in himself, and his art. His latest 'Tender Is The Heart' was produced by Tim O'Brien and goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Sarah Jarosz is the 22- year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside Austin, TX. A recent graduate from the prestigious New England Conservatory, she is releasing her third album, 'Build Me Up From Bones', for Sugar Hill Records. The album was just nominated for a Grammy.
The Indigo Girls (#1301) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
Tribute to Dr. Ralph Stanley featuring Don Rigsby, Nathan Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys (#1410) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
Don Rigsby has remained true to his mountain roots and made his own marks as a powerful tenor and distinctive mandolin player. He has a life-long passion for the music of Dr. Ralph Stanley. His latest release, 'Doctor's Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley', are all songs Stanley recorded throughout his 67-year (and counting) career. Some are rare gems the Old Master seldom or never performed in his stage shows. Don is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner of the SPBGMA's Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year awards. Nathan Stanley is the grandson of Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan has been called the "Prince Of Bluegrass" and an heir to the Stanley Music Royalty. His new album, 'The Legacy Continues', salutes his bluegrass forebears and introduces some newer tunes that have all the earmarks of enduring, including the heartfelt self penned song "Papaw, I Love you". The Clinch Mountain Boys has been the name of Dr. Stanley touring band since he and his brother started performing together as The Stanley Brothers in 1946. The band has produced some of Country and Bluegrass music's biggest stars including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and the late Keith Whitley. The Clinch Mountain Boys will be the backup band for both Nathan and Don for this historic WoodSongs broadcast. About Dr. Ralph Stanley: Dr. Stanley is the legendary icon, that for over 6 decades, has become one of the most influential artists of all time. In 1946, along with his older brother Carter Stanley, they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. After Carter's death, Stanley shifted the band's musical emphasis from hard-driving bluegrass to an older, sadder, less adorned mountain style. In 2002, Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of "Oh Death" that was featured in the movie and soundtrack for "O Brother Where Art Thou".