Woodsongs Previous Broadcasts

Smithsonian Folkways Celebration (Episode #2203H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

On this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, we're honoring one of the most important legacy's in all of recorded music... Smithsonian Folkways in celebration of their 70th anniversary. As Michael Johnathon notes, "Smithsonian Folkways is the musical treasure box of America's roots music. It is Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. It's what WoodSongs aspires to be. Our show was even based on Pete's old TV series Rainbow Quest. It's like WoodSongs is coming full circle as we present the great work of Smithsonian Folkways to a worldwide audience." Appearing on the broadcast will be three incredible Folkways artists that continue the tradition that Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document the "people's music", carry forward. Artists appearing on the broadcast include: Dom Flemons co-founding member of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grenadian-Canadian songwriter and tradition bearer Kaia Kater and Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj. Folkways' Huib Schippers, (Curator and Director) and Jeff Place (Curator and Senior Archivist) will join Michael to share the label's mission, story and cultural heritage with WoodSongs' global audience. WoodSongs Kid: Mya Hunt is a thirteen-year-old vocalist from the Appalachian community in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

Sun Records Celebration (Episode #2202H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 9, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Sun Records was founded in 1952 by Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee and is The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Charlie Rich. This legacy broadcast of WoodSongs featuring all Memphis musicians is a jubilant homegrown commemoration of the timeless legacy of the tiny independent label that changed the face of American music. Memphis musician appearing on this legacy broadcast include: producer and Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes; acclaimed veteran of the Memphis music scene John Paul Keith; American singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress Amy LaVere and respected artist, songwriter and producer Will Sexton.

Tyminski and Drew Holcomb (Episode #2201H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 2, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Dan Tyminski is one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. He's been a member of Alison Krauss + Union Station for 25 years. He contributed guitar and/or harmony to many projects including the voice for George Clooney's on-screen character in 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' His daring new album 'Southern Gothic' merges electro-pop with his bluegrass and Americana roots. Drew Holcomb is a road warrior for more than a decade, has spent his adulthood onstage and on the road playing his honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. WoodSongs Kids: The Kellys hail from Springfield, Kentucky and perform an Appalachian rendition of the Korean folk song "Arrirang".

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