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Dukes of Hazzard Star Tom Wopat Hosts Next Fan Meet & Greet Events In October At Cooter’s Place In Pigeon Forge & Luray

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2022)Tom Wopat is an award winning actor from the hit CBS-TV series Dukes of Hazzard, a celebrated singer-songwriter, and a Tony award nominated Broadway musical star. His next appearance and fan meet and greet event is set for Cooter’s Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on October 8 & 9, from 11am – 3pm ET. The following weekend on October 15 & 16 he will appear at Cooter’s Place in Luray, Virginia from 11am – 3pm ET each day. Admission to the museums are FREE, with various photo opportunities available that are $10 and up. Additional information can be found online at CootersPlace.com or by downloading the Cooter’s Place app.  

Tom Wopat Shows & Appearances:
OCT 08-09 – Cooter’s Place / Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
OCT 15-16 – Cooter’s Place / Luray, Va.
DEC 02 – Tom Wopat Christmas Concert / Bangor, WI
DEC 08 – Tom Wopat Christmas Concert / Baraboo, WI
DEC 17-18 – Christmas at Cooter’s Place / Luray, Va.
** For Tom Wopat’s most updated tour and appearance schedule visit TomWopat.com or follow on BandsInTown. 

About Tom Wopat:
Tom Wopat, first entering the national consciousness as “Luke “ in the iconic TV series, “The Dukes of Hazzard ” has been performing in stage musicals since the age of 12. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, educated at the UW-Madison, Wopat has enjoyed a multi -faceted career in film, television, on the Broadway stage, and singing in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole’ Opry, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has also recorded 12 albums in the last 35 years, the most recent being his 2017 release, the eponymous singer/songwriter-styled “Wopat”. He also had a 5 week residency singing at the Beach Cafe on 70th and 2nd Avenue. Beginning with a starring role in 1978’s “I Love My Wife”, Tom has enjoyed a great deal of success on Broadway, including critically acclaimed work in plays such as “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Glengarry Glenn Ross”. Noted for his portrayal of leading men in a number of musicals, his Broadway career has been crowned by a pair of Tony nominations, one for “Annie, Get Your Gun” in 1999, and again in 2008 for “A Catered Affair”. Wopat recently added to his television credits with a guest-starring role in “Madame Secretary”. His favorite big screen adventure would have to be a featured role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”. Tom says, “At this point, I basically do what I enjoy… I’ve been blessed.”

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WoodSongs Music Distribution To Benefit Appalachian Flood Victims Set For October 29 At Knott County Central High School

Mountain Top Media TV & WKYT-TV reports on why & how the effort came together

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum joins effort as instrument donation drop-off point

Those wishing to donate instruments or services may visit
WoodSongs.com/Flood or
email wfpa@woodsongs.com for assistance

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 27, 2022) – Folksinger Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs broadcast wants to help restore the music of Appalachia’s front porches after torrential rains washed away homes, businesses, bridges and, for many, music instruments in communities of eastern Kentucky.  WoodSongs will replace musical instruments for FREE for any person or organization affected by the floods.

Any resident of the flooded areas in Knott, Letcher, Perry, Breathitt, Johnson, Pike may come and receive FREE replacement guitars, banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, band instruments and more while supplies last. It is recommended you visit WoodSongs.com/flood to reserve your request.

The distribution date to deliver instruments has been arranged for Saturday, October 29 at the Knott County Central High School parking lot (76 Patriot Lane, Hindman, KY 41822) from 1-5pm ET. Any resident of the flooded areas in Knott, Letcher, Johnson, Pike, Perry, or Breathitt counties can come and receive FREE replacement guitars, banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, band instruments while supplies last. It is recommended you visit WoodSongs.com/flood to reserve your request.

This past March the WoodSongs completed a similar project for the communities destroyed by tornadoes in western Kentucky, collecting nearly 1,000 musical instruments from across America for musicians in Mayfield, Dawson Springs and other regions in Western Kentucky (woodsongs.com/tornado).

“I believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, it drives everything we do, everything we create and everything we feel,” Johnathon said. “This is a time to put our politics, opinions and divisions aside and be loving neighbors to those in real, actual need. Let’s not underestimate the comfort music and art can bring to families and neighbors in a time of great loss. When the time is right, we will be there.”

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Memories of Honor To Host Inaugural ‘Military City Miles & Memories’ Bike Ride To Honor Fallen Service Members & Veterans, October 22 In San Antonio

MOH offering FREE exhibit space to other veterans’ service organizations & charities in Mission County Park’s Rotunda Pavilion during event

Executive Director & Blue-Star Mother Amy Cotta talks MOH mission & events
on WSMV’s “Today In Nashville” [click to watch] 

Past Memories of Honor event photo galleries for media [view/download here]

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (September 20, 2022) — Memories of Honor is a registered national non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to make every day Memorial Day. Memories of Honor (MOH), is excited to announce their inaugural Military City Miles & Memories (MCMM) honorary bike ride taking place on Saturday, October 22 in San Antonio, Texas’ beautiful Mission County Park. To accommodate all levels of cyclists, the memorial ride is offered in three different distances: 22 mile, 46 mile, and 62 mile courses. Each mile is dedicated in honor and memory of a fallen veteran, and every participant rides in honor and memory of a fallen service member. Each participant will carry one of our Fallen Hero Memorial bibs with the name of a fallen on it. Each participant will also receive a commemorative challenge coin & t-shirt. 

Like other Memories of Honor sponsored events, MCMM is one great way for the general public to show appreciation and support for our military Veterans and Gold Star Families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. MOH works in partnership with other veteran’s service organizations and nonprofits to accomplish their mission, and is currently offering FREE exhibit space to those types of organizations at MCMM in the Rotunda Pavilion during the event. Veterans service organizations already scheduled to be present include: Gold Star Family Retreat, Warriors Heart, Pedal Guerrero, Muddee Waters: Scars & Stripes Coffee, Travis Manion Foundation, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center, and Earn-a-Bike. To request space, please contact Traci Uribe via email: traci@memoriesofhonor.org

MCMM is open to the general public, those wishing to participate may register by clicking here or by visiting militarycitymm.com.

EVENT DETAILS

  • DATE: Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN: 7:00am 
  • RACE TIME:  Wheels up at 8:00am 
  • LOCATION: Mission County Park- Rotunda Pavilion
  • EARLY PACKET PICKUP: Bike World Southside (835 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, Tex.)
    • Pickup Times & Dates: October 19th and 20th from 3pm to 7pm 
    • *Store Accessories: 10% discount during packet pickup*

REGISTRATION INCLUDES

  • Fully supported group ride with moto marshals along the ride
  • Event t-shirt (Guaranteed to those who register prior to the t-shirt cut-off)
  • Commemorative bib (Guaranteed to the first 250 riders)
  • Fallen Hero Memorial Bib containing the name of a fallen service member
  • Commemorative challenge coin (While supplies last)

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About Memories of Honor:
Memories of Honor is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to make EVERY DAY Memorial Day. We use athletics, entertainment, special events, and social media campaigns to create living breathing memorials so that no loss of life in or due to military service is forgotten. MOH also produces other athletics events which honor military and veterans such as the Bataan Challenge, Social Distancing Challenge, Boots For Troops, 101 Heroes Ride, and others. Visit memoriesofhonor.org to learn more or to become involved. 

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WoodSongs Broadcast Begins Production Of ‘WoodSongs Kids’ Spin-Off Series

Folksinger Michael Johnathon discusses the new TV show with Bluegrass Today

“Mr. Rogers meets the Grand Ole Opry”

Schools, teachers, home school parents and students come FREE to the Oct. 10 taping at the Lyric Theater

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 20, 2022) – Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s nationally syndicated radio and TV broadcast, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, is set to begin initial pilot production for a new spin-off series called WoodSongs Kids. The upcoming October 10 taping at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky will feature numerous kid musicians (ages 6-16). School teachers, and home school parents may bring their students for FREE to the Oct. 10 taping. WoodSongs Kids is being produced initially as a TV series for public television TV affiliates across the nation.

“We have featured young kids on every WoodSongs broadcast for years, making it a highlight of the show every week,” Johnathon said. “WoodSongs Kids will be devoted exclusively to the kids of America’s front porch. Think “Mr. Rogers meets the Grand Ole Opry” and you will have a good idea of what’s coming.” 

With a global partnership with the Department of Kentucky Tourism and VisitLEX, an extended residency for the next five years at the historic Lyric Theatre and a recently installed exhibit at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, WoodSongs continues to grow its radio affiliate base, enhance its online presence, and expand its large TV audience.  WoodSongs invites people from around the world to visit and experience the welcoming “front porch” of Kentucky, which is at the crossroads of America’s folk, country and bluegrass music communities. 

For official show information and production updates on the new WoodSongs Kid series visit woodsongs.com/kidstv

About WoodSongs:
WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all-volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots, bluegrass, country and folk music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland and across the United States. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is broadcast into millions of homes as a public television series on KET in Kentucky and PBS stations coast-to-coast, nationwide every Friday on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network, and streaming on several online services including YouTube.

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Adam Warner Births A Honky Tonk Southern Rock Jam With Storyful New Song & Music Video For “One Drunk”

“The U.S. Marine veteran with the killer voice…”
– Tricia Despres, Taste Of Country

Music video exclusively premiered by Taste Of Country Monday; with network TV airings set with The Country Network, The Heartland Network, and more

Appeared on WBKO-TV’s “Midday Live” to chat about the live shot music video with Warner’s fans at Spillway Bar & Grill in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Hailed by Rolling Stone for helping bring Nashville to Las Vegas for his Life Is Beautiful Music Festival performance 

Available in N.Y.C. for Veteran’s Day & Marine Corps Birthday, November 9-11

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2022) – Country singer-songwriter and U.S. Marine veteran Adam Warner continues rolling out new music from his forthcoming new album, What We’re Known For, slated for a December 16 release by Sunday Supper Records and The Orchard

On the album’s fifth track “One Drunk,” available everywhere September 23 [orcd.co/gmv3r04], Warner takes a purely southern rock song and turns into his own on-brand honky tonk jam complete with it’s own signature line dance created by Kentucky native and former Tennessee Titans cheerleader Brooke Bailey Abner

“One Drunk is such a fun song to perform live,” Warner said. “No matter where we play that song, it always ends up starting a line dance!” 

The new song and video was exclusively premiered by Taste of Country today, ahead of the official September 23 release on the digital streaming platforms, and the Sept. 30 video release on Adam’s YouTube channel, followed by nationwide OTA & streaming TV network airings with The Country Network, The Heartland Network and others. 

Adam made a call-out to his fans and the general public to come and participate in his music video shoot on a recent TV interview on WBKO-TV’s “Midday Live.” Adam and his band then live-shot the music video during a tour stop at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Spillway Bar & Grill, to a packed house. 

In the video, Abner leads on her signature dance and backed by former Tennessee Titan Cheerleaders Julia Nicholson Bedwell, Stephanie Nicole Longo, and Stacie Kinder, who melds the line dance into the story of that one drunk guy which many bars and honky tonks alway seems to have on any given night. Jacob Glass portrays the one drunk guy, who also haphazardly joins in on the dance.   

“The One Drunk video was my second time getting to work with the beautiful Tennessee Titans cheerleaders,” Adam continued.  “I really love the line dance that Brooke Bailey Abner created for this song! It just really brings out the natural fun this song always seems to spark when I play it out live!”  

Warner picked up his first praise from Rolling Stone for a recent live performance of “One Drunk” during the Life Is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas, where he performed as part of the Western Country Club along with Tenille Arts, Tanner Adell & Jordan Harvey

Music from What We’re Known For has been featured by People Magazine, Forbes, Cowboys & Indians, RFD-TV, Newsmax, and is the follow-up album to Warner’s Big Storm (2021), which contained fan favorites “4 Square Miles,” “That’s How You Know You’re Livin’” and “SemperFi,” featuring Trace Adkins.

Single name: “One Drunk”
Audio release date: Sept. 23, 2022
Video release date: Sept. 30, 2022
Pre-save/Buy/Listen: orcd.co/gmv3r04
Songwriters: John Caldwell, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley
ISRC#: QM4TX2232324
Album name: What We’re Known For
Record label: Sunday Supper Records / The Orchard
Audio produced by: Daniel Dennis
Video director: Karl Weidmann, Josh Mendez with Southern Cabin Films

What We’re Known For Track Listing & Songwriters: 

  1. What We’re Known For (Mark Addison Chandler, Matt Williams)
  2. Catchin’ Hell (Adam Warner, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley, Josh Gallagher)
  3. Lost In A Country Song (Barrett Baber, John Caldwell, Mark Addison Chandler, Taylor Goyette)
  4. Split A Beer (Adam Warner, Mark Addison Chandler, Josh Gallagher, Taylor Goyette)
  5. One Drunk (John Caldwell, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley)
  6. Reason To Redneck (John Caldwell, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley, Dawson Edwards) 
  7. Got Started (Adam Warner, Mark Addison Chandler, Lewis Brice, Josh Gallagher)
  8. Like Daddy Did (Adam Warner, Smith Curry, Steven Nix)
  9. First Face (Adam Warner, Mark Addison Chandler, Lewis Brice, Josh Gallagher)
  10. Granny’s Lincoln (Adam Warner, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley, Josh Gallagher)
  11. Long Haired Country Boy (Charlie Daniels)
  12. Goodbye Hometown (Trafton Harvey, Quinn Loggins, Joe Doyle)

Upcoming Show Dates:
OCT 08 – Music for Veterans @ Urban Cantina / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 9-11 – TBA / New York City, N.Y.
JAN 09-14 – Million Dollar Cowboy Bar / Jackson, Wyo.
*For Adam’s most up-to-date tour schedule, follow on BandsInTown or visit AdamWarnerIsCountry.com

About Adam Warner:
Adam Warner brings a big sound from a small town swagger to the country scene; fusing his timeless drawl with the infectious ‘take it or leave it’ energy of rock n roll, Warner has mastered the art of a good time. After proudly serving in the United States Marines, Adam Warner crafted his country rock catalog in Nashville, Tennessee–with singles like “Catchin’ Hell” and “Long Haired Country Boy” and more in the pipeline for 2022, every aspect of his brand bleeds red, white and blue. A self-proclaimed bad influence, Warner has learned not to take himself too seriously, and his music offers his audience a chance to do the same.

Despite his rowdy bravado, Adam Warner still honors the best of country’s time honored traditions with songs like “Someone God Can Use,” which he humbly performed at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House. With influences extending across decades of musical icons, Warner has shared the stage with some of his biggest heroes, including Lee Brice, Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann, American Young, Midland, Trace Adkins, Neil McCoy, Rhonda Vincent and Darrell Singletary. Having already celebrated a multitude of career highs, Warner has become ingrained in the country music community with releases like “Semper Fi” featuring Trace Adkins, which pays homage to active and former military, along with the 2018 Tennessee Titans anthem “Welcome to the South”–played at every home game at Nissan Stadium.

Adam Warner’s music mimics the philosophy in which he lives his life by. “Do what you love and love what you do,” he asserts, “there’s no restart button. One of the greatest things about music is that it lives forever, my songs will be around long after I’m gone. But while I’m here, I want to help people live in the moment. At the end of the day, if I can play a part in one person’s good day, if I can make some laugh, cry or feel something, I know I’ve done my job as an artist.”  The best of Adam Warner is yet to come–stay tuned for upcoming tour dates and high-octane releases that’ll set the soundtrack for 2022.

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Country Singer-Songwriter Brei Carter Releases Eclectic Debut Album ‘Brand New Country,’ With Powerful Focus Track & New Single “Stronger Than That”

“…feisty, sprightly country singer-songwriter.
— Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine

“Carter gives the timeless Pride hit a modern sheen, and it capably serves as a showcase for her powerful voice.”
— Jessica Nicholson, Billboard

Brand New Country available everywhere NOW on all digital music platforms or at linktr.ee/breicarter

“Stronger Than That” available to country radio programmers via GrassRoots Promotion & PlayMPE

Interview & appearance requests for media & radio, please email jwa@jwamedia.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (September 16, 2022) Country and southern pop singer-songwriter Brei Carter has released her debut album today, Brand New Country, available everywhere digitally on all major music platforms, or at linktr.ee/breicarter. Brand New Country features an eclectic collection of new and previously released music which Brei wrote and recorded with a diverse group of multi-genre music producers and songwriters, including Nashville veteran Curt Ryle (Taylor Swift, Pam Tillis, Brooks & Dunn) and Jason Wyatt (Kid Rock, Sweet Tea Trio), along with Atlanta based R&B/Hip-Hop music producers William Washington WLPWR (Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Yellawolf) and Bridgetown (Mary J Blige, Neyo, Trey Songz), and St. Louis based pop and hip-hop producer SP Fredrick Perine (Baby Bam, JungleBrothers, Ball & Ro).

Plus, Brand New Country features fan familiar favorites like the catchy chorus hook in “Gave Him A Girl,” or Brei’s timeless reworking of Charley Pride’s “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin,’” or her last single, the standoffish and feisty “Paybacks,” all of which have garnered her critical acclaim from country music tastemakers. Songs which the blossoming Nashville-based country recording artist has also crafted her very likable reputation on. 

“Stronger Than That” is Brei’s next single to country radio and the album’s current focus track that was produced by Jason Wyatt and co-written with Wayne Burton. As her songs are typically known for, the song’s message is as timely as it is powerful, and is part of her life’s musical story book. 

“When Wayne and I wrote that song, I wanted to tell my story of what I went through growing up, how I felt,” Brei explained. “I wanted to share with the world that no matter what obstacles they were dealing with or going through, that they could make it. Stronger than that is a reminder that you’re tougher than you think and to believe in yourself regardless of what others think or say.”

Since making her emergence into Nashville’s bustling music scene in 2016, Brei has quickly established herself as a smooth and sometimes edgy songstress whose single catalog has garnered praise from Billboard, Music Row Magazine’s Robert K. Oermann, St. Louis Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, and has landed her appearances on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, NewsMax-TV, RFD-TV, WSMV-TV and others. Carter’s infectious melodies also helped propel her onto the CMA Fest Spotlight Stage this past June, where she gave her first performance at a major music festival. 

Single name: “Stronger Than That”
Album name: Brand New Country
ISRC#: USHM82220253
UPC#: 198004229401
Release date: September 16, 2022
Album audio producers: Jason Wyatt, Curt Ryle, Bridgetown, SP Fredrick Perine, William Washington WLPWR
Buy/Stream/Listen at linktr.ee/breicarter or Soundcloud

Track Listing, Producers & Songwriters: 

  1. “Brand New Country” $ (Brei Carter, Shawn Hubbard)
  2. “Smiling” * (Brei Carter, Josh Courson, Jason Wyatt)
  3. “Roadmaps Of Memories” ^ (Curt Ryle, Hollie Jett)
  4. “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” * (Ben James Peters)
  5. “Cowboy Romeo” * (Brei Carter, Jason Wyatt, James Breedwell)
  6. “Paybacks” * (Brei Carter, Jason Campbell, Terry Smith)
  7. “Stronger Than That” * (Brei Carter, Wayne Burton)
  8. “Country Choir” * (Corey Lee Barker, Shantell Odgen)
  9. “Sippin On A Good Time” ^ (Curt Ryle, Kelsey Hart, Tony Mullins)
  10. “Cowgirl” ^ (Brei Carter, Carli Vintaj) 
  11. “Here’s To Nowhere” * (Brei Carter, Corey Lee Barker)
  12. “Propane” @ (Brei Carter, Misha Fair)
  13. “Gave Him A Girl” * (Brei Carter, Mason Douglas, Jason Wyatt)
  14. “Love Don’t Look Like This” ^ (Marilyn Crawley)
  15. “Yours” * (Corey Lee Barker, Charley Woods)
  16. “Ride In The Desert” featuring Josh Waters + (Brei Carter, SP Fredrick Perine, Shawn Hubbard)
    * = Produced by Jason Wyatt
    ^ = Produced by Curt Ryle
    + = Produced by SP Fredrick Perine
    @ = Produced by William Washington WLPWR
    $ = Produced by Bridgetown


About Brei Carter:
Emerging crossover country and southern pop recording artist Brei Carter is proof that sometimes faith, patience and time pays off. Growing up in Monroe, Louisiana with a solid, southern upbringing, Brei’s family raised her on several authentic southern staples: the Bible, Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church’s choir, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Aretha Franklin, and no shortage of familial love and devotion. However, before she became the dynamic and vivacious country singer she is today, Brei was busy earning a Bachelors in Business from University of Louisiana in Monroe, a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, and a Doctorate in Theology from New Foundation Theological Seminary. She is also a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served as an enlisted soldier and as an officer. Having moved to Nashville soon thereafter, Brei has quickly established herself in the songwriters community as a smooth and sometimes edgy songstress who melds country, soul and southern pop into one fused style. Her first single at country radio “Gave Him A Girl” was immediately recognized as “cute and catchy” by country music journalist and historian Robert K. Oermann in his weekly DISClaimer review column for Music Row Magazine, where it eventually charted up to #71. With a growing catalog of new music, including her debut album Brand New Country, slated for a September 16 release, this young singer-songwriter is a welcome addition to the emerging new styles of the country music community.

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Dukes of Hazzard Star Tom Wopat To Appear At Hazzard Fest 2022, September 23-24 in Greeneville, Tenn.

The world’s premier Dukes of Hazzard Festival includes guest appearances from the cast of the show along with other special guest meet and greets, concerts, comedy, wrestling, car show, and more!

Interview & appearance requests for Tom Wopat, please email jwa@jwamedia.com 

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 08, 2022)Tom Wopat is an award winning actor from the hit CBS-TV series Dukes of Hazzard, a celebrated singer-songwriter, and Broadway musical star. He is set for his next appearance and fan meet and greet during Hazzard Fest 2022, September 23 & 24 at Greene County Fairgrounds in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Wopat appears along with fellow Dukes of Hazzard co-stars Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg), and the show’s original stuntman Angelo Lamonea and lead car builder Tom Sarmento. Concerts and musical performances are scheduled to be given by country music stars Joe Nichols, Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Whey Jennings, Cledus T. Judd, Alex Miller, and others. A complete entertainment lineup and list of performers is located at HazzardFest.com. Tickets are expected to sell out, and may be purchased online by clicking here

About Tom Wopat:
Tom Wopat, first entering the national consciousness as “Luke “ in the iconic TV series, “The Dukes of Hazzard ” has been performing in stage musicals since the age of 12. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, educated at the UW-Madison, Wopat has enjoyed a multi -faceted career in film, television, on the Broadway stage, and singing in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole’ Opry, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has also recorded 12 albums in the last 35 years, the most recent being his 2017 release, the eponymous singer/songwriter-styled “Wopat”. He also had a 5 week residency singing at the Beach Cafe on 70th and 2nd Avenue. Beginning with a starring role in 1978’s “I Love My Wife”, Tom has enjoyed a great deal of success on Broadway, including critically acclaimed work in plays such as “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Glengarry Glenn Ross”. Noted for his portrayal of leading men in a number of musicals, his Broadway career has been crowned by a pair of Tony nominations, one for “Annie, Get Your Gun” in 1999, and again in 2008 for “A Catered Affair”. Wopat recently added to his television credits with a guest-starring role in “Madame Secretary”. His favorite big screen adventure would have to be a featured role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”. Tom says, “At this point, I basically do what I enjoy… I’ve been blessed.”

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WoodSongs Flood Relief Effort Organized For Musicians In Eastern Kentucky

“Let’s not underestimate the comfort music and art can bring to families and neighbors in a time of great loss. When the time is right, we will be there.” – Michael Johnathon

Those who wish to donate instruments or services may visit WoodSongs.com/Flood or email wfpa@woodsongs.com for assistance

WEKU, WSGS, WSIP, ESPN Sports Radio and more join as media partners

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 31, 2022) – Folksinger Michael Johnathon is once again calling upon his worldwide WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour community to help assist flood victims which ravaged portions of Eastern Kentucky last week. WoodSongs’ Flood Relief Effort will replace damaged or lost musical instruments for FREE for any person or organization affected by the recent floods which devastated communities throughout Eastern Kentucky. 

This past March the WoodSongs’ Tornado Relief Effort collected and redistributed nearly 1,000 musical instruments for tornado victims throughout regions in Western Kentucky. WoodSongs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Currier’s Music World in Richmond, Kentucky is once again functioning as the main redistribution point for the program, and will assist in shipping coordination of donated instruments to those musicians who resided in the flood water’s path. Additional regional drop-off locations and Music stores wishing to participate may email wfpa@woodsongs.com 

“I believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, it drives everything we do, everything we create and everything we feel,” Johnathon said. “This is a time to put our politics, opinions and divisions aside and be loving neighbors to those in real, actual need. Let’s not underestimate the comfort music and art can bring to families and neighbors in a time of great loss. When the time is right, we will be there.”

IF YOU LIVE IN THE FLOOD ZONE and need an instrument replaced, visit WoodSongs.com/flood to make your request and we will assist you.  Or you may scan the QR code provided with your mobile device to access the instrument request form.

WHAT WE NEED: guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, art supplies, keyboards, upright basses, electric instruments, amps, etc. PLEASE ONLY DONATE INSTRUMENTS IN GOOD, PLAYABLE CONDITION. You may drop it off at any of the locations listed below, ship directly to Curries Music World or if it is a large instrument like a piano or drum set send an email to wfpa@woodsongs.com. Make sure you include FLOOD in the subject heading, describing what you have and a photo, and include all your contact information.

PRIMARY DROP-OFF & SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR THE PUBLIC:
Currier’s Music World
292 S 2nd St.
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 623-6010
*include ‘WoodSongs Flood Relief’ on package

ADDITIONAL DROP-OFF ONLY LOCATIONS FOR THE PUBLIC:

KENTUCKY THEATRE
214 East Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 231-699

KENTUCKY CENTER FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC
Morehead State University
186 East First Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: (606) 783-9001

KENTUCKY SCHOOL OF BLUEGRASS & TRADITIONAL MUSIC
Hazard Community College
One Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701 
Phone: (606) 4387-3630

KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
2590 Richmond St
Mount Vernon, KY 40456
Phone: (606) 256-1000

MOUNTAIN MUSIC EXCHANGE
5171 N Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 437-5551

MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER
50 Hal Rogers Dr
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-2623

MOUNTAIN HEALTH ARENA
1 Civic, Center Plaza
Huntington, WV  25701
Phone: (304) 696-5990

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OP-ED: Michael Johnathon and the message of America’s Front Porch

He is a banjo playing folksinger. His worldview is shaped from the front porch of his log cabin home outside of Lexington, Kentucky.

“Never before in the history of the world has the need to revisit the meaning and spirit of the front porch been so needed,” Johnathon says.

Indeed, war, pandemic and economic uncertainty, civil unrest and gun violence, the shattering of accepted norms and the incessant social media noise have caused many to look back to re-examine where we are heading.

“This is not a political idea. It’s not left or right, republican or democrat, black or white, liberal or conservative. It is hometowns and neighbors, families and friends. It’s America, Canada, Ireland and beyond.” says Johnathon. “It’s the poetic calmness of rural communities that built arguably the greatest nation in world history.”

There is merit in that musical message. Generations ago there was a Slavic saying that went, “if everyone in the whole world simply took care of their own homes you would not have to worry about the world anymore.” In the 1960s that was rephrased into a bumper sticker, “Think globally. Act locally.”

To that end, the community-driven Michael Johnathon is not your average folksinger. A prolific songwriter with 19 nationally released albums, six published books, he also created and hosts a mammoth all volunteer-run public radio and TV broadcast, the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour airing on over 500 radio stations, millions of TV homes on PBS stations and the RFD TV Network, and worldwide on the American Forces Radio Network. 

In fact, the WoodSongs broadcast is described on-air as a multimedia front porch.

He conceived and created the national community of SongFarmers, artists and musicians faced with the post pandemic collapse of the music world and redirecting their efforts into their home towns and communities. Already there are 89 active chapters from Australia, across America and Ireland.

“We are living among the first generation in human history that gets its music and art as a flatscreen, cell phone, digital tsunami of ones and zeros,” he says. “The real, front porch, organic world of music and art is fading away.”

Johnathon has tapped into a global need for friends, community and the genuine comfort that organic art can give in a world of incessant stress.

It is an unlikely career trajectory that hasn’t been seen since folksinger Pete Seeger decided to build the Clearwater sloop to help clean up the Hudson river. While musicians and songwriters reach out for a golden ring that no longer exists in a record industry that has essentially collapsed, Michael Johnathon reaches instead to a global fan base made up of neighbors, families and fellow musicians.

“I think the truth of music and art is not being told to the world of struggling songwriters,” he says. “There is an illusion that the age of million selling records and world tours are still there, but it is not. The truth is that 99% of musicians will not get a record deal, will not get a booking agent, will not become stars.”

Johnathon believes in the passion and energy of those artists, that the greatest stage in the world is literally the emotional and spiritual front porch, the brightest spotlight shines on the figurative living room couch.

“Musicians have a wonderful opportunity to follow the example of artists like Pete Seeger, Harry Chapin and others,” Jonathon continued. “In the age of YouTube, doing good work is the equivalent of having a hit record.”

Johnathon continues to tirelessly pursue the idea of good work. His latest book WoodSongs 5 is a tribute to the struggling artists of yesterday and today including Vincent van Gogh. He completed the screenplay for the pending motion picture, Caney Creek: the Legend of Alice Lloyd, described by industry producers as the Dances with Wolves of Appalachia.

Beginning in October, he is launching another volunteer run TV series dedicated to the music of youngsters called “WoodSongs Kids,” a Mr. Rogers meets the Grand Ole Opry style broadcast. 

“I wish musicians understood that free is the new business model,” Johnathon explains. “Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter allows everybody in the world to use their platforms absolutely free. It is very much an incarnation of the front porch business model. Music can work that way as well and you can accomplish amazing things with it.”

WoodSongs was created and is sustained on the free business model. This past spring the folksinger reached out to the WoodSongs community and collected over 1,000 instruments and delivered them free of charge to the musicians who lost everything in the ravage destruction of tornadoes in western Kentucky. 

Recently, massive floods devastated the mountain communities of Appalachia and again he is enlisting the passionate front porch spirit of his fan-base to collect another 1,000 guitars, banjos, dulcimers, pianos and more and deliver them free of charge to the musicians in the mountains.

His belief in the front porch spirit has resulted in powerful partnerships. The Commonwealth of Kentucky gave him the prestigious MILNER AWARD of the ARTS reserved for the likes of Wendell Berry, James Still, Jean Ritchie and others. The Department of Kentucky Tourism came on board as a global partner of WoodSongs.

“To me, Kentucky is like the comfortable rocking chair on America’s front porch,” Michael said.

To find out more on how you can participate in the musical efforts of America’s front porch spirit you can visit these websites:

MichaelJohnathon.com
WoodSongs.com

SongFarmers.org

 

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Southern Soul Rocker Bryce McGlothin Reflects On Passing Of High School Friend Lily Grace McCarthy In Poignant New Song “Too Late To Say”

The American Idol Golden Ticket Winner teen’s new song is now streaming everywhere, or at: linktr.ee/brycemcglothinmusic 

New tribute video to Lily Grace McCarthy also available on Bryce’s YouTube channel

McGlothin announced as nominee for Best Local Musician in The Natchez Democrats’
‘Best of Miss-Lou’

JONESVILLE, La. (August 25, 2022) – Southern soul rock singer-songwriter Bryce McGlothin shows his heartfelt remorse for the loss of his high school friend Lily Grace McCarthy in his recently released poignant single, “Too Late To Say,” available now on all digital music platforms, or at linktr.ee/brycemcglothinmusic. The Jonesville, Louisiana native also released a new tribute music video on his YouTube channel with photos of Lily, who passed away all too soon in 2021 from a car wreck. 

“I feel like this song really shows what I felt after Lily passed away,” Bryce said. “She was always there to listen to any of my problems, or any of my troubles, which is what my thought process was while writing the first verse. Her loss was a devastating blow to our small-town, tight knit community, and we are still healing. I just hope my song helps keep her memory alive. Forever.” 

Since last year, Bryce has been supportive of, and has helped raise money for the Lily Grace McCarthy Memorial Scholarship, a charitable scholarship fund created in her honor. 

“Lily was a shining light for all of the people whose lives she took part in,” Bryce continued. “Not only will this scholarship help some students in need, but it is another reminder of how kind and generous she always was.”

The breakout singer-songwriter has been writing and recording with hit-making Nashville songwriter & producer Britton Cameron (Don Williams, Jon Pardi, Dillon Carmichael), who Bryce also co-wrote “Too Late To Say” with. McGlothin is being developed by PCG Artist Development in Nashville, under the direction of Bernard Porter

Single Name: “Too Late To Say”
Audio/video release date: August 17, 2022
Label/Development: PCG Artist Development
Songwriters: Bryce McGlothin, Britton Cameron
ISRC#: QZNWR2231732
Audio Producer: Britton Cameron
Video Producer/Director: Jennifer McGill
Buy/Stream/Listen: linktr.ee/brycemcglothinmusic
Official Video: youtu.be/bsH7QSLr59c

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Bryce McGlothin Contacts:
Media & PR: Jason W. Ashcraft / JWA Media | jwa@jwamedia.com | (615) 991-1125
Development: Bernard Porter / PCG Artists Development | bernard@pcgnashville.com

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