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Folksinger Michael Johnathon To Release 18th Studio Album ‘Cosmic Banjo’ January 21 On PoetMan Records

“Michael Johnathon continues to push conventional music boundaries with Cosmic Banjo”
– Jim Monaghan, WDHA-FM 

“…a useful reminder that it is an integral part of Americana music and deserving of far greater respect than it is often accorded.”
– Mike Davies, Folking.com

Featuring musical collaborations with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen, New Grass Revival’s Sam Bush & John Cowan, Bluegrass great Ronnie McCoury, IBMA award winner Rob Ickes, Kentucky Cellist Ben Sollee, & Niles String Quartet

Listen now on SoundCloud or buy at michaeljohnathon.com/banjo

Hard copy album requests for media please email physical mailing address to jwa@jwamedia.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon takes the banjo seriously on Cosmic Banjo, his 18th studio album due out January 21, 2022 on PoetMan Records. A celebration of the Pete Seeger style long neck banjo, Cosmic Banjo is the unexpected follow up to his Vincent van Gogh tribute album The Painter. It will be available across all major digital music platforms, and CDs available at michaeljohnathon.com/banjo.

Cosmic Banjo features several Bluegrass and roots music icons who collaborated with Johnathon in the studio. The opening track “Ballad of Bojangles” is a reimagined backstory of “Mister Bojangles,” made famous by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Founding member John McEuen plays mandolin on the song, and also appears on the Beatle-Esque interpretation of “Darlin’ Corey,” complete with a 21-piece string section and 17-time IBMA award winner Rob Ickes also performing. 

“The Baghdad Breakdown” brings a middle eastern flavor to bluegrass with contributions from New Grass Revival’s Sam Bush & John Cowan, along with bluegrass icon Ronnie McCoury, son of the great Del McCoury

“Regarding the title track, Cosmic Banjo wasn’t an accident, as I wrote and recorded it with Classical Gas in mind,” Johnathon explained. “The long neck banjo is not used very much these days, so I felt complete freedom to re-invent, re-interpret, re-discover the instrument with my personal way of playing.”

Michael’s unusual picking style uses a normal thumb pick, plus a metal pick on the first finger, but his second pick is upside down. That “picking and frailing” style was pioneered by folk music legend Pete Seeger, aggressively adjusted for Michael’s own unique banjo style of play. 

“I think I put a banjo song on every album I’ve ever recorded,” Johnathon said. “After The Painter album, it felt like it was time to celebrate the one instrument I picked up on the front porch, and in front of my wood stove in winter. Add some high-octane fuel to the music and give it a good kick in the rump.”

Album name: Cosmic Banjo
Release date: January 21, 2022
Record label: PoetMan Records
Produced by: Michael Johnathon
UPC#: 659696535329
Buy/Stream/Listen: michaeljohnathon.com/banjo or SoundCloud
Album highlights: View/Download PDF

Track Listing & Songwriters: 

    1. Ballad of Bojangles (Michael Johnathon)
    2. In the Evening (LeRoy Carr)
    3. MoonFire (Michael Johnathon)
    4. How Can I Keep from Singing (Michael Johnathon)
    5. Darlin’ Corey (Michael Johnathon)
    6. The Baghdad Breakdown (Michael Johnathon)
    7. Blue Skies (Irving Berlin) 
    8. East Virginia Blues (Michael Johnathon)
    9. Ban-Jokes (Michael Johnathon)
    10. Cosmic Banjo (Michael Johnathon)

About Michael Johnathon:
Folksinger Michael Johnathon recently won the prestigious Milner Award of the Arts in 2020. He is the screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience of over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 177 nations and the RFD-TV Network nationwide. His latest book, WoodSongs 5, is being released January, 2022 along with his 18th studio album, Cosmic Banjo.

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WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort Inspires Industry Support From Brands & Music Stores Throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana & Washington D.C.

“Let’s not underestimate the comfort music and art can bring to families and neighbors in a time of great loss.” – Michael Johnathon

Donation and drop-off deadline of January 15 announced as focus shifts to distribution efforts from late January through early February

New general public drop-off locations established at local music stores in Nashville, Tennessee, Louisville, Bowling Green, & Richmond, Kentucky, Jeffersonville, Indiana & metro Washington D.C. 

Tornado victims and those who wish to donate instruments or services may visit WoodSongs.com/Tornado or email radio@woodsongs.com for assistance

Additional companies, brands, music stores, or musicians who wish to contribute to the overall effort, please contact jwa@jwamedia.com or radio@woodsongs.com 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon has called upon music communities throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and beyond – along with his faithful worldwide WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour community – and they are responding. Still being mobilized and organized, the WoodSongs’ Tornado Relief Effort is thankful for the support from Martin Guitar Company, who will donate guitar strings for donated guitars needing replacements. Additional brand alliances are being formulated, and will be announced at WoodSongs.com/Tornado.   

Additional regional drop-off locations for the general public to make donations of working musical instruments have been set up in Nashville at The Mandolin Store, in Owensboro beginning January 3 at Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, in Louisville at Mom’s Music, in Bowling Green at Musician’s Pro Music Store, and in Jeffersonville, Indiana at Maxwell’s House of Music, and in metro Washington D.C. at House of Musical Traditions.

Currier’s Music World in Richmond, Kentucky is 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 tornado’s path. The general public is asked to direct ship any instrument donations directly to Currier’s Music World, with “WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort” marked on the packaging.

WoodSongs’ Tornado Relief Effort  will replace damaged or lost musical instruments for FREE for any person or organization affected by the recent tornados which devastated communities throughout Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. WoodSongs is a 501c(3) non-profit association based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Johnathon explained the reason for the program’s creation on his YouTube channel recently, and has called for the immediate need to restore music and art to those affected by the tornado devastation.

“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.”

IF YOU LIVE IN THE TORNADO ALLEY and need an instrument replaced, send an email to radio@woodsongs.com and we will assist you. Make sure you put TORNADO in the subject heading, include the instrument you are looking for, an address it can be sent to, your name, phone number, and other contact information. 

IF YOU HAVE AN INSTRUMENT YOU CAN DONATE, send an email to radio@woodsongs.com if you are not close to one of the drop-off locations. Make sure you include TORNADO in the subject heading, describing what you have, and include all your contact information. OR, package and self-ship to Currier’s Music World in Richmond, Kentucky with “WoodSongs Tornado Relief” on the packaging.

INSTRUMENT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR PUBLIC:

Richmond, Kentucky:
Currier’s Music World
292 S 2nd St.
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-6010

Owensboro, Kentucky:
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame
311 W. Second St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-7891

Bowling Green, Kentucky:
Musician’s Pro Music Store
1440 Campbell Ln. Suite 300
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 842-2433

Louisville, Kentucky:
Mom’s Music
1900 Mellwood Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 897-3304

Nashville, Tennessee: 
The Mandolin Store
907 Rivergate Parkway, Suite A4
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(623) 933-8319

Jeffersonville, Indiana:
Maxwell’s House of Music
1710 E 10th St
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 283-3304

Washington D.C.:
House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-9090

DONATE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE MUSIC INSTRUMENT DISTRIBUTION: we can use your help to purchase replacement strings and repairs for instruments that might need special help. THERE ARE NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES DEDUCTED, no one gets paid and all work is volunteer. You can send a tax-deductible donation for the WOODSONGS 501c(3) “TORNADO RELIEF EFFORT ONLY” to PayPal via WFPA@woodsongs.com

DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD FROM THE KENTUCKY.GOV WEBSITE: just click here

MUSIC STORES WANTING TO BECOME A DROP-OFF LOCATION:
Email: jwa@jwamedia.com Or radio@woodsongs.com

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Michael Johnathon Becomes Recipient Of Mentor Award Presented By Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars

Johnathon surprised with the award during a recent taping of WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger and roots musician Michael Johnathon recently became the latest recipient of the Mentor Award, presented by Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars, a non-profit organization which supports young, aspiring bluegrass musicians through encouragement, excitement, promotion and awareness for them to preserve yesterday’s bluegrass music for tomorrow. The organization’s President, Larry Smith, surprised Johnathon and his crew during a recent broadcast taping of WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, November 29 at Lexington’s Lyric Theater, which featured an entire lineup of young, aspiring musicians and performers. 

The Mentor Award is presented annually to individuals as appreciation for outstanding support and encouragement of young Bluegrass Musicians. Johnathon became the second recipient of the award, with Ralph Stanley II who became the first recipient of the award. 

“Michael has been a staunch supporter for young folks for many years,” said Larry Smith, President of Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars. “We felt he deserved this award for his WoodSongs Kids segment, which has been such an honor for those kids who were invited to be on the show.” 

About Michael Johnathon:
Folksinger Michael Johnathon recently won the prestigious Milner Award of the Arts in 2020. He is the screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience of over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 177 nations and the RFD-TV Network nationwide. His latest book, WoodSongs 5, is being released January 2022 along with his 18th studio album, Cosmic Banjo.

“Take the inventiveness of Bob Dylan, the melodic voice of John Denver, add the showmanship of Garrison Keillor … and that’s Michael Johnathon.” – Bob Spear, Heartland Review

About Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars:
Mission Statement: To support young, aspiring bluegrass musicians through encouragement, excitement, promotion and awareness for them to preserve “yesterday’s” bluegrass music for “tomorrow”.

Purpose Statement: To establish a group that supports and encourages young bluegrass musicians through embracing them, their families and their bands and promoting opportunities for these musicians within the bluegrass community through exposure, interaction, education, showcasing talent, mentoring, networking, resources, connections and events.

Vision Statement: To experience a bluegrass environment where the young musicians are discovered and valued for their musical abilities, investment in bluegrass music and most especially for being the future of bluegrass music through receiving opportunities and the legacy of bluegrass music to share with the current generation and to pass on to future generations. 

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Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour Set To Wrap 2021 Season On December 6 With Bluegrass Duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Also appearing Dec. 6 will be critically-acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter, Cristina Vane

Watch the show’s live-stream FREE on Woodsongs’ Facebook or YouTube channel or buy tickets to the live taping at Tix.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon is set to wrap the 2021 season of WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour on Monday, December 6 at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre with award winning Bluegrass duo Darin and Brooke Aldrige. The multiple IBMA winning, husband & wife pair from North Carolina will perform songs from their latest critically-acclaimed album, This Life We’re Living

Also appearing on December 6 is Italian-born Americana singer-songwriter Cristina Vane, who will perform music from her imposing debut album, Nowhere Sounds Lovely. Rolling Stone recently went on record saying Vane evokes Bonnie Rait and PJ Harvey on her single, “Badlands.” 

WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour airs on more than 500 radio stations worldwide, is also broadcasted on RFD-TV, and live-streamed on WoodSongs Facebook (@WoodSongs), and on the show’s YouTube channel. For additional show information, artist bios, and a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com

Tickets for the live taping at Lyric Theater may be purchased at Tix.com or by calling (859) 280-2201.

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
Launched in 1998, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States. It is also aired on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, and on every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is also broadcasted into millions of homes as a PBS-TV series on KET in Kentucky, and on Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

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Folksinger & Author Michael Johnathon To Be Featured Guest Artist On Song Of The Mountains, December 4 At The Lincoln Theatre

MARION, Va. – Folksinger and Author Michael Johnathon will be one of several featured guest artists for an upcoming show taping of Song Of The Mountains, this Saturday, December 4 at 7p ET at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Tickets are $35-40 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Johnathon, who is founder and host of his own highly acclaimed TV & radio show, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, is set to be joined onstage by James Easter, Stevie Barr, Andrew Hester, Sammy Shelor, Denise Easter, Tim White & Eddie Marrs, Caleb Bailey & Paine’s Run.

Song of the Mountains® is an Award-winning public television series showcasing music, musicians, musical heritage and culture of the Southern Appalachians! It showcases the best talents in Bluegrass, Americana and Old-time music.

Live concerts are held monthly at The Lincoln Theatre® in Marion, Virginia with shows videotaped for our award winning Television Series which can be seen on various  PBS television affiliates around the country, and presented by PBS NC.

About Michael Johnathon:
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folk singer Michael Johnathon. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised upstate near Beacon, Michael relocated to outside of Lexington, Kentucky in 1995. He recently won the prestigious Milner Award of the Arts in 2020, presented by Governor Andy Beshear in Kentucky. He is also the screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience of over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide.

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WoodSongs Welcomes David Ferguson, McLain Family Band, Cary Morin, Lillie Lewis and More To The Historic Lyric Theatre In November

Plus, an incredible WoodSongs Kid guest artist performing at each show

Watch the show’s live-stream FREE on Woodsongs’ Facebook or YouTube channel or buy tickets to the live taping at Tix.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour continues taping its new season of shows at Lexington’s historic Lyric Theatre in November. Leading off are Kentucky’s ambassadors to front porch music, McLain Family Band, plus singer-songwriter and GRAMMY award recipient David Ferguson (Nov. 1), whose previous production credits include John Prine, Johnny Cash and Sturgill Simpson. Then, Native Americana acoustic singer-songwriter Cary Morin will join classically trained singer-songwriter Lillie Lewis (Nov. 8), a New Orleans native. 

Additional show tapings for November will be announced soon, along with artist biographies and additional show information at WoodSongs.com.

Plus, each show in November will also feature a special guest performance from an incredible WoodSongs Kid.

WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour airs on more than 500 radio stations worldwide, is also broadcasted on RFD-TV, and live streamed WoodSongs FaceBook (@WoodSongs), and on the show’s YouTube channel. For additional show information, artist bios, and a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com

Tickets for the live taping at Lyric Theater may be purchased at Tix.com or by calling (859) 280-2201.  

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
Launched in 1998, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States. It is also aired on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, and on every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is also broadcasted into millions of homes as a PBS-TV series on KET in Kentucky, and on Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

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WoodSongs Welcomes Jimmie Vaughan, Becky Buller, Brei Carter, Jack Broadbent and More To The Historic Lyric Theatre In October

Plus, an incredible WoodSongs Kid guest artist performing at each show

Watch the show’s live-stream FREE on Woodsongs’ Facebook or YouTube channel or buy tickets to the live taping at Tix.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour continues taping its new season of shows at Lexington’s historic Lyric Theatre in October, welcoming to the stage a nice variety of performing musicians and songwriters this month, including guitar virtuoso Jimmie Vaughan (Oct. 18), a four time GRAMMY winning musician from Austin, Texas who is the older brother of the great Stevie Ray Vaughn. Plus, IBMA winning fiddle champion Becky Buller with singer-songwriter Erin McKeown (Oct. 25); country, soul and southern pop singer-songwriter Brei Carter with retro bluegrass singer Kody Norris (Oct. 4); and singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors with jazz & blues guitarist Jack Broadbent (Oct.11). Artist biographies and more show information is available at WoodSongs.com.

Plus, each show in October will also feature a special guest performance from an incredible WoodSongs Kid.

WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour airs on more than 500 radio stations worldwide, is also broadcasted on RFD-TV, and live streamed WoodSongs FaceBook (@WoodSongs), and on their YouTube Channel. For additional show information, artist bios, and a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com

Tickets for the live taping at Lyric Theater may be purchased at Tix.com or by calling (859) 280-2201.  

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
Launched in 1998, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States. It is also aired on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, and on every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is also broadcasted into millions of homes as a PBS-TV series on KET in Kentucky, and on Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

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Physical & Digital Review Copies Now Available For ‘WoodSongs 5: A Folksinger’s Fireplace Compendium & van Gogh Reader’

WoodSongs 5: A Folksinger’s Compendium & van Gogh Reader is a 176 page hard copy, full color book bundled with Michael Johnathon’s “The Painter” CD, and will be available January 11, 2022 at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel or at MichaelJohnathon.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As a follow-up to the artistic, musical journey of The Painter album, comes Michael Johnathon’s 176 page celebration of Vincent van Gogh and other artists, “WoodSongs 5: A Fireplace Compendium & Van Gogh Reader.”

WoodSongs 5 is a fun, enjoyable and intellectual journey through the world of art, music and painting. From Vincent van Gogh to Pete Seeger, da Vinci to John Denver, Michelangelo to Billie Holiday and more. The book shares the rare, seldom heard backstories of great artists at a time when creatives everywhere are struggling. A must read for everyone trying to navigate the new, digital world from the American folk singer pointing the way.

DID YOU KNOW Van Gogh tried TWICE to give away “The Starry Night” painting as gifts, and twice the receiver did not like the painting enough to accept it? That rejected painting now has an insured value of over $1BILLION US, yet at the time it was considered worthless.

DID YOU KNOW the great artistic master Michelangelo died an unknown pauper?

WoodSongs 5: A Folksinger’s Compendium & van Gogh Reader
ISBN: 978-0-578-95249-9
LIBRARY of CONGRESS Control: 202191-4530
AUTHORED BY: Michael Johnathon
DIGITAL RELEASE: October 21, 2021
HARDCOPY RELEASE: January 11, 2022

About Michael Johnathon:
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folk singer Michael Johnathon. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised upstate near Beacon, Michael relocated to outside of Lexington, Kentucky in 1995. He recently won the prestigious Milner Award of the Arts in 2020, presented by Governor Andy Beshear in Kentucky. He is also the screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience of over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide.
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Manager: Gina Mendello | showbizmanager@mac.com | (615) 333-2202
Media & PR: Jason W. Ashcraft | jwa@jwamedia.com | (615) 991-1125
Publisher: PoetMan Records | office@woodsongs.com | (859) 255-5700

Hard Copy Servicing: Bryan Klausing | radio@woodsongs.com

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WoodSongs Welcomes Blues Legend Bobby Rush, Victor Wooten, Carsie Blanton, Joe Troop & More To The Historic Lyric Theatre In September

Plus, an incredible WoodSongs Kid guest artist performing at each show

Watch the show’s live-stream FREE on Woodsongs’ Facebook or YouTube channel or buy tickets to the show at Tix.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour continues taping its new season of shows at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre in September, welcoming to the stage Blues legend, Bobby Rush (Sept. 20), singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton & folk singer-songwriter Joe Troop (Sept. 13), and five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten (Sept. 27), founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Plus, each show in September will feature a special guest performance from an incredible WoodSongs Kid.

WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour airs on more than 500 radio stations worldwide, is also broadcasted on RFD-TV, and live streamed WoodSongs FaceBook (@WoodSongs), and on their YouTube Channel. For additional show information, artist bios, and a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com

Tickets for the live taping at Lyric Theater may be purchased at Tix.com or by calling (859) 280-2201.  

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
Launched in 1998, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States. It is also aired on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, and on every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is also broadcasted into millions of homes as a PBS-TV series on KET in Kentucky, and on Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

 

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Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour Kicks Off New Season In August With Reigning Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Plus, Merle Monroe with Grace Pettis Performing on August 23, and Jerry Lee Lewis’ daughter Linda Gail Lewis with Cedric Burnside on August 30

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folk singer-songwriter Michael Johnathon kicks off his 2021 season of WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with the reigning Queen of Bluegrass, IBMA & GRAMMY award winner, and Grand Ole’ Opry member, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, on August 16 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky. Vincent will perform new music from her album, Music Is What I See. Plus, special guest is the young Dillon Massengale and his family band as he and Rhonda are set to perform their Merle Haggard single and tell his musical story overcoming autism. Tickets for the live taping may be purchased at Tix.com

Upcoming Woodsongs Performances:
The August 23 show welcomes Merle Monroe, a band composed of Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff, who will perform their hard-driving Bill Monroe all the way to the Merle Haggard sound. Songs of a Simple Life is the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, which they’ll play some cuts from. 

Plus, Grace Pettis, an award-winning songwriter from Austin via Alabama, will also perform on the August 23 show. Pettis is the winner of NPR’s 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. Her debut album Working Woman from MPress Records includes guest contributions from Indigo Girls, Ruthie Foster, Dar Williams, The Watson Twins, Gina Chavez, and Mary Bragg.

August 30 welcomes to the WoodSongs stage Linda Gail Lewis, the younger sister to living legend and musical genius, Jerry Lee Lewis. Linda was raised on the rock n’ roll piano, along with country, and grew up with a passion for music. A professional musician since the age of 15, Linda is well versed in rockabilly, rock n’ roll, and country music, she continues to share her high-octane live show with music fans around the world. 

Also appearing on August 30 is Cedric Burnside, a two-time GRAMMY nominee who has proudly carried the mantle of Mississippi Hill Country blues around the world. Burnside delivers a sound birthed in his soul, but developed and perfected on the road. His newest contribution to this tradition is I Be Trying, a 13-track album treatise on life’s challenges, pleasures, and beauty.

WoodSongs airs on more than 500 radio stations worldwide, is also broadcasted on RFD-TV, and streamed WoodSongs FaceBook (@WoodSongs), and on their YouTube Channel. For additional show information and a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com

About Michael Johnathon:
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folk singer Michael Johnathon. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised upstate near Beacon, Michael relocated to outside of Lexington, Kentucky in 1995. He recently won the prestigious Milner Award of the Arts in 2020, presented by Governor Andy Beshear in Kentucky. He is also the screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience of over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide.

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
Launched in 1998, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Produced 44 Mondays per year from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, the show airs worldwide on 537 radio stations from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States. It is also aired on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, and on every military base and US Naval ship around the world. It is also broadcasted into millions of homes as a PBS-TV series on KET in Kentucky, and on Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

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Michael Johnathon & WoodSongs Contacts:
Media & PR: Jason W. Ashcraft | jwa@jwamedia.com |  (615) 991-1125

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