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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame To Celebrate WoodSongs In Special History Exhibit Opening, Saturday April 30

This FREE & open to the public event takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 1pm at Kentucky Music Hall of Fame during the 2022 National Gathering of SongFarmers in Renfro Valley

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RENFRO VALLEY, Ky. (April 19, 2022) – The 12 foot wide WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour stage sign will be dedicated as part of a special history exhibit set to be unveiled at the Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame on Saturday, April 30 at 1pm ET in Renfro Valley, Kentucky during the 2022 National Gathering of SongFarmers, organized by the WoodSongs Front Porch Association.  

The original WoodSongs sign was used through 1000 live audience broadcasts since 1998, when Folksinger Michael Johnathon originally launched the show. Since then, it has been seen in millions of homes across North America on PBS-TV (regionally on KET), nationally on RFD-TV, along with tens of millions more on YouTube videos. More than 60,000 fans have attended the broadcast tapings of WoodSongs at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky.   

“We were not sure what to do with the old sign,” explained folksinger Michael Johnathon, creator and host of the syndicated broadcast. “We called it ‘Franken-Sign’ because it was repaired so many times. But so much history belonged to it. We did not want to cut it up and sell it … we wanted to find a permanent resting place for it.”  

The WoodSongs sign has become a major symbol of Kentucky media history alongside the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and others, and will be on permanent display along with a video presentation of the history of WoodSongs, a tribute to the amazing volunteer crew that made this happen. 

Thanks to the kindness of an audience member, WoodSongs has since replaced the original sign with a brand new stage sign.  

“The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame exists to preserve and promote the rich musical heritage of Kentucky and its people,” said Emily Bullock of the Kentucky Hall of Fame and Music Museum. “It is only fitting that a Woodsongs display would find its home in our museum with such a meaningful history and contribution to music in Kentucky and across the world.”

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
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.

About Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame:
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum joined Renfro Valley as a premiere tourist attraction, opening in 2002.  The entrance to the building is unique to any other museum as it was once the original riding stables of John Lair. The museum is filled with a collection of artifacts and memorabilia highlighting the careers of over 50 inductees.  A common misconception is that the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame focuses mainly on country and bluegrass related artists, however there are inductees from all genres of music including The Backstreet Boys, Loretta Lynn, Florence Henderson, Rosemary Clooney, Keith Whitley, Boots Randolph and so many more. You can also learn the history of music dating back to the 1700’s or pick up area information in the visitor center located in the museum lobby.  The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is open daily, year round.

About WoodSongs Front Porch Association:
WoodSongs Front Porch Association is an international network of “front porch” minded musicians, songwriters and fans who simply love simple, rural music. This organization is about EVERYBODY who loves to pick, play and sing. If you feel the music business left you behind, join us. We will show you how to make music a powerful part of your life, even if it is not your livelihood. WFPA’s mission is to help music lovers find a new, defined direction for their music. To gather the global community of front porch minded musicians and help them do good work, bring roots music education into schools free of charge, and enhance communities by redirecting the tremendous energies of local musicians. We call our members “SongFarmers.”

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6th Annual National Gathering of SongFarmers Set For April 29-30 At Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame At Renfro Valley

Plus, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour to receive Kentucky Music Hall of Fame dedication with special history exhibit 

Photo gallery from past SongFarmer events and gatherings [click to view/download

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2022) – Folksinger Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA) is excited to announce the schedule for the 6th annual National Gathering of SongFarmers scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at the historic Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum estate in Renfro Valley, Ky. SongFarmers from across the country will gather for music, workshops, song circles, bluegrass jams and films. 

“A SongFarmer is any  artist, musician, songwriter and fan who wants to use their passion and music to make their homes, families and communities better,” says founder Michael Johnathon. “The changes in the world of music have left many skilled, talented players behind in the digital dust. We believe they still matter, they still have purpose and they still are valid.”

The WFPA community of SongFarmers has grown to 84 active chapters from Australia to Ireland, and across the United States.  

A highlight of the weekend will be the public dedication of the new History of WoodSongs exhibit Saturday at 1PM, and will include an address and performance by folksinger Michael Johnathon.

FREE public concerts are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday nights at the amphitheater and will feature live music performances given by the WFPA members from around the world. The event’s workshops are reserved for WFPA members, but anyone may join WFPA for only $25 annually, which also includes two complimentary tickets to the annual SongFarmers gathering event. WFPA members planning to attend are asked to pre-register at songfarmers.org/2022gathering

“Never before in the last 100 years have the gentle spirit of America’s front porch been so needed,” says Vermont folksinger Rik Palieri. “And that’s what SongFarmers do, they are building a musical front porch around the world.”

2022 National Gathering of SongFarmers

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
2590 Richmond St, Mt Vernon, KY 40456

SCHEDULE
** Denotes FREE & open to the public

Friday, April 29

2:00-5:00pm:  Welcome & check-in

4:00-4:45pm:  Shape Note Singing with RON PEN

5:00-5:45pm:  Welcome to the Group and Town Hall with KARI ESTRIN

6:00-8:30pm:  **Free Concert in the Amphitheater with MC BILL HUDSON

Saturday, April 30 

8:30am:            Creative Board breakfast

9:00-10:00am:  Coffee and donuts

10:00am:          Why Start a Chapter

10:00am:          Banjo Swap

11:00am:           How to Start a SongFarmers Chapter 

11:00am:           Mandolin 101

12:00pm:           Lunch break

1:00pm:             **WoodSongs Hall of Fame Dedication

2:00pm:             **“What Does it mean to Build a Front Porch Around the World”                                                             with MICHAEL JOHNATHON

3:00pm:             **The Songs of SongFarmers 

3:00pm:             **Guitar Workshop

4:00pm:             **Press, Media & Publicity

4:00pm:             **How to Zoom

5:00pm:             Dinner Break

5:30-8:30pm      **Free Concert in the Amphitheater with MC BILL HUDSON 

About WoodSongs Front Porch Association:
WoodSongs Front Porch Association is an international network of “front porch” minded musicians, songwriters and fans who simply love simple, rural music. This organization is about EVERYBODY who loves to pick, play and sing. If you feel the music business left you behind, join us. We will show you how to make music a powerful part of your life, even if it is not your livelihood. WFPA’s mission is to help music lovers find a new, defined direction for their music. To gather the global community of front porch minded musicians and help them do good work, bring roots music education into schools free of charge, and enhance communities by redirecting the tremendous energies of local musicians. We call our members “SongFarmers.”

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WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort Readies To Distribute Free Musical Instruments To Tornado Victims, March 18 & 19

Free replacement instruments for tornado victims will be distributed March 18 in Mayfield and March 19 in Dawson Springs and Owensboro, Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recognizes relief effort in weekly Team Kentucky Update press conference 

Tornado victims may visit WoodSongs.com/Tornado or make a priority request by emailing wfpa@woodsongs.com to request a replacement instrument, or show up on March 18/19 to select their free replacement

A photo/video gallery from the collection & restoration effort is located here

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Folksinger Michael Johnathon along with his faithful worldwide WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour community have announced distribution dates of March 18 & 19 in Western Kentucky for the WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort (WoodSongs.com/Tornado). The program was called-into-action by Johnathon on December 14th in a YouTube video where he called upon anyone anywhere to donate musical instruments to replace those lost during the tornadoes throughout regions surrounding Western Kentucky. The program has collected and restored nearly 1000 instruments which will be given out for FREE to anyone from anywhere who lost an instrument during the December tornados.  Some donations came from as far away as England.

FREE INSTRUMENT PICKUP DATES & LOCATIONS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS: 

Friday, March 18 from 5 – 8pm:
Graves County Public Library
601 N 17th Street
Mayfield, KY 42066

Saturday, March 19 from 12 noon-4pm:
West Dawson Music Venue
3420 Huddleston Loop Rd
Dawson Springs, KY 42408

Saturday, March 19 from 6 – 8pm:
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
311 W. Second St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

*Priority will be given to those with a FEMA or RED CROSS card, but nobody will be turned away while supplies last.

Several music stores across four states volunteered and became drop-off points for the general public, including Currier’s Music World in Richmond, Kentucky, The Mandolin Store in Nashville, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Mom’s Music in Louisville, Musician’s Pro Music Store in Bowling Green, Maxwell’s House of Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and at House of Musical Traditions in metro Washington D.C. have since collected more than 800 donated instruments from guitars, to banjos, to pianos and drum kits. 

Johnathon explained the reason for the program’s creation on his YouTube channel in December, and called for the immediate need to restore music and art to those affected by the tornado devastation. WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort is organized by WoodSongs Inc, a 501c(3) non-profit association based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Anyone can receive an instrument, while supplies last. Visit WoodSongs.com/tornado and fill out the request form so the volunteers can keep track of what is needed and where.

“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.” 

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
The 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 also airs 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 on PBS-TV affiliates, and each Friday on RFD-TV, America’s Most Important Rural Network.

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Collection Effort Media Coverage:

Spectrum News 1 (Frankfort/Lexington)
WSMV-TV (Nashville)
WBKO-TV  (Bowling Green)
WKYT-TV segment #1 (Frankfort/Lexington)
WKYT-TV segment #2 (Frankfort/Lexington)
WAVE-TV (Louisville)
WDRB-TV  (Louisville)
WLKY-TV (Louisville)
The Messenger (Dawson Springs)
Distribution Effort Media Coverage:
RFD-TV (Nashville)
WLKY-TV (Louisville)
WKMS-FM (Paducah)
WKYU-FM (Bowling Green)
WEKU-FM (Richmond)
WUKY-FM (Lexington)
Murray Ledger & Times (Murray)
WPSD-TV (Paducah)
WDKY-TV (Lexington)
Messenger Inquirer (Owensboro)
WEVV-TV (Evansville)
WEHT-TV (Owensboro/Evansville)
Spectrum News 1 (Louisville)
WEKU-FM (Richmond)
NPR “Weekend Edition” (Washington D.C.)

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Team Kentucky Update Feb. 17:

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