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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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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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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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Mayor Linda Gorton & Councilman James Brown Of Lexington Set To Hold Press Conference To Formally Announce WoodSongs Residence At The Lyric Theatre, Kentucky Tourism Partnership & WoodSongs’ Flood Relief Project

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 2, 2022) – Lexington, Kentucky’s Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilman James Brown, VisitLEX and the Department of Kentucky Tourism are hosting a press conference on Wednesday, August 3 at 10am ET at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center to formally announce the extension of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s residence at the historic theatre in Lexington through December 30, 2028. They will also discuss WoodSongs global partnership with Kentucky Tourism, and the formation of the WoodSongs’ Flood Relief Effort

For details visit WoodSongs.com/PRESS

WHO: Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilman James Brown, folksinger Michael Johnathon
WHAT: Press & media conference
WHEN: Wednesday, August 3 at 10:00am ET
WHERE: Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center (300 E 3rd Street, Lexington, KY 40508)
WHY: To formally announce the extension of WoodSongs residence at Lyric Theatre, the Global Partnership with Kentucky Tourism, & formation of the WoodSongs’ Flood Relief Effort

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 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, 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.

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WoodSongs Secures Global Partnership With Kentucky Department Of Tourism

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2022) – The Kentucky Department of Tourism  (KDT) has formed a global partnership with folksinger Michael Johnathon’s syndicated Lexington-based radio and TV broadcast, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. 

Supported by Lexington’s tourism office, VisitLEX, the KDT has also found a compatible, cost effective and global partner in the family-friendly WoodSongs broadcast to help further its own initiative of promoting the music, arts and culture of Kentucky beyond the state’s borders to a long-standing and well-established global audience.  

“VisitLEX is proud to have supported Woodsongs from the very beginning, when the studio space for weekly tapings capped out at 12 people.” says Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “From those humble beginnings, Woodsongs has grown into a staple in the Lexington community, regularly selling out the Lyric Theater downtown and broadcasting globally to friends near and far. We applaud Michael Johnathon and his dedicated team for the work they do to highlight Lexington and the commonwealth of Kentucky each week on Woodsongs.”

“The Kentucky Department of Tourism is honored to be a part of promoting WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, which is such a time-honored tradition,” said Mike Mangeot, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. “As the birthplace of bluegrass, Kentucky’s impact on American music is profound, and our musical roots extend globally. This partnership helps highlight how important Kentucky’s musical heritage is to our culture and communities.”  

Recently upgraded to HDTV production equipment, WoodSongs continues to grow its radio affiliate base, enhance its online presence, and expand its already large TV audience by inviting 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.

“To me, this is the Rich Strike of live audience radio programs,” said WoodSongs founder and host, Michael Johnathon. “No one gave it much chance to succeed, but it started and remains a completely volunteer run production. I trusted the audience and I trusted the artists.” 

WoodSongs broadcasts to a massive global audience through a partner network of more than 500 affiliate radio stations worldwide, nationwide through several TV networks, including RFD-TV every Friday at 6 p.m. ET, various PBS TV affiliates, including KET-TV, and on-demand streaming TV like Country Road TV. The show is broadcast in 177 nations by American Forces Radio Network, to every U.S. military base around the world, and is live-streamed 44 Mondays a year on WoodSongs’ YouTube channel & Facebook page. 

For official show information, artist bios, ticket sales or a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com.

Johnathon and his WoodSongs volunteer community also recently completed a charitable effort to help restore music to the ravaged communities throughout Western Kentucky from the December 2021 tornadoes. Known as WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort, the program collected more than 1,000 instruments from around the world and distributed those instruments to tornado victims in March. The effort overall was recognized by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear during his Team Kentucky Update press conference in February

“I believe love is the greatest transaction of the arts,” Johnathon continued, “and Kentucky was the best place in America for an idea like WoodSongs to grow from.”

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour
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 and the popular CountryRoadTV.com.

About Kentucky Department of Tourism
The Kentucky Department of Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, under the leadership of Secretary Mike Berry. The department continues to build upon Kentucky’s signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors, history, culture and cuisine to reach new audiences and position Kentucky as a top-tier travel destination for visitors internationally and domestically. Kentucky tourism is an $8.9 billion industry in the commonwealth and serves as a mechanism for helping stimulate the economy in local communities.

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Michael Johnathon & WoodSongs Contacts:
Media & Publicity: Jason W. Ashcraft | jwa@jwamedia.com |  (615) 991-1125
Radio: radio@woodsongs.com | (859) 255-5700

 

Kentucky Department of Tourism Contact:
Media: Angela Blank | angelag.blank@ky.gov | (502) 892-4001

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Tune In: WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour Set To Premiere On Country Road TV With Special Guests Riders In The Sky, Streaming June 1

Premiere episode kicks off with WoodSongs’ 1000th show taping featuring
Grand Ole Opry members Riders In The Sky & tween yodeling cowgirl sensation Phoebe White

New episodes stream weekly on “WoodSongs Wednesdays” across Country Road TV platform, including Facebook and YouTube pages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2022) – Beginning Wednesday, June 1 Country Road TV (CRTV) will welcome the addition of folk singer Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour to their highly-acclaimed lineup of country music and lifestyle themed TV programming. Kicking off what will be known as ‘WoodSongs Wednesdays,’ the premiere episode to begin streaming will be WoodSongs’ 1000th show featuring America’s favorite cowboys, Grand Ole Opry members Riders In The Sky, with an incredible WoodSongs’ Kid, the tween yodeling cowgirl Phoebe White. The June 1 premiere episode will stream for FREE in its entirety on CRTV’s Watch Now page for anyone, with new shows from the WoodSongs’ video vault being added weekly across CRTV’s paid platform. 

“The evergreen quality of WoodSongs matches up perfectly with our audience,” said Adam Black, Co-founder & COO of Country Road TV. “Our audience will appreciate the heart and quality in each episode of WoodSongs and will want to watch it over and over again. We are beyond delighted to partner with Michael and this exceptional program.”

Country Road TV becomes an on-demand streaming TV network for WoodSongs, joining a massive global audience of more than 500 affiliate radio stations worldwide, several OTA TV networks including RFD-TV every Friday at 6pm ET, and various PBS TV affiliates (PBS). It is also available in 177 nations on American Forces Radio Network and live-streamed 44 Mondays a year on WoodSongs’ YouTube channel & Facebook page. CRTV’s FaceBook page and YouTube channel will also carry additional shows and content. For official show information, artist bios, ticket sales or a complete list of where to listen and watch, visit WoodSongs.com.

“It’s a celebration of the music from America’s front porch,” says Michael Johnathon from his own log cabin front porch in Kentucky. “It’s about the artists and songs and spirit of rural America driven by the excitement and power of a live audience. Viewers on Country Road TV get to sit back and let the cares of the world drift away as we take a step back into the tradition of old-time radio, but with a fresh approach. It’s a live audience radio show filmed for television.”

About Country Road TV:
Country Road TV is your unlimited one stop for all things True Country Music. We celebrate the legacy of Country Music by spotlighting the great and colorful performers, both past and present, who made original country music what it is today. Just some of the shows you’ll receive are Country’s Family Reunion, Larry’s Country Diner, The Joey & Rory Show, Marty Robbins Spotlight, and WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with new content added every month.

About WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour:
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 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, Friday’s on RFD-TV, America’s most important rural network, and streaming on Country Road TV.

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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 

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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

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** 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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