“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.


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


Email: jwa@jwamedia.com Or radio@woodsongs.com

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