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WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR

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WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 537 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world, coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series. Now Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV and every Sunday 7 and 8PM on 650 AM WSM, broadcast home of the Grand Ole Opry. WoodSongs is produced 44 Mondays a year. If you don’t see a schedule for the day you are looking for it simply means we haven’t confirmed the artist … yet.  You can still make reservations even if the artists have not been announced.

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“You don’t have to be famous … you just have to be Good!”

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Thur Sept 12 – RHONDA VINCENT and the Rage

Enjoy the most Romantic, Musical & AWARD WINNING Bluegrass Date Night in North America at the amazing, historic Castle! Thursday September 12 7:30PM  GET TICKETS

 

 

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Join the Countdown to WoodSongs broadcast #1000!

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Show 989 – August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019
General Public: $20 Call 859-280-2218
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LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

THE BB KING BLUES BANDare the same musicians who walked alongside the iconic bluesman for over 35 years. The band writes the next chapter, on an album that salutes King’s classic songs and showcases their own. Boasting several world-class songwriters in their ranks, ‘The Soul Of The King’ finds the lineup supplying material that stands alongside their late leader’s catalogue. The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce B.B. Kings daughter, Claudette King (vocals) and Michael Lee from The Voice (guitar & vocals) will be appearing with them on this WoodSongs Special Event broadcast taping celebrating the King of the Blues. https://bbkingbluesband.com

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aws-wBihR7U

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No Show LABOR DAY … Banjo, Burgers and Root Beer 🙂

 

Show 990

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LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

JANIVA MAGNESS has built an impressive career in American roots music, brick by hard-earned brick. She has traveled millions of miles, sung on thousands of club and festival stages, and made a string of recordings that have earned accolades and awards. She is only the second woman, following blues giant Koko Taylor, to receive the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award.
NEW BOOK: This Grammy nominated artist now tells her dramatic, miraculous and deeply moving story about a life worth living with her memior ‘Weeds Like Us’. On the this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, Janiva will be read and discuss her book plus perform with her full band. She will feature songs from her new album ‘Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty’ released on Blue Élan Records. It reframes 12 songs curated from the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader’s catalog in Magness’ soaring, soul-centered style. https://www.janivamagness.com/
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Show 991 and 992 – TWO SHOWS

One Night – One Stage – One Ticket!

visit lexGeneral Public: $20 Call 859-280-2218
WS Partners: FREE call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 Become a WS Partner, click here
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LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

Show 991  Jug Band Celebration

Please note the early start time of 6:30.

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JUG BANDSgot their name from using instruments that were either homemade or household items such as a jug. Beginnings in the South in the 19th century, with origins in Louisville, KY, they were made up predominately of African-American musicians and were in their heyday from the 1890s to the Great Depression. Playing a mixture of blues, ragtime, and jazz, jug bands were some of the first musicians to record and a key contributor to the evolution of blues and early rock and roll. The folk revival in the 60’s launched a second wave of jug-band music and it continues to exist and evolve today. On this WoodSongs broadcast, we’ll be celebrating the music and history of jug bands with musicians from across the country.
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JIM KWESKIN is a folk music legend and founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band which successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including The Grateful Dead, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Lovin’ Spoonful and more. These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival. https://www.jimkweskin.com/
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JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTONfrom NYC, his sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to The Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”  https://www.blindboypaxton.net/
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THE STEEL CITY JUG SLAMMERSmade a name for themselves in Birmingham, AL with a new album, extensive touring and the band’s recent induction into the Jug Band Hall of Fame. https://www.steelcityjugslammers.com/
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Show 992 Celebration of the Ukulele

From it’s humble origins in Hawaii to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the ukulele is having a global revival thanks to artists like Jake Shimabukuro, Emi Sunshine and more. It was a favorite instrument of George Harrison and Eddie Vedder called it “an activist instrument.” On this WoodSongs, we’ll be exploring the many styles, sounds and stories of the uke with musicians from across the country. Special thanks to our friends at the 2019 Kentucky UKE Festival! https://www.kyuke.com/
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EMISUNSHINEhas been attracting national attention since she was nine years old with appearances on “The Today Show,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Pickler & Ben,” the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. Rolling Stone named 15-year-old EmiSunshine among “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The East Tennessee native adds her own unique contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues and Jazz  https://theemisunshine.com/
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VICTOR & PENNY deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. This corset-tight group brings a modern Kansas City voice to their original tunes and prohibition era jazz with sterling musicianship. http://www.victorandpenny.com/
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DIANA CHITTESTER’S live performance is multi-part acoustic ukulele and guitar playing. This Cleveland, Ohio storyteller uniquely developed style is accentuated by her alternating between picking and strumming, all while pounding out bass lines and drum beats. https://www.dianachittester.com/
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Show 993 – September 23, 2019

General Public: $20 Call 859-280-2218
WS Partners: FREE call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 Become a WS Partner, click here
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LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

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THE KINGSTON TRIO began with Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard in 1955… Home base: San Francisco. The three founded what turned out to be the most influential music band to emerge from the 1950s, only to be outdone by The Beatles. With talent and tenacity, they rose to become the undisputed kings of an acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene, and still exists today. Celebrating the group’s more than 60 years of entertaining audiences, all three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group.  https://officialkingstontrio.org/

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WATCH A VIMEO CLIP: https://vimeo.com/353252546
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SPECIAL GUEST:
ALLIE COLLEEN is no stranger to the music industry. A Belmont University graduate from Owasso, Oklahoma with a style that is truly her own, Allie has a passion for singing and songwriting since a young age has garnered her a reputation of being a notable songwriter with an iconic-sounding voice. Her impeccably strong voice with hints of timeless tradition falls between classic country and the emerging country sound. Her recent debut single, “Work In Progress” defines the life that’s shaped her with personal lyrics and transparency in both the vocals and delivery.  https://www.alliecolleenmusic.com/
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Show 994 – September 30, 2019

Show 994
September 30, 2019
General Public: $20 Call 859-280-2218
WS Partners: FREE call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 Become a WS Partner, click here
Become a WS Partner call 859-255-5700 CLICK HERE
LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.
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THE FOLK LEGACY TRIO are George Grove and Rick Dougherty formerly with the Kingston Trio and Jerry Siggins, former lead singer of The Diamonds. These three men have been involved with the music of the great Folk Era since it’s very beginning sharing stages stages with the best known names with musical icons like Peter Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, The Limeliters, The New Christy Minstrels, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Mamas & The Papas, John Sebastian, Josh White Jr, Glenn Yarbrough, Pete Seeger and more. It is a journey through the Great American Folksong Booky with their signature dynamic harmonies enriching some of the most beloved songs ever written.  https://www.folklegacytrio.com/
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CHANCE MCCOY is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia. A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of GRAMMY-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, but ‘Wander Wide,’ his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we’ve heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production.  https://www.chancemccoy.com/
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_DID YOU KNOW

So far, over 52,000 folks have come through the doors of the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington KY to see a live taping of the WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR. Thanks to the volunteer crew, artists, local hotels and restaurants,  Mayor Gorton and VisitLEX, MartinGuitars, Deering Banjos. KET, WEKU, WUKY, RFDTV and our hundreds of radio and public television affiliates.
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Welcome To The All-Volunteer Run WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
We believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, that the heart is more important than some chart, and that passion transcends payment every time. Our show airs on over 500 radio stations, American Forces Radio network worldwide and in millions of homes on PBS stations across America.

 

 

“You don’t have to be famous … you just have to be good!”

folksinger Michael Johnathon – michael@woodsongs.com