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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 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world. The shows airs coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public television series. Now Friday’s on RFD-TV. WANT TO COME TO THE SHOW? BRINGING A GROUP? CLICK HERE

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NEW Ticketing arrangement:

The PUBLIC: call the Lyric Theatre box office 859-280-2218 after 1PM Mon-Sat for advance tickets
WOODSONGS PARTNERS ONLY: call the reservation hotline: 859-252-8888
BECOME A WOODSONGS PARTNER CLICK HERE

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Coming January 29

January 29, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION is based out of our home town of Lexington, Kentucky, the ensemble deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and R&B-flavored pop, lead by powerhouse vocalist Joslyn Hampton and features a dynamic mix of veterans and young talent to create their unique high energy grooves. Her debut set of original material will be released in a series of singles as opposed to on an album.  http://joslynandthesweetcompression.com/
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SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) is a Rock & Roll/Americana singer-songwriter who plays between 150- 200 shows a year throughout the United States. His songwriting finds inspiration in the threads that connect us, weaving a tapestry of familiar moments that pay homage to the past while leaning into a future that promises both wonder and grace. Now based in Nashville, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed SZLACHETKA as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know”. He’ll be performing songs from his sophomore album ’Heart of my Hometown’.   https://szlachetkamusic.com/
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Coming Monday Feb 5

February 5, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

 

LEE ROY PARNELL is known as a triple-threat artist for his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice, and top-shelf songwriting skills. After earning a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Café and a publishing contract, Parnell launched his solo career on Arista Records, which produced many country hits, including “A Little Bit Of You” , “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment” and four other Top 10 hits. Parnell has earned two GRAMMY® Award nominations for his instrumental tracks and Gibson has honored Parnell with the creation and production of the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop guitar. Parnell has released his first album in 11 years ‘Midnight Believer’. An album full of the soulful, guitar-driven, from the heart music Parnell is best known for.  http://leeroyparnell.com/

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH4T2eIK8MQ

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SAMANTHA FISH is a rising star in the contemporary blues world.  The charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions. Samantha Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with ‘Belle of the West’, her fifth studio album.  The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her rootsy, emotionally resonant songwriting. http://www.samanthafish.com/

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=TxNF3AAGtX8

 

 

Coming Monday Feb 12

February 12, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe.  http://www.dustbowlrevival.com/

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObS5zthSnbg

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THE MAMMALS are a high-octane Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley. They carry on the work of Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature “trad is rad” sound. Founded in 2001, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and banjo/guitar songsmith, Mike Merenda, The Mammals reemerged in 2017 “stronger than ever”. Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that’s right in line with the times, bouncing from roof raising hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop a cappella balladry. Their new album is titled ’Sunshiner’. http://www.themammals.love/

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwxbVXe3rTKQdGROisju8Pq_c_WtlA3l6&v=BBx8JKHDLvk

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Coming Monday Feb 19

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February 19, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

SISTER SADIE is the all-female/all-star bluegrass group comprised of some of the best-known women in bluegrass including five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt and Beth Lawrence. The group was born out of what was originally supposed to be a one time jam at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee with five good friends. Shortly after that sold out show, the band began getting calls for gigs and the girls decided to officially form “Sister Sadie”. The band’s debut self-titled album is available now on Pinecastle Records.  http://www.sistersadieband.com/
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LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS have a vision for their band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and bassist Natalie Bohrn (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. The new record ‘California Calling’ on Compass Records has a wide emotional and sonic scope.  http://www.thisislauracortese.com/
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Coming Monday Mar 5

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March 5, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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CHRIS RODRIGUES AND ABBY THE SPOON LADY are buskers from Asheville North Carolina that are internationally known after one of their videos went viral. Abby is one of very few professional spoon players in the United States and has been a professional street performer for over a decade. She studied American folk percussion, music, and folklore while traveling the United States by foot and rail. Chris is a one-man band and multi-instrumentalist. Together the two create a dynamic duo with very complex rhythms playing originals and reworking classic gospel songs. www.spoonladymusic.com
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McPEAKE builds on the 150 year tradition of this legacy musical family from Belfast, Ireland that influenced Van Morrison, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. Figuring prominently in the EMMY Award-winning PBS Special “Music of Ireland,” the band is now taking the world of Celtic music by storm with its own contemporary brand of self-penned songs and compositions. The new generation of this legendary family has developed a distinctive sound that is totally immersed in the popular culture of today, while maintaining a firm anchor in the influences of past generations.  https://www.mcpeakemusic.com/theband
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Coming Monday Mar 12

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March 12, 2018 General Public: $10  CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888    LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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CALAN bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. The band began by busking in the streets of Cardiff raising money to pay for university fees. By 2015 they were performing alongside Bryn Terfel and Sting at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday party. They recently released their 4th studio album ’Solomon’.  https://www.calan-band.com/
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BEYOND THE PALE has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion for 20 years. Inspired by Klezmer and Balkan styles but influenced by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass, newgrass and reggae, the band’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape, bound by no particular idiom and shaped by many. Their latest release, ‘Ruckus’, has received two nominations from the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards, increasing the band’s career total to seven CFMA nominations, including three wins.  https://www.beyondthepale.net/
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DID YOU KNOW

So far, over 40,000 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 Jim Gray and VisitLEX, #KentuckyTourism, #BigAssFans, #MartinGuitars, #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 can watch our live show taping every Monday night on Folk-Book.com

 

 

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

folksinger Michael Johnathon – michael@woodsongs.com