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SongFarmers Invitation: WOODSONGS FRONT PORCH GATHERING 2016 at Shaker Village near Lexington KY Sept 23 and 24. Change the way you view the world of music … pick and play with artists from around the world including Pat Flynn of New Grass Revival, Banana of the Youngbloods and many more … WFPA members get five FREE tickets to both days … Info at SongFarmers.org …. Watch the 2 minute promo video CLICK HERE
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Coming Monday JULY 25 – BLUEGRASS SPECIAL EVENT

TRIBUTE TO FLATT & SCRUGGS

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JULY 25, 2016 General Public: $20  WS Partners: $10 … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com WE RECOMMEND FOR THIS SHOW YOU SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office call 859-280-2218
The Earls of Leicester is a bluegrass group assembled by master musician and multi-Grammy winner Jerry Douglas to present the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys. Their self-titled debut album on Rounder Records just earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The band’s music focuses on the music of Flatt and Scruggs during the period when the band consisted of Lester Flatt on guitar and lead vocals, Earl Scruggs on banjo and guitar, ‘Uncle’ Josh Graves on dobro, Paul Warren on fiddle, Curly Seckler on mandolin, and ‘Cousin’ Jake Tullock on bass.
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The band’s name is a play on the names of “Earl” Scruggs and “Lester” Flatt. Onstage for tonights special event broadcast taping is Jerry Douglas (dobro) Shawn Camp (lead vocals and guitar) Charlie Cushman (banjo) Jeff White (mandolin) Johnny Warren (fiddle) and Barry Bales (upright bass) WEBSITE: http://www.jerrydouglas.com/
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Coming Monday AUG 1

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AUGUST 1, 2016 General Public: $10  WS Partners: FREE … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office 859-280-2218

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ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD with CYRIL NEVILLE are an acclaimed U.S. soul-blues collective. Band leader, Cyril Neville, known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Meters, are joined by other band founding member drummer Yonrico Scott, the double guitar attack of Tyrone Vaughan (the son of Jimmie Vaughan and the nephew of the iconic Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Bart Walker and bassist Darryl Phillips. ‘The Royal Gospel’ is the fourth album in their rocket-heeled rise and further proof of a lineup born to play together. www.royalsouthernbrotherhood.com

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4vIndI4iKE
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WE BANJO 3 are an award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland. The quartet combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race. Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. The band’s latest release is ‘String Theory’. www.webanjo3.com
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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbjB9MGxLzU

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Coming Monday AUG 8

EMT, First Responders, Police and School Teachers come FREE to this broadcast

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AUGUST 8, 2016 General Public: $10  WS Partners: FREE … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office 859-280-2218

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JIMMY “DUCK” HOLMES is one of the most celebrated rural blues musicians performing today. He is the last living practitioner of the celebrated style of Bentonia blues made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. In addition, Holmes operates what is arguably the oldest juke joint left in Mississippi and is the organizer of one of the longest-running festivals in the state – the Bentonia Blues Festival. Holmes has released a new album ‘It Is What It Is’ on his own label Blue Front Records. www.bluefrontrecords.com

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A34ZiHt_rJk

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THE BLUE SISTERS are Ina Forsman (Finland), Layla Zoe (Canada), and Tasha Taylor (USA). Three of blues scene’s next-big-things that are showcasing in Ruf Records 2016 Blues Caravan in it’s 12th triumphant year. These three tremendous singers all have new studio records, but are performing together for fans who want to catch them before lift- off.  Their careers are ready to explode.  www.bluescaravan.com

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WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-TzsuT9v8g

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Coming Monday AUG 15

EMT, First Responders, Police and School Teachers come FREE to this broadcast

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AUGUST 15, 2016 General Public: $10  WS Partners: FREE … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office 859-280-2218

JANIVA MAGNESS is one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world. She is the winner of seven Blues Music Awards (with 25 nominations) including awards for B.B. King Entertainer of the year, Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Her new album ‘Love Wins Again’ is yet another evolutionary step for the soulful, elegant, award-winning singer-songwriter. Also in the works, Magness explores her own turbulent youth, her rise to stardom and more in her just-finished, yet-untitled memoir—a book that took three years to write and has already inspired an in-the-works musical.
http://janivamagness.com/

WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTvgUOuVY0M

MATT ANDERSEN is a powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence. With nearly 10 million views on YouTube, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt. His new album ‘Honest Man’ follows up the JUNO Award nominated Weightless and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. www.stubbyfingers.ca/
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM_kwy7cAro
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Coming Monday AUG 22

EMT, First Responders, Police and School Teachers come FREE to this broadcast


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AUG 22, 2016 General Public: $10  WS Partners: FREE … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office 859-280-2218

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MERLE TRAVIS is a Kentucky guitar hero and an American music icon. Born in Rosewood, Ky his lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are “Sixteen Tons,” “Re-Enlistment Blues,” “I am a Pilgrim” and “Dark as a Dungeon”. However, it is his masterly guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known today. “Travis picking”, a syncopated style of finger-picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

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THOM BRESH is the son of Merle Travis and a world-class guitar master in his own right. Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and one of the youngest stuntman in TV and movies, where such programs as The Lone Ranger and the Billy the Kidd trilogy were filmed. Ever since he was old enough to hold a guitar pick, he’s followed the unique fingerpicking style his father made famous, bringing it to new audiences. Travis’ trademark style incorporated elements of ragtime, blues, boogie, and Western swing, and was marked by rich chord progressions, harmonics, slides, and bends, with rapid changes in key. www.bresh.com

WATCH THOM and TOMMY EMMANUEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiOaFz7_3N0

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EDDIE PENNINGTON is one of the true guitar legends from Kentucky in the same tradition popularized by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. This music had a common source in Mose Rager, a guitarist from Kentucky that inspired a young Merle Travis. Eddie Pennington brings the history of the tradition to WoodSongs in a way no other musician can.

ParkerWATCH EDDIE PLAY NONE POUND HAMMER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUFO-nO3R2E

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PARKER HASTINGS is only 15 years old and already one of Kentucky’s premier thumpicking champions in the tradition of Merle Travis, Eddie Pennington and Tommy Emmanuel. Picking up the guitar since he was 6, he was the youngest person to win Grand Champion, winning both traditional and contemporary categories. and most recently was awarded the 2015 NTHF “Thumbpicker of the Year.”

WATCH PARKER & TOMMY EMMANUEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq2oheE0VQo

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Coming Monday AUG 29 – Masters of the Guitar

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AUG 28, 2016 General Public: $10  Students: $5 WS Partners: FREE … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office 859-280-2218
HEDGESMICHAEL HEDGES was a trailblazing acoustic guitarist. He pioneered percussive finger style guitar, the influence of which can now be heard in the compositions and playing of many guitarists. This WoodSongs broadcast will showcase two guitar masters that are continuing Michael legacy’s of pushing the boundaries of the instrument to new stratospheres while making it their own. WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaIN13aDbCc
ANDY MCKEE is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. ‘Live Book’ is McKee’s first release for the label. http://www.andymckee.com/
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph3FcUyHuTE
CHRISTIE LENEE unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. Christie was endorsed by Engler Innovations to compose music for “The Engle,” a drumstick for guitar that launched onto the market in January of 2012. Being a compositional pioneer for this product inspired an abundance of innovative techniques and a unique percussive approach to the guitar. Christie is now in the process of mixing tracks for her next album that will deliver her innovative music, empowering vocals and inspirational lyrics  http://christielenee.com/
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD79NEVyRTU
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Coming Monday SEPT 12 – Master Guitar SPECIAL EVENT

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SEPT 12, 2016 General Public: $20  WS Partners: $10 … Lyric Theatre 300 E Third, Lexington, KY  To Make a Reservation Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com WE RECOMMEND FOR THIS SHOW YOU SECURE TICKETS EARLY from the Lyric Box office call 859-280-2218
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TOMMY EMMANUEL is arguably one of the most exciting, brilliant and powerful guitar masters on earth. Walking in the legacy of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and many others Tommy has dazzled audiences worldwide with his sheer mastery of the instrument. WoodSongs is excited to welcome back our friend for his seventh appearance on our broadcast. Joining Tommy on stage will be a fellow CGP (certified guitar player) JOHN KNOWLES, Nashville session ace Pat Begerson and award winning jazz vocalist Annie Sellick. This is a show not to be missed. Expect a few surprises including a preview of the ensembles new album.
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP OF TOMMY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4xpE8KG38s
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WoodSongs Partners come FREE! Are you a 2016 WoodSongs Partner? Come to nearly 40 WoodSongs tapings a year for FREE. Call 859-255-5700 or visit woodsongs.com and sign up today. It’s going to be a big year of music!

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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

 

 

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folksinger Michael Johnathon – michael@woodsongs.com