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Martin00028sCheck out the new Martin Guitar Company “Michael Johnathon” model 0000-28s fingerpicking guitar. It’s nicknamed the WoodSongs QUAD, looks, sounds and plays beautiful. If you are in the Lexington area you can try one out at the famous Willcutts Guitar Shoppe. Click here for details


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NO SHOW – Mon Feb 8 – We’re working on the SongFarmer album!

Coming Monday February 15 – BLUEGRASS Night!


FEBRUARY 15, 2016 WoodSongs at the historic Lyric Theatre 300 Elm Tree Lane, Lexington, KY

WS Partners FREE – Public $10 – Students $5  Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com and make reservations early
DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER are some of the most impressive vocalists and instrumentalists in bluegrass. Legendary mandolin virtuoso Doyle Lawson returns to WoodSongs as reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year plus a new album already nominated for a Grammy! Doyle is a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship winner and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member. With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Their latest album, ‘In Session’, was just nominated for a 2016 Grammy. http://doylelawson.com/
COALTOWN DIXIE is a rising all-female bluegrass band hailing from the Appalachian hills of East Kentucky. Coaltown Dixie fills a unique niche, performing their own brand of “High-Heeled Bluegrass” with beauty and professionalism. In their fifth year together, the band has just released their long-awaited third CD, ‘No Town Like Coaltown’. http://www.coaltowndixie.com/

Coming Monday February 22


FEBRUARY 22, 2016 WoodSongs at the historic Lyric Theatre 300 Elm Tree Lane, Lexington, KY

WS Partners FREE – Public $20 – Students $5  Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com and make reservations early
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS are known as “Southern Rock Royalty” and the “great American rock ‘n’ roll band.” With a GRAMMY Award, CMA Album of the Year Award, two CMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards, two Top 10 charting albums, and four consecutive Top 40 hits, the “Heads” are credited for creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to the toughest music critics and listeners of all kinds. Their newest album, ‘Meet Me In Bluesland’, is a collaboration between the band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pianist Johnnie Johnson.  http://kentuckyheadhunters.net/
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP “DUMAS WALKER”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTBWiUkR69w
MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY has left an indelible mark on the American Music. In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone Magazine called Michael Martin Murphey “one of the best songwriters in America.” Since that time, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” “Cherokee Fiddle”, “Boy From The Country” and more.  In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. His latest release is ‘High Stakes’. http://www.michaelmartinmurphey.com/
WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP OF “WILDFIRE”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl4Y4FWWkn0

Coming Monday MARCH 7

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MARCH 7, 2016 WoodSongs at the historic Lyric Theatre 300 Elm Tree Lane, Lexington, KY  WS Partners FREE – Public $10 – Students $5  Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com and make reservations early
COMPASS RECORDS was co-founded in 1994 by musicians Alison Brown and Garry West in 1994. Called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, Compass Records has provided a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans. Michael will be exploring the state of the music business with Alison and celebrating the label’s importance on roots music.  http://compassrecords.com
ALISON BROWN is one of today’s finest progressive banjo players. With her new Compass project, ‘The Song of the Banjo’, the 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award and 2001 GRAMMY Award-winning musician/composer/producer/entrepreneur plants another flag in her ongoing journey of sonic exploration. http://compassrecords.com/alison-brown
FRANK SOLIVAN left the cold of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolin master — and became a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Following Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s GRAMMY nomination, IBMA Award, and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, bandleader Frank Solivan continues the pace in 2016 with a solo release, ‘Family, Friends & Heroes’ on Compass Records. http://dirtykitchenband.com/
ROB ICKES AND TREY HENSLEY is unique collaborative effort between two gifted musicians . Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant (Blue Highways) and won IBMA Dobro Player of the Year like a gazzillion times.  Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist. Their new album, ‘Before the Sun Goes Down’, was released on Compass Records. http://www.robandtrey.com/

Coming Monday MARCH 21

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MARCH 21, 2016 WoodSongs at the historic Lyric Theatre 300 Elm Tree Lane, Lexington, KY  WS Partners FREE – Public $10 – Students $5  Call 859-252-8888 or email: office@woodsongs.com and make reservations early
THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly explores the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. CGT’s 14 albums, streamed over 47 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release Masterworks showcases its classical side, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert. http://cgtrio.com/
SUGAR BLUE is the Grammy Award winner who has played with legends from Willie Dixon to The Rolling Stones. He’s been called “One of the foremost harmonica blowers in all of Modern blues…” (Rolling Stone MAGAZINE) He began his career as a street musician and made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes. Sugar Blue has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon to Stan Getz to Frank Zappa to Johnny Shines to Bob Dylan, he is perhaps best known for his signature riff and solo on the Rolling Stones’ hit “Miss You.” His new release is ‘Voyage’ on M.C. Records. http://www.sugar-blue.com/
Ronnie Wood OF THE ROLLING STONES talking about Sugar Blue…
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THANK YOU!!! Aside from an amazing all-volunteer crew, our friends at local hotels and restaurants, VisitLEX, Martin Guitars, KET, WEKU, WUKY, WKYT, the Lyric Theatre staff, the Bluegrass Hospitality Association, the artists who come all the way to Lexington to be on the show, and so many others … we have the most wonderful WoodSongs Partner family on the planet!!! Become a WoodSongs Partner today: just $95 for a one year couple Partnership. Family and Single available as well. Call 859-255-5700 or click here




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