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A New Book, A New Album, a Symphony Tour and WoodSongs nears historic 1000th Broadcast
(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – The biggest “under the radar” live audience program on public radio will reach the milestone 1000th broadcast this year. A stunning achievement for any media endeavor, but even more so because WoodSongs is completely volunteer run.
The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will make media history, when it tapes its 1000th broadcast on Tuesday November 19, 2019. WoodSongs tapes on most Mondays in front of a live audience at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY. Previous guests on the performance and conversation, live audience program have included John Oates, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Jewel, Tommy Emmanuel, Bela Fleck, Blind Boys of Alabama, Amy Grant, Wanda Jackson, Chris Thile, Odetta, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmie Vaughan and many more. Each program includes a “WoodSongs Kid,” a young, unknown artist, to be seen and heard by millions.
Two-time GRAMMY-winning cowboy quartet and comedy group Riders in the Sky has been confirmed to headline the 1000th episode of the internationally syndicated television and radio show “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.” The episode will be taped before a live audience at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday, November 19.
For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have entertained audiences young and old by combining classic Western-style music with jokes and comedy sketches, encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live the “Cowboy Way.” They have performed from The Hollywood Bowl to the White House, movie soundtracks (“Toy Story 2”), countless TV shows and more. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the Riders are members of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars in California. Billboard Magazine called them one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.”
“Of all the artists to celebrate the 1000th broadcast with, I could not think of any other best to represent the spirit and passion of WoodSongs than Riders in the Sky” said folksinger Michael Johnathon, the show’s host and founder. “They are not only friends who have been on the show before, but they had their own live audience radio broadcast and perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Plus they are a lot of fun.”
The 1000th episode of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” featuring Riders in the Sky, will be taped at The Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508 on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 6:20. Tickets are $35 general admission; $25 for WoodSongs Partners. For ticket information, visit www.WoodSongs.com or call 859-280-2218.
You Are Invited to a special evening Wed Nov 6!
HOW DID WOODSONG HAPPEN?
How was the crew assembled? Why do artists come for FREE? How did we go from one little college station to over 500 around the world? Come to the Lexington Central Library downtown Wednesday Nov 6, 6:30PM for a Q&A conversation and learn the history and behind-the-scenes story of WoodSongs. Michael Johnathon and many of the crew membes will be there to discuss the history of the show. Moderated by Doug Boyd from the University of Kentucky. All tickets are free, make a reservation via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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