Tornado

We Done Did It!

OUR PROJECT IS CONCLUDED. All 700+ instruments have been distributed to folks in Mayfield, Dawson Springs and Owensboro. Thank you all who have so generously helped make this possible!

HEAR the national NPR feature (airdate Sunday March 27) CLICK HERE

NOTE: the communities along tornado alley are STILL hurting, STILL struggling and STILL trying to put their families, lives and businesses together. I didn’t want to show more negative photos of the tornado destruction, still breathtaking in damage and scope. Keep these folks in your hearts and thoughts.

PRESS/MEDIA please contact Jason Ashcraft jwa@jwamedia.com … Send comments or questions to WFPA@WoodSongs.com

Michael Johnathon and our 26′ truck is in Mayfield, over 300 folks turned out at the Graves County library

By making WoodSongs possible you helped make the WoodSongs Tornado Project a success

Our 26′ box treuck loaded to the top with HUNDREDS of presentation ready instruments
Cathy Currier, Bill Hudson and the WoodSongs Tornado Crew
Melissa and The amazing Mayor of Mayfield KY Kathy Stewart O’Nan

“The response I hear about all of the instruments WoodSongs provided is over the top! What a blessing you have been to so many music loving west Kentuckians! I send you heartfelt thanks from all of us – May God bless you always!” Mayor Kathy O’Nan in Mayfield

Mayfield
Dawson Springs crowd gathers before the distribution starts

Dear Friends, I believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, it drives everything we do, everything we create and everything we feel. Thank you to all the music stores, Cathy Currier, Jason Ashcraft, the newspapers, TV and radio stations, the WoodSongs and SongFarmers community and the people of western Kentucky for letting us get these instruments to folk in tornado alley. Michael michael@woodsongs.com

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? CLICK HERE

MEDIA STORIES:

Listen to the NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO broadcast from Sunday March 20, 2022

WATCH Gov. Beshear supporting the WoodSongs Tornado Project click here

READ the project recap in the TIMES LEDGER click here

READ the project recap in the MURRAY LEDGER click here

READ the WKU Bowling Green story click here

WATCH the WEVV 44NEWS NBC story click here

READ the MESSENGER-ENQUIRER story click here

WATCH the TRISTATE NEWS story click here

WATCH the WPSD TV News story click here

WATCH the Spectrum News story click here

WATCH the story of LEX18 NBC click here

READ the story in the MURRAY LEDGER click here

HEAR the Public Radio story on WKYU FM click here

READ the story in NAMM Magazine click here

READ the story in SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE click here

READ the story in SAMARITAN MAGAZINE click here

WATCH the story on SPECTRUM NEWS click here

WATCH the news story on WBKO-ABC TV click here

WATCH the news story on WKYT-CBS TV click here

Thank you to all of our Music Stores who helped collect instruments, we appreciate you!

Especially Cathy Currier CURRIER’s MUSIC WORLD Richmond KY, plus THE MANDOLIN STORE Goodlettsville, TN, MOM’S MUSIC 1900 Mellwood Ave, Louisville, KY, BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM OWENSBORO, KY, MAXWELL’S HOUSE OF MUSIC Jeffersonville, IN, MUSICIAN’S PRO Bowling Green, KY, WASHINGTON, DC: HOUSE OF MUSICAL TRADITIONS Takoma Park, MD

“THANK YOU” AIN’T GOOD ENOUGH when you consider the absolutely massive effort that it took to deliver hundreds of music instruments from around the country.

Artists like Rhonda L Vincent, Tommy Emmanuel, Darin Aldridge and Brooke Justice Aldridge, Billy Dean, Exile and others voices their support publicly.I can’t list everybody in this little post but I certainly have to include Catherine Currier (world’s bestest music store) Jason Ashcraft (world’s bestest PR dude) Douglas Lewis and Danny Loevenguth (world’s bestest Truck co-pilots) Madison Sutton (world’s bestest project organizer) Melissa (world’s bestest music instrument hand out person and twins wrangler) Karyn Czar Cheri Lawson Wendy Barnett Jim Monaghan and Jack Pattie (world’s bestest radio folks) Caleb & Makayla (world’s bestest 7-year-olds constantly tugging on daddy’s shirt trying to talk to him while he’s busy doing 100 other things at the same time twins) Perry Brake (world’s bestest SongFarmer instrument collector) Brian Penix and Tommy Emmanuel (world’s bestest at being the bestest) Linda Griffin Slagel and Roy Noble (world’s bestest KENTUCKY hometown water company and arts supporters)

Honestly, there are so many others this list would go on and on so let me just say a huge thank you to everyone including all the music stores, Martin Guitars, D’Addario, Dan Swain at the Newport Folk Festival, everybody at the distribution points in Mayfield, DAWSON SPRINGS in Owensboro, all the folks in the media that were so generous with their airtime. You helped make a lot of people who lost everything they had in the massive tornado storms of December very happy.

And you helped us build a musical front porch around the world …

MJ


“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh