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WOODSONGS (Old Time Radio Hour) is an internationally syndicated radio program recorded before a live audience each week at the historic Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The show is a combination of performance and interviews featuring artists of the Americana music genre. The mission of the program is to inspire the audience to make music part of their lives by introducing them to a contrast of styles such as blues and bluegrass, country and Celtic, folk and rock, modern and classical. Interviews with the artists allow the audience to explore the artist's background and discover what inspires them to sing and play.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1501
Pink Martini and The Von Trapps
PINK MARTINI AND THE VON TRAPPS have released a new collaborative album titled 'Dream A Little Dream'. Pink Martini is the multicultural pop ensemble from Portland, Oregon that has released seven studio albums which collectively has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp are the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by "The Sound of Music". The album is the first major international release by The von Trapps. In addition to renditions of several beloved classic songs, the broadcast features an original composition from August von Trapp and some additional surprises from Pink Martini.
57 minutes long
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Mon Sep 22nd @ 12:00 am

Episode #1502
The Kruger Brothers
THE KRUGER BROTHERS are three soulful world-class virtuosos originally from Europe and now living in North Carolina. They were first introduced to American audiences in 1997, quickly gaining the attention of fans and the music industry alike. In an ever expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. In fact, Jens Kruger was recently named the fourth recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Kruger is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance that integrates folk music with European classical music. This is personified in the band's latest work 'The Spirit of the Rockies'. A poetic, spiraling tale about ghosts, relationships and guides - both seen and unseen that was written by Jens for a small orchestral ensemble.
57 minutes long
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Mon Sep 29th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1503
Celebration of The Music and Life of Pete Seeger
PETE SEEGER was a folk icon and musical hero to many including Michael Johnathon. Pete was Michael's neighbor and later would inspire him to become a folksinger. Pete's public Television show Rainbow Quest were the seeds on what would become WoodSongs. For this special broadcast of WoodSongs, Michael will be celebrating the life and music of Pete with a few close friends and artists. RIK PALIERI is a folksinger from Vermont. When he was fifteen, he taught himself the 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger's book. In the mid 70's he joined up with Pete and The Hudson River Sloop Singers and became a regular performer at Clearwater events. Back then, The Sloop Singers were a small rag tag army of singing environmentalists that often shared the stage with Pete. Rik's latest project is following the footsteps of the legendary "The Almanac Singers" made up of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell. Rik and George Mann traveled down the same roads as the legendary "The Almanac Singers" did in the summer of 1941. Rik will be performing with Rick Nestler who is a musician, ships captain, songwriter, and actor. FRANK HAMILTON toured with the Pete in the Weavers in the early 1960s. He is co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL. MARK DVORAK is a folk singer, songwriter, teacher and touring musician. His roots are in Chicago, but for more than 25 years he has been traveling the country and Europe. Since 1998, Mark has toured and performed with WeaverMania! playing the role of Pete Seeger. WeaverMania! celebrates the sounds and songs of Pete's legendary folk group, The Weavers. Starting in March, he is conducting a new class "Pete Seeger & The Power of Song" at the Old Town School of Folk Music where Mark has taught since 1986. CHRIS WALZ spent three and a half years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. He has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching. Chris performs with Mark in WeanerMania!
57 minutes long
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Mon Oct 6th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1504
Judy Collins and Ari Hest
JUDY COLLINS has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. This folk icon's will be performing material from her latest release 'Live in Ireland' including a breathtaking version of "Danny Boy" to close the WoodSongs broadcast. ARI HEST is an American singer-songwriter and a native of Riverdale in the Bronx borough of New York. His music has been featured on numerous television shows and NPR's "All Things Considered." Ari's latest is his eight studio release titled 'Shouts and Whispers'. It's a non-typical collection of tracks that ultimately form a cohesive narrative. With songs of sadness and resignation giving way to lucidity and catharsis, Hest's introspection and intelligence are on display, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies.
57 minutes long
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Mon Oct 13th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1505
Tommy Castro and Tee Dee Young
TOMMY CASTRO is considered one of the greatest live performers on the blues and roots touring circuit, renowned for high energy sets that feature his groove-laden guitar playing and soulfully-searing vocals. Castro is a multi-year winner of the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (the highest honor in the blues community) along with multiple Blues Music Awards to his credit. Tommy and his band The Painkillers make their debut on the WoodSongs Stage with songs from his new album 'The Devil You Know'. TEE DEE YOUNG is a central Kentucky, award winning blues legend. Young's playing and singing are authentic to the genre but oblivious to current industry trends. His guitar is a weapon, wielded with total authority, assailing the listener with his sheer virtuosity.
59 minutes long
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Mon Oct 20th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1506
Amy Ray and John Fullbright
AMY RAY is the Decatur, Georgia songwriter best known as half of the Grammy-winning Indigo Girls folk-rock duo. Amy has always been a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll but her upcoming solo release 'Goodnight Tender', on Ray's own Decatur-based imprint, will be a career first for her -- a pure country music album. The songs were written over more than a decade and she sings movingly about dogs, pills, Duane Allman and heartache. Amy will appear on WoodSongs with her country band. JOHN FULLBRIGHT was born in Bearden, Oklahoma and went to school in nearby Okemah, also the hometown of Woody Guthrie. It was at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival that John first started to make a name for himself in the picking circles on the festival campgrounds. In 2009, John burst upon the southwest music scene and started to earn comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman. His debut album two years ago earned the Oklahoma native a Grammy nomination for 'Best Americana Album'. He just released his follow up LP titled 'Songs'.
59 minutes long
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Mon Nov 3rd @ 12:00 am

Episode #1507
David Broza and Mike Stevens & Okaidja Afroso With
DAVID BROZA is an Israeli superstar that has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England, filling concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco to a rock and roll sound. David is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. David recorded his new album 'East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem' with Palestinian and Israeli musicians in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part of that holy city. David will be performing on WoodSongs with his full band plus Israeli-Palestinian singer Mira Awad. MIKE STEVENS and OKAIDJA AFROSO are two passionate musicians from very different backgrounds. Mike is an award winning harmonica virtuoso from Canada and Okaidja is a traditional master musician and dancer from Ghana. The two bring their talents together on the stunning album 'CanadAfrica'. Here you will encounter the essence of Ghana's Gold Coast intertwined with the deep roots of Folk and Blues music of North America. This innovative record reveals how beautifully the sounds of the harmonica complements Ghanaian melodies powered by these two master musicians. Kentucky traditional folk musician Raymond McLain joins Mike for a barn storming version of the "Orange Blossom Special" to open the broadcast.
59 minutes long
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Mon Nov 10th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1508
Suzy Bogguss and Valerie June
SUZY BOGGUSS is one of country music's most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native's 1989 major label debut, 'Somewhere Between', Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of '90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like "Outbound Plane," "Drive South," "Hey Cinderella," "Letting Go" and "Aces," and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. In addition, she scored a trio of gold albums and notched more than 3 million sales. The CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer latest album, 'Lucky', is a collection of songs all written by the country rebel legend Merle Haggard. VALERIE JUNE calls her sound "organic moonshine roots music," blending country, blues, gospel, soul and Appalachian folk. This Tennessee native taught herself guitar, banjo and ukulele, developing a distinctive style inspired by her heroes from a century before like Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and The Carter Family. June's debut studio album "Pushin' Against a Stone" was co-produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and is drawing rave reviews. Rolling Stone Magazine and American Songwriter included it in their list of top albums of the year. Valerie makes her debut on the WoodSongs stage with a riveting solo performance.
59 minutes long
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Mon Nov 17th @ 12:00 am


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1413
Michael Martin Murphey and The Clark Family Trio F
Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs Crew head to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the second show of a double broadcast taping at as part of the 66th Annual Ozark Folk Festival. Michael Martin Murphey has been called "one of the best songwriters in America." 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 earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. His latest release is the bluegrass flavored album 'Red River Drifter'. The Clark Family Trio are from Searcy, Arkansas and perform modern Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel favorites, featuring tight three-part "family" harmonies and finger-style and flat picked acoustic guitar. Nine-year-old Sally Ann Clark and her big sister, 15-year-old Sophie, have literally grown up singing with their Mom, Cindy (who also plays upright bass for the group). They are joined by Little Rock superpicker Bill Nesbitt on acoustic guitar. Fiddlin' Banjo Billy Mathews has been playing music for over forty years in the Old Time genre. Still residing in the Ozark Mountains, he is known far and wide across this land for his musical skill and old time fiddling ability.
56 minutes long
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Mon Aug 4th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1412
Celebrating The Music of The Ozarks From Eureka Sp
Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs Crew head to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the first show of a double broadcast taping at as part of the 66th Annual Ozark Folk Festival featuring: Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Clancey Ferguson, The Ozark Alliance, Mountain Sprout, David Kimbrough III, and Allison Williams. Leroy Troy And The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band are a "blast from the past" band. They are five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth anchored by Leroy Troy, "The Tennessee Slicker," who has performed his astounding old time banjo act since the 1980's and was a featured player on hit TV show Hee Haw. Their latest CD is 'Barnyard Frolic'. Clancey Ferguson has been hailed as the "Princess of Bluegrass." This 15-year-old fiddler from Mountain View, Arkansas is the 2012 Arkansas State Junior Fiddle Champion the and 2013 Arkansas Junior Contemporary Fiddle Champion. Despite her tender age, Clancey has amassed and an impressive list of appearances including playing on stage with Rhonda Vincent on numerous occasions and interviewed by Chelsea Clinton for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The Ozark Alliance is a family band from Salem, Missouri, (home of The Dillards). Alex, Jenny, Allison, Robin, & Dennis Vaughn have been playing together as a band since 2002 - with the exception of Allison, who was only born in 2004. The band specializes in traditional and modern bluegrass and bluegrass-gospel music performed around a single mic. In fact, they won 1st place in the National Single Mic Championship at Silver Dollar City in 2008. Mountain Sprout is a highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with whitty lyrics and face melting musicianship. Hailing from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, these four incredible musicians work seamlessly to bring forward the kind of bass thumping, banjo picking, guitar playing, fiddle shredding, that makes you get up and stomp your feet. David Kimbrough III is a genuine bluesman living in Northwest Arkansas. He began his career singing alongside his father the great "Junior" Kimbrough. David has recently added the mountain dulcimer to his presentation of original, Delta, North Mississippi Hill Country and Cotton Patch Blues. Allison Williams is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks and plays old-time clawhammer banjo in a modern context. Allison got her start as a punk rock musician before rediscovering her musical roots. Several years in the mountains of North Carolina educated her in Appalachian banjo techniques, especially the fast, distinctive styles of Hobart Smith and Wade Ward. Since releasing her solo CD 'Give Me Roses', she has toured internationally, playing to a sold-out Barbican Hall in London, as part of the BBC's "Folk America" special, and backing folk legend Michelle Shocked on her 2010 East Coast tour. She makes her home again in the Ozark mountains.
56 minutes long
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Mon Jul 28th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1411
Tim O'brien & Darrell Scott and Ron Block With Sie
Tim O'brien & Darrell Scott are roots-music titans. The highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists have conducted their parallel careers as solo artists and sidemen, cutting similarly wide swaths across the roots-music landscape. They've continued to release solo albums while leading their own bands and lending their talents to world-class musical aggregations - notably including O'Brien's stint in Mark Knopfler's touring unit and Scott's foray with Robert Plant's Band of Joy - as well as having their songs covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins and Tim McGraw. The two have just released 'Memories and Moments'. It's their long awaited studio follow-up to the 2000 release 'Real Time'. Ron Block has long since secured his reputation as a deeply thoughtful and accomplished musician. After two-decades as part of Alison Krauss' band, Union Station, with whom he's earned a collection of Grammy®, IBMA, and Dove awards, as well as many years as a songwriter and sideman for the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Randy Travis, The Boxcars, The Cox Family, Dailey & Vincent, Dolly Parton, and Vince Gill. Block now presents his third solo album, 'Walking Song'. This collection of songs contains the richest range of sentiments that Block has ever taken up, from the ultimate longings of the soul to the joy and wonder of being alive. Ron will be be performing on WoodSongs with bluegrass phenom Sierra Hull.
56 minutes long
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Mon Jul 21st @ 12:00 am


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