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Woodsongs host, folksinger Michael Johnathon, releases ‘Dazed & Confuzed,’ to perform in Ohio

Michael Johnathon is heading north, to celebrate the release of his new album “Dazed & Confuzed” (PoetMan Records). The Kentucky-based folksinger, who lives in a log cabin outside of Lexington, will headline an evening of music at Leo Coffeehouse in Cincinnati on Sunday, April 14, as part of the Queen City Balladeers’ monthly concert series. Johnathon is best known as host of the internationally...

From a single college station, to over 500 stations worldwide, WoodSongs celebrates 900th broadcast

It started as a small broadcast on a little college radio station with 12 people in the audience. Today it is the biggest roots music broadcast in the world and will make history on Monday July 24 when the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour presents its 900th broadcast taping at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY. WoodSongs airs on over 500 radio stations from Australia to New York to Ireland....

WoodSongs lands national time slots on Dish’s BlueHighways, American Forces Radio

The live audience roots music program “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” has been added to BlueHighways on DISH TV and on American Forces Radio Network.   The Lexington-based program, already broadcast nationwide on PBS TV stations, will be airing in an additional 14 million U.S. TV homes on the BlueHighways channel 73 on DISH TV starting July 3. Air times are Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., plus...

Weighty Matters: When will we ever learn taking away cupcakes for many means war?

Now this is something I’d consider worth an addiction. I can feel my pheromones humming! (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Lesley Cissell KyForward columnist   A packed house at Lexington’s Lyric Theater sang a famous folksong this week to more than 2 million listeners worldwide tuning in to Michael Johnathon’s tribute to the late Pete Seeger on WoodSongs.   We sang...

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour takes show, music back to Emerald Isle birthplace

Kentucky folksinger Michael Johnathon’s live audience celebration of grassroots music, the ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,’ travels across the pond to the National Convention center in Dublin Thursday, July 18, for a special event double-broadcast to honor the Irish birth of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music.   The broadcast event is part of The Gathering – a yearlong series...

Bluegrass celebration to launch in June, inspired by anniversary of Lexington festival

Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the “Festival of the Bluegrass,” a group of local music, civic and city leaders have announced a weeklong celebration called “Best Of Bluegrass” – also being referred to affectionately by its acronym – “BOB.”   The new event, to be held June 3-8, will take place at venues all over the Lexington area as well as the traditional location at...