RFD-TV is proud to announce that the popular celeb-studded bluegrass series “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” will be added to the music and entertainment lineup beginning July 7th at 6 p.m. ETS. Produced by musician and singer, Michael Jonathon, “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” is a global production that airs on radio and television networks around the world and brings together both musicians and music lovers to celebrate the traditional American experience through song.
“WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” features an eclectic array of popular artists from genres of folk, blues, country, jazz, new-age, and rock. Season one guests include songwriter Jewel, Southern rock band The Kentucky HeadHunters, banjo great Bela Fleck, The Mavericks, genre-busting Michael Martin Murphey and bluegrass super group the Earls of Leicester. Past artists have also included Imelda May, the Indigo Girls, Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pink Martini, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne, Janie Fricke, Neko Case, Lee Ann Womack, John McEuen, Jakob Dylan, and Peter Frampton among others.
Michael Johnathon is a folksinger and musician who travels America with his Martin guitar and Vega long-neck banjo performing his message of music and community for audiences around the country. Johnathon has built a massive, multi-media following over the past 15 years which serves as his “front porch” to share the roots and acoustic music he loves.
“Once upon a time, the front porch was the grand pulpit of America,” said producer and host Michael Johnathon. “It is where families and neighbors gathered and where the sun sets each day with community and song. I want “WoodSongs” to re-create the wonderful legacy of that time. We need it. Especially now.”
In the spirit of that front porch passion, the “WoodSongs” production team is all-volunteer run and filmed in front of a live audience at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. It is formatted as a one-hour musical conversation focusing on the artists and their music. Each episode also features a segment called “WoodSongs Kids,” where young musicians get an opportunity to play on stage with that week’s professional talent.
Lexington is proud to be the home of “Woodsongs.”
“Kentucky has one of the most important musical legacies in America,” says Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of Kentucky Tourism. “Just look at all the artists from here that fit the image and spirit of “WoodSongs”: Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs and so many others. From the hollers of Appalachia to the mountains of western Kentucky, “WoodSongs” music mirrors the American spirit.”
“WoodSongs is celebrating not just the music of Kentucky, but the people and artists who make it. Lexington has been home to Jerry Douglass, Bela Fleck, JD Crowe and so many others,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, President of Lexington’s tourism office. “Like Michael describes us in the show, Lexington is the crossroads of America’s folks and bluegrass music, and we couldn’t be more excited that RFD-TV is showing this spirit nationwide.”
Love is the greatest transaction in the arts and “WoodSongs” shows this.” said producer and host Michael Johnathon. “Each performance is about the love and passion for music that an artist brings to our show. The music simply comes through the heart of those who are trying to communicate with their audience.”
Watch “WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour” Fridays at 6 PM ET starting July 7th. To learn more about the project, visit WoodSongs.com. Get the full RFD-TV lineup and more at rfdtv.com.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.