Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour on HPPR

Saturdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm CT
Michael Johnathon

A celebration of grassroots Americana music. Hear folk, bluegrass and acoustic singer-songwriter music.

Hosted by folk singer Michael Jonathon, Woodsongs is a multi-media celebration of grass roots music run entirely by volunteers! Featuring live performances from bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists performed at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky.


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  • Sunday, March 2, 2014 2:53pm
    REBECCA FRAZIER achieved notoriety in the bluegrass world as the first woman ever to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. But it is her vocal prowess and song writing chops that make her one of the most exciting new artists to emerge on the national bluegrass stage. 'When We Fall' is her long awaited solo debut and it is already garnering praise from bluegrass fans and critics in the know. She will be appearing on WoodSongs with her stellar band Hit and Run.

    LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE is an Indie-Folk Songwriter out of Brooklyn, NY. A former elementary teacher in New York City, Lucy joined the family 'business' (mom is Suzzy Roche, dad is Loudon Wainwright III and sister/brother are Martha and Rufus, respectively) with the release of her debut 'Lucy' in 2010. Lucy is known for her crystal clear voice and straightforward, funny stage presence. She has performed with a number of musicians including the Indigo Girls, Neko Case, Dar Williams and Over the Rhine. She just released her sophomore album 'Last Time For Everything'. It features 10 originals and one surprising cover song - a unique adaptation of Robyn’s dance hit 'Call Your Girlfriend'. .
  • Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:53am
    MANDY BARNETT is a World-Class Vocalist who sings in the stylings of pop and jazz standards, torch, and classic country music. A native of Crossville, Tennessee, she started singing at five years-old. As a teenager, Mandy starred as country music legend Patsy Cline in the stage show "Always . . . Patsy Cline" at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The performances sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the country. Mandy soon began releasing albums under her name including 'I’ve Got A Right To Cry' which was a huge critical success. Her latest is 'I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson'.

    THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938. The band's latest album is 'Carry Me Home'. .
  • Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:21am
    JIMBO MATHUS is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus "the singing voice of Huck Finn." Jimbo remains a rising-star powerhouse that feeds the soul. His latest band, The Tri-State Coalition, features solid talent cut from the same Delta cloth. Jimbo will be previewing tracks from his upcoming album release 'Dark Night of the Soul' due out in February on Fat Possum Records.

    CYNTHIA SAYER breaks all the banjo player stereotypes. Considered one of the top 4-string banjoists in the world today, Cynthia brings an edgy and soulful swing banjo style to a wide range of musical genres including hot jazz, tango, western swing, virtuoso clas-sics and more. Cynthia has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, and for foreign royalty, and is an inductee into the American Banjo Museum Hall Of Fame. Her album ‘Attractions,’ with legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, was nominated Best CD of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cynthia's much-anticipated 2013 release ‘Joyride,’ is receiving rave reviews. .
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:26am
    THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA return to the WoodSongs stage with a brand album 'I'll Find a Way' produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Nearly seventy-five years after they hit their first notes together, the Blind Boys of Alabama are exceptional not only in their longevity, but also in the breadth of their catalog and their relevance to contemporary roots music. Since 2000, they have won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards, and have delivered their spiritual message to countless listeners.

    ED KOWALCZYK is the founding member, songwriter and former lead singer of LIVE. With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Kowalczyk has built an impressive résumé in LIVE that includes eight full-length albums that have reached gold and platinum status in 9 countries, and nine Top 10 hit songs, which include the crossover smash "Grace" from his debut solo album, and classics such as "Lightning Crashes", "I Alone", "Selling The Drama", "The Dolphin's Cry" and "Heaven". Kowalczyk opened a new chapter in his already illustrious career in 2009 with the launch of his solo career. He will be performing songs from has brand new EP 'The Garden'.
  • Monday, January 20, 2014 9:16am
    THE MALLET BROTHERS BAND are from Portland, Maine. Two members of MBB are sons of famed folk singer David Mallet ("Inch by inch, row by row ... gonna make this garden grow"). Drawing from an array of influences including rock and roll, folk, blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and even punk, the band's latest is 'Land'.

    THE LINDSEY FAMILY are a 13 Member traveling acoustic roots music family band from Greensburg, Kentucky. The band just finished in 3rd place at Silver Dollar City National Single Mic Championship. With ages ranging from 2 to 21, the band members are expert harmony and solo singers as well as great instrumentalists. Check out their bluegrass version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" from the competition.