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Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour on HPPR
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.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:23pmMIKE SCOTT is the Scottish bandleader of the legendary group The Waterboys. The band has just released its first new album in half a decade 'An Appointment With Mr. Yeats' which takes classic poems of the classic Irish poet W.B. Yeats and puts them in modern musical settings. The new album connects with the power and immediacy of Waterboy's classics like This Is the Sea (1985) and Fisherman’s Blues (1988), unfolding with colorful vividness that has characterized Scott’s single-minded body of work during the course of the last three decades. Scott has been on quite a creative roll in recent years, having authored an enthusiastically received memoir, Adventures of a Waterboy, while the new album is the result of two decades of dedication and a lifelong fascination with Yeats’ poetry.
Friday, June 7, 2013 7:10pmTHE INDIGO GIRLS are the Grammy-winning folk-rock duo from Georgia. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray began performing together in high school, transferred their honest, urgent performing style onto the stages of countless small clubs, then saw their public profile take off with the 1989 release of their self-titled breakthrough (an album that included the first hit, 'Closer To Fine,' and went on to win Best Contemporary Folk Recording at the 1990 Grammys). The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them a fervidly devoted following over the years. On their fourteenth studio album, ‘Beauty Queen Sister’, the duo deliver a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. The Indigo Girls will be performing on WoodSongs with their full touring band The Shadowboxers.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:05pmDOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER is celebrating his 50th anniversary in bluegrass music this year. Doyle and the boys have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame last year. We are proud to have this incredible bluegrass legend back on WoodSongs!
LAKE STREET DIVE is a quirky northeastern quartet that has become known for their irreverent brand of pop which blends classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion. Combine this with the unstoppable joy of their live shows and near viral collection of YouTube videos, and you get the sum of the Lake Street Dive equation: pure pop music fun. Knock-your-socks-off vocals and virtuosic instrumentals top it all off, and with the release of their third and self titled record on Signature Sounds, the band is garnering a growing fan base in and beyond their native East Coast. Check out their fun Jackson 5 cover recorded on a sidewalk.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:18pmEXILE is one of America's legendary bands. In 1963, the year before the Beatles scored their first American hit, a group of kids calling themselves The Exiles climbed onto an outdoor stage in the small town of Richmond, Ky. The group, JP Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman are celebrating 50 years together with their first new album in 20 years, their induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and more.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:24pmJD CROWE is in fact one of the greatest bluegrass stars of all time. He comes to WoodSongs to help us celebrate his legacy career, amazing banjo style and his recent honors from the University of Kentucky. Crowe began playing the banjo early and was offered a job with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys in the mid-1950s. In the late 1960s, Crowe formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys, principally performing in the Lexington, Kentucky region. By the early 1970s, Crowe changed the band's name to The New South, widely considered one of the most influential bluegrass groups in history. Many influential musicians have been a part of the band over the years, including Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Doyle Lawson. Part of the evening will be devoted to JD talking about his banjo style and introducing young, new players to the audience.
BRANDY MILLER is a 15 year girl from North Carolina who has won several banjo awards. JD Crowe is one of her banjo inspirations and we thought it would be fun to have her on the show to go pick-to-pick with her. Bring your own seat belts! MARTEKA LAKE is a 14 year girl from West Virginia. She will be playing on the show with her brother Will.