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Woodsongs

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. THE McCRARY SISTERS are long known in Nashville circles as first-call session aces supporting some of music's most vibrant artists. Possessing a unique familial musical history of their own as daughters of longtime Fairfield Four tenor Rev. Samuel McCrary, The McCrary Sisters - Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina - each bring a unique energy and virtuosity to the group, not to mention varied experiences within the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and gospel music. 'Let's Go' is their new project Of timeless spirituals and original tracks produced by Buddy Miller.

Woodsongs  
  • Young Thumbs with Special Guest Tommy Emmanuel
    Sunday, April 5
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Young Thumbs is an organization started at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville by John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel. Both of these legendary guitar masters, awarded Certified Guitar Player (CGP) honors by Chet Atkins, offer advice, encouragement, and help these teenage pickers continue Chet's legacy by connecting with older, established fingerstyle guitarists. Young master guitarists from around the world perform on this Special Event broadcast of WoodSongs and are mentored by one of the most revered guitar players on Earth Tommy Emmanuel. Young Thumbs appearing on the show include thirteen-year-old award-winning guitarist Frano from Croatia, Nathan Miller, Parker Hastings, Bella Spellman, plus Take Two Guitar Duo with Katelyn Prieboy and Emma Pettyjohn.
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    Sunday, April 12
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rhonda Vincent was famously crowned as "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, and is considered the most decorated artist in that field. She is an 8-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy winner. Her group The Rage is the most Award Winning Group in Bluegrass Music History. She will be performing material for her latest project 'Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with Bluegrass Legends Live at the Ryman'. WoodSongs Kids: The Borders Band is a family band from Clarksville, TN consisting of five siblings ranging in age from 6-13 years old. All attend the Conservatory of Annie Moses in Nashville, TN, where each studies at least two instruments, vocal and stage performance, music theory and composition, and family performance.
  • Ukulele Night!
    Sunday, April 19
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    From it's humble origins in Hawaii to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the ukulele is having a global revival. On this Special Broadcast of WoodSongs, we'll be exploring the many styles, sounds and stories of the uke with musicians from across the country including: "The Tennessee Ukulele Lady" Kelle Jolly, young, dynamic sister duo from Columbia, Missouri The Burney Sisters, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Andrew Molina, a wholly unique father-daughter musical duo The Barnkickers and 11-year-old WoodSongs Kid Ian Shaw.
  • Abby The Spoon Lady & Chris Rodrigues and McPeake
    Sunday, April 26
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Abby The Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues are buskers from Asheville North Carolina and are internationally known street performers after one of their videos went viral. Abby is one of very few professional spoon players in the United States and has been a professional street performer for over a decade. McPeake builds on the 150 year tradition of this legacy musical family from Belfast, Ireland that influenced Van Morrison, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. The band is now taking the world of Celtic music by storm with its own contemporary brand of self-penned songs and compositions. WoodSongs Kids: The Band of Kelleys are a multi-award winning progressive bluegrass band of 4 siblings from Appling, Georgia now based in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Molly Tuttle and Mike Barnett
    Sunday, May 3
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Molly Tuttle is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice. She is the first woman in the 27-year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year and win. She's appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest. Mike Barnett has been building a career as a premier fiddler in bluegrass music. His current gig is a member of Kentucky Thunder, the traveling band of bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs as well as the Bryan Sutton Band. WoodSongs Kid: Christiana Joneikis is a seventeen-year-old clawhammer banjo player and songwriter from Sherve, Ohio. She performs the title cut of her debut CD with her Dad.
  • The Mammals and the Dustbowl Revival
    Sunday, May 10
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Mammals are a high-octane Americana quintet from New York's storied Hudson Valley. They carry on the work of Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature "trad is rad" sound. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members - and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. WoodSongs Kids: Eli Patrick & Dreyden Gordon are two young bluegrass musicians from Eastern Kentucky.
  • John Gorka and the War and Treaty
    Sunday, May 17
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more. The War and Treaty are the husband & wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount. The band's blend of roots music, bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul boasts a sound that's both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. It's music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. WoodSongs Kid: Although only 8-years-old, Ashlyn Smith flat-picks the guitar well beyond her years. Her hometown is Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Lee Roy Parnell and Samantha Fish
    Sunday, May 24
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lee Roy Parnell is known as a triple-threat artist for his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice, and top-shelf songwriting skills. After earning a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe and a publishing contract, Parnell launched his solo career on Arista Records, which produced many country hits, including "A Little Bit Of You" and six other Top 10 hits. Parnell has released his first album in 11 years 'Midnight Believer'. Samantha Fish has quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions. WoodSongs Kid: Gabriella Rose is a ten-year-old ukulele singer from Tampa Bay, Florida.
  • Aubrey Logan and Gaelynn Lea
    Sunday, May 31
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Lea performs from her electric wheelchair and holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies. She recently won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. In addition to performing and recording, Lea also loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, the power music, and leading an enriching life. Aubrey Logan is known as "The Queen of Sass." Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well...fun! Her heart wrenching musical stories has audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stiches. Her appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Grammy Awards and a PBS special and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook. WoodSongs Kid: Elle Hack is a ten-year-old singer from Benton, Kentucky.
  • Chris Stills and Abbie Gardner
    Sunday, June 7
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Chris Stills is the son of American rock musician Stephen Stills and French singer-songwriter Veronique Sanson and was raised between Paris and Los Angeles. His multicultural influences are infused in his work as a singer-songwriter and actor. Since his debut album on Atlantic Records, Chris has toured the world performing and recording with a variety of brilliant artists including, Don Was, Leanne Rimes, Ryan Adams, Government Mule, Smashing Pumpkins, Lucinda Williams, Ricky Lee Jones, and others. His songs have been featured in numerous movies and television including the hit Showtime series, 'Shameless' and films like 'American Hustle' and most recently 'I, Tonya'. Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with the Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar playing. Solo performances feature truly unique use of the dobro as a solo instrument, bouncing between a solid rhythmic backbone and ripping lead lines, all in support of her voice and award-winning songs. WoodSongs Kid: Kevin Beddingfield is a ten-year old hot shot banjo picker from Flag Pond, Tennessee.

 

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  • Smithsonian Folkways Celebration
    Sunday, March 29
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    On this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, we're honoring one of the most important legacy's in all of recorded music... Smithsonian Folkways in celebration of their 70th anniversary. As Michael Johnathon notes, "Smithsonian Folkways is the musical treasure box of America's roots music. It is Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. It's what WoodSongs aspires to be. Our show was even based on Pete's old TV series Rainbow Quest. It's like WoodSongs is coming full circle as we present the great work of Smithsonian Folkways to a worldwide audience." Appearing on the broadcast will be three incredible Folkways artists that continue the tradition that Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document the "people's music", carry forward. Artists appearing on the broadcast include: Dom Flemons co-founding member of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grenadian-Canadian songwriter and tradition bearer Kaia Kater and Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj. Folkways' Huib Schippers, (Curator and Director) and Jeff Place (Curator and Senior Archivist) will join Michael to share the label's mission, story and cultural heritage with WoodSongs' global audience. WoodSongs Kid: Mya Hunt is a thirteen-year-old vocalist from the Appalachian community in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.
  • Sun Records Celebration
    Sunday, March 22
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Sun Records was founded in 1952 by Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee and is The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll that launched the careers of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Charlie Rich. This legacy broadcast of WoodSongs featuring all Memphis musicians is a jubilant homegrown commemoration of the timeless legacy of the tiny independent label that changed the face of American music. Memphis musician appearing on this legacy broadcast include: producer and Americana songwriter Bryan Hayes; acclaimed veteran of the Memphis music scene John Paul Keith; American singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress Amy LaVere and respected artist, songwriter and producer Will Sexton.
  • Tyminski and Drew Holcomb
    Sunday, March 15
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dan Tyminski is one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. He's been a member of Alison Krauss + Union Station for 25 years. He contributed guitar and/or harmony to many projects including the voice for George Clooney's on-screen character in 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' His daring new album 'Southern Gothic' merges electro-pop with his bluegrass and Americana roots. Drew Holcomb is a road warrior for more than a decade, has spent his adulthood onstage and on the road playing his honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. WoodSongs Kids: The Kellys hail from Springfield, Kentucky and perform an Appalachian rendition of the Korean folk song "Arrirang".
  • Baby Gramps and Lula Wiles
    Sunday, March 8
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    BABY GRAMPS is an energetic humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays a National Steel guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues from the 20's & 30's, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing. According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years. LULA WILES is the trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin and came of age in Boston, in the practice rooms of Berklee College of Music and the city's lively roots scene. Anchoring the band's sharp, provocative songcraft is a mastery of folk music, and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions. They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice.
  • Bb King Blues Band
    Sunday, March 1
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    THE BB KING BLUES BAND are the men who walked alongside the iconic bluesman for over 35 years. The band writes the next chapter, on a new album that salutes King's classic songs and showcases their own. Boasting several world-class songwriters in their ranks, 'The Soul Of The King' finds the lineup supplying material that stands alongside their late leader's catalogue. B.B. Kings daughter, Claudette King (vocals) and Michael Lee from The Voice (guitar & vocals) will be appearing with the band for this Special Event broadcast taping of WoodSongs.
  • Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles
    Sunday, February 23
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Over The Rhine and Bridge 19
    Sunday, February 16
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    OVER THE RHINE are the critically acclaimed husband and wife duo celebrating 30 years of making understated yet emotionally-charged music. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (aka Over the Rhine) have established a reputation for delivering genuine, heartfelt stories of the human condition that are both empathetic and provocative. The pair's expansive, incisive lyrics and earthy sound are often inspired by time and place. 'Love & Revelation' the first new music in four years finds the beloved duo in a deeply reflective place, contemplating both personal loss and the wavering of America's collective compass. BRIDGE 19 is a touring band based out of Louisville, KY. They offer a sound pallet of moody electric guitars, horns, accordion, & pedal steel - with rhythmic stylings of Nola jazz meets Americana. Vocal harmony is the corner stone, and makes Bridge 19 unique and transfixing.
  • The Lee Boys and Grady Champion
    Sunday, February 9
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    THE LEE BOYS are one of America's finest "sacred steel" ensembles and have been bringing their joyful noise around world for over 10 years. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their nephews, Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), Earl Walker (drums) and Chris Johnson, a young pedal steel player from Miami, that is making quite a name for himself. The band's new album 'Live On The East Coast' continues the Lee Boys reputation of playing eclectic, soulful music that incorporates elements of rock, country, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, funk and more. GRADY CHAMPION is a 21st Century Bluesman. This Mississippi-based songwriter/entertainer/musician has been captivating audiences for more than two decades. Champion has been the winner of prestigious Grammy and Blues Music Awards as well as the recipient of the 26th International Blues Challenge. His new CD, 'Steppin' In', is a tribute to legendary Texas bluesman ZZ Hill who died 35 years ago. Hill particularly inspired CHAMPION because Hill's combination of blues & soul stylings helped to restore the blues to modern black consciousness.
  • Michael Johnathon and the Ohio Valley Symphony
    Sunday, February 2
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Folksinger Michael Johnathon and The Ohio Valley Symphony celebrate the music and stories of America's front porch, from Appalachia to Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly to George Gershwin, Irving Berlin to Vincent Van Gogh and more.