KC Cafe Radio is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour to the KC Cafe Radio schedule. The one-hour live-recorded show airs Sunday mornings at 9 (Central Time).
For nearly 20 years, WoodSongs has brought together a community of musicians and music fans to a virtual “front porch” that celebrates the spirit of the American experience through song. Over those 20 years, that front porch has evolved from a small studio that could only seat about 20 people, to the 540-seat historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. Globally, WoodSongs has evolved from a single radio station in Georgetown, Kentucky, to an international TV and radio network including 515 American public radio stations, access to nearly 96 million American homes through public television, and to 173 countries through the Armed Forces Radio Network. Earlier this month, WoodSongs announced its affiliation with the American cable television channel RFD-TV, adding nearly 50 million households to its audience.
WoodSongs host Michael Johnathon
WoodSongs host Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in the arts as a songwriter, playwright, and composer of the opera, Woody: For the People. He grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas and found a job working as the late night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by Roger McGuinn and The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the songs writer, his former neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, he decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.
Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian mountains knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people. Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools and fairs. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with twelve released albums, three published books and several national projects.
Recently, Michael helped organize the national WoodSongs Front Porch Association to help organize rural and community music and a massive educational program. Members of the WFPA are called “SongFarmers,” which is also the title of his recent album, the very first national CD release to be completely recorded on an iPhone. His new 176-page book WoodSongs III is being released September 2017.
In addition to his albums, books, concerts and other projects the Martin Guitar Company recently introduced the Michael Johnathon signature model 0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar.
He lives in a log cabin on a hill surrounded by meadows, streams and woods outside of Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Melissa and family.
Community of volunteers
WoodSongs is an all-volunteer-driven operation. From its host, to the stagehands, technicians, engineers and even camera operators, everyone works collectively to produce a weekly program that, through its very core mission, is a living, breathing and outstanding example of community.
Perhaps the best example of this community effort is the educational component that WoodSongs produces, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky. Together, they provide educational classroom lesson plans and materials that revolve around the subjects of language, history and the arts, all while encouraging creativity. Each episode of the show features a WoodSongs Kid, who, through creative inspiration, shares his or her passion and talent.
Sunday mornings at 9 (Central Time)
For nearly 10 years, KC Cafe Radio has provided a rare link to original music and the people who write and perform that music. We are pleased that we are now also a part of the unique community that represents the WoodSongs values and passion. We encourage you to tune in join us every Sunday morning!