The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Podcast
Summary: Artists are chosen to appear on our stage because they are good. End of story. Fame, commercial success or lack there-of, who you know, who you opened for, whether you are on a label or are releasing your own CD, what famous artist used the same mixing board you recorded your latest CD on and who manages you mean NOTHING.
Celebrating the Legacy of the Carter Family with John Carter Cash, Dale Jett and Al, Alice & Ruth
Kinky Friedman and Kacey Jones
Bobby Rush and Jericho Woods
Elle King and David Wax Museum
Leigh Nash and Tall Heights
Celebration of WoodSongs Kids 2015
GANGSTAGRASS is a dirty fightin', gator wrestlin', foot stompin' bluegrass-hip-hop project of Brooklyn based producer Rench, who has spent the last decade making gritty, soulful country hip-hop music that you will actually like. Best known as the Emmy-nominated makers to the hit FX drama Justified, the band has since become a commercial and critical success. Gangstagrass is now back with its fourth official album, the aptly-titled, 'American Music'. The album debuted Number 5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. HARPETH RISING are unapologetic genre-benders. This trio of women are master musicians that fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. The band's fourth album is 'Shifted'. WoodSongs Kid: Mikaya Taylor is a 10 year old singer from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
ANDREA ZONN is one of the most respected fiddle players and harmony vocalists in contemporary music today. Her years on the road as a fiddler and harmony singer for James Taylor, Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and others have drawn her close to some important artists. Zonn’s wide-ranging tastes and twin training in classical and traditional music helped her find extensive studio work, including recordings with Linda Ronstadt, George Jones, Amy Grant and countless others. 'Rise', Zonn’s second album as an artist on Compass Records, shows off Andrea digging into songcraft with focus and newfound confidence. It includes appearances by some of her friends and colleagues. like Taylor, Gill, Keb' Mo', Sam Bush, John Cowan and others. JACKIE GREENE has an uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the new album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work. Although Back to Birth is Greene’s first new solo release in five years, he’s hardly been idle. In fact, he’s spent much of the past few years engaging in a series of collaborative musical adventures including touring with the Black Crowes, Phil Lesh & Friends and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir plus the release of the self-titled debut album of supergroup Trigger Hippy featuring Greene and Joan Osborne. Woodsongs Kid: Willamson Branch is family bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee.
ANNIE MOSES BAND is the Nashville-based classical crossover ensemble that has steadily built an international audience and accepted invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and PBS. Comprised of 6 siblings, the Annie Moses Band unites classically trained virtuosity with a love for roots music, bluegrass, and American songbook repertoire. The band members are also dedicated advocates of musical education and founded the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville to support aspiring performers each year. Their new album is 'American Rhapsody'. THE LOWEST PAIR features the duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon, their debut release, 36¢, (Team Love Records) was hailed by many outlets and American Songwriter praised their 'earnest, earthy songcraft.' Earlier this year they released sophomore album, 'The Sacred Heart Sessions'. Recorded in an old church in Duluth. Minnesota, it seemed like the perfect way to expand on their sound without diluting their original magical formula. WoodSongs Kids: The Jolly String Quartet are adopted kids from Russia now living in Tennessee. They are students at the Annie Moses Conservatory.
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. Figuring prominently in the EMMY Award-winning PBS Special 'Music of Ireland,' the band is now taking the world of Celtic music by storm with its own contemporary brand of self-penned songs and compositions. The new generation of this legendary family has developed a distinctive sound that is totally immersed in the popular culture of today, while maintaining a firm anchor in the influences of past generations. THE GOTHARD SISTERS have become internationally recognized as multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA. Regularly performing more than 120 shows a year, they have built a loyal following by connecting with audiences in a lively, entertaining and touching way. In 2013, the Irish Music Awards presented the Gothard Sisters with Best New Irish Artist, and they were awarded with Album of the Year for Celtic Radio in 2011 for their album 'Story Girl'. The Gothard Sisters’ long-awaited 3rd original album, 'Mountain Rose', was recently released and features fresh, inventive and melodic violin lines, the rhythmic drive of bodhran, percussion, Irish step dance and guitar, and three-part vocal sibling harmony. WoodSongs Kid: Amber Adkins is an award winning fiddle player from Lexington, Kentucky. She’s 15.
Jewel is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter, poet and actress. Jewel has sold more than 25 million albums over her musical career. Her debut album Pieces of You had the hit "Who Will Save Your Soul." Jewel was born in Utah, and grew up in Alaska. She began her musical career at the age of six. After her parents divorced, Jewel continued to tour for several years with her father, who taught her how to yodel-a singing technique that Jewel has used in many of her own songs. At age 15 she began performing as a solo act and won a vocal scholarship to Interlochen, a private school in Michigan dedicated to the arts. While there, she began writing songs and took up the guitar. Jewel later moved to San Diego, California, to live with her mother, and eventually branched out on her own, ending up living in a van for a time as she tried to make it as a performer. Jewel comes on WoodSongs to read from her new memoir plus perform songs from her new album. WoodSongs Kid: Kelsie May is 16 and from Louisa, Kentucky. She is an aspiring country singer and songwriter. She appeared on NBC's hit TV show The Voice as a member of Team Blake.
GIRLS GUNS & GLORY have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). Boston’s rising stars foursome found from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. The band's latest is a live album honoring their hero Hank Williams. T SISTERS are a genuine sister singing group based out of Oakland, CA. The group’s subtle throwback aesthetic calls to mind classic trios past, from the Andrews Sisters and 1960s girl-groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by influences spanning folk, country, gospel, klezmer and early-90’s R&B, each sister brings a unique vocal and lyrical style to a sound that is at once modern and timeless. WoodSongs Kid: Kitty Amaral is a 13 year-old award winning fiddle player from Elk Creek, Virginia.
TOMMY EMMANUEL is arguably one of the most exciting, brilliant and powerful guitar masters on earth. Walking in the legacy of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and many others Tommy has dazzled audiences worldwide with his sheer mastery of the instrument. WoodSongs is excited to welcome back our friend for his sixth appearance on our broadcast as we help Tommy celebrate the release of his brand new album, 'It’s Never Too Late.' This is a show not to be missed. WoodSongs Kid: Evan Twitty is a 14-year-old guitarist from Vincennes, Indiana. Evan just won the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame 2015 Horizon Award.
THE MAVERICKS merge traditional country with traditional rock & roll. The band became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early ’90s. Led by songwriter Raul Malo, the legendary group have released their brand new album, ‘Mono’ that is actually recorded in MONO instead of STEREO. They have started a worldwide concert tour called the Mono Mundo Tour to celebrate the release and come to WoodSongs loaded with new songs and hits. Raul Malo remains the lead singer of the band, his voice easily navigating country, rockabilly, Latino and even opera. WHITNEY ROSE is a special guest on the show as requested by Raul Malo himself, who produced her new album Heartbreaker of the Year. Whitney, a powerful Canadian artist, first met the Mavericks when she was booked to open for them in Toronto, and they were suitably impressed enough to ask her to join them for their entire 2014 cross-Canada tour. WoodSongs fans are in for a powerful night of country music on this special event broadcast taping! WoodSongs Kid: Haley and Dylan Richardson are a brother and sister duo from Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, who specialize in traditional Irish music.
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and collabo-rated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Wa-ters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper, just to name to name a few. His latest 'I Ain't Lyin' is all Charlie – original tunes penned by this Grammy winning master that resonate with the South itself – rising from the Mississippi, crossing the levy, dancing through the streets and cutting to the heart of all that matters. GILL LANDRY is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana. After cutting his musical teeth busking in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing songs about it; interpreting life from the curb up. Gill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He's played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. WoodSongs Kid: Erin Coburn is a 13-year-old blues musician from Florence, Kentucky.