Join us for a night with Michael Johnathan!
Folksinger Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in the arts as a
songwriter, playwright, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, and
as the host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio
Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on
500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, plus American
Forces Radio Network in 173 nations.
This ‘Woody Guthrie in a Cyber World’ 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 the
60’s folk rock group The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the
songs writer, his 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.
Michael experienced hundreds of front porch hootenannies where folks would
pull out their banjos and fiddles, sit on their front porches with him and
play the old songs that their grandparents taught them.
Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools
and fairs. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the
homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children.
In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch.
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. His play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has
been performed over 8,000 times in 42 countries. A tree-hugger at heart,
he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus
benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered
women and children. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero”
and he has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo
and the BBC.
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 book WoodSongs III will be
released Spring 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.
Visit his websites: WoodSongs.comWaldenPlay.com WoodyGuthrieOpera.com