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WoodSongs playing 'instrumental' role in tornado relief efforts


With many Western Kentuckians still struggling to put their lives back together in the wake of December's deadly tornadoes, a project to replace their lost musical instruments has seen a surge of written requests in the last 24 hours.

Michael Johnathon of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour says the Tornado Relief Effort has gotten many tearful ‘thank-you’s from students who lost band equipment and grandpas who lost banjos, and they’re planning to replace hundreds more instruments in Mayfield, Dawson Springs, and Owensboro this Friday and Saturday.

“The Steinway company air-dropped over two and a half thousand pianos to the soldiers in the battlefields of World War Two. Winston Churchill was asked if he was gonna remove the arts from the government budget to pay for the war effort and he looked at the reporter and he said ‘well what on earth are we fighting for?’ Music and art is important. What has happened is we’ve collected instruments from all over the nation, hundreds of them, and [in] the last twenty-four hours we’ve gotten a surge of requests that exceeds the number of instruments that we have. So we need fiddles, banjos, violas, cellos . . .”
Michael Johnathon, host, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Any instrument can be donated if you get it to Curriers Music in Richmond by 7 PM this evening, or the Kroger parking lot off Bryan Station Road in Lexington by 6 PM tomorrow.

“Every songwriter, every musician, every artist during a time of trial reaches for their guitar, for their piano, for their mandolin. The essence of human comfort is music and art, and now is the time to help restore that to the folks on the other side of Kentucky’s front porch in Western Kentucky.”
Michael Johnathon, host, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

More information at https://www.woodsongs.com/tornado/