I'm fresh back from my trip to Lexington, KY, to play on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour with Michael Martin Murphey. A mere hop, skip, and a jump from Nashville, the three-hour drive was made less fun by rain, sleet, and snow in a slow but constant pace. Troy Engle (fiddle) and I rode up with Pat Flynn (guitar) while Mike Bub (bass), Ryan Murphey (guitar), and MMM each drove up separately. The show is in the Kentucky Theater in downtown Lexington. I'd played it once before in August of 2002 with Uncle Earl, but we, apparently were in the larger of the two theaters in the building, so nothing looked familiar. I took my camera, meaning to get some pictures, but did I remember to? No.
The show is very laid-back in feel, but sticks to a rigid format. The host Michael Jonathon does the opening song, then the first guest (MMM) does two songs, separated by a short interview, then the second guest (Tom Rush) does two songs, again separated by an interview. The second half repeats this order, minus the host's song. We played "Lone Cowboy," "Carolina in the Pines," "What Am I Doing Hanging Around," and "Fiddlin Man." Mike Bub had never played with MMM before, and had just made chord charts for all the songs on the CD the night before. Despite the fact that we didn't even run through all the songs before the show, he nailed everything like a true pro.
I'd never heard of Tom Rush, but I really liked his songs. Especially one called "The Remember Song," which is really big on YouTube. They fed us a nice meal before the show, and afterwards Troy, Pat, Michael, his road manager Charles, and I went out for a drink with Michael Jonathon. The show put us up at a nice bed and breakfast and we drove home this morning, incredibly, after seeing it snow! In April!
Woodsongs is syndicated to nearly 500 radio stations, a good many PBS TV stations, and it is even shown on a big movie screen once a month in New York City. The show is archived here, so you can go listen to it or watch it any time!