Buffalo Trace Distillery announces a partnership with Michael Johnathon’s “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” to celebrate Kentucky Music by bringing two Kentucky favorites together for a double-broadcast production on June 23.
Singers Bobby Osborne, most known for “Rocky Top,” and Joan Osborne, best known for her international hit single “One of Us” will both perform live in two separate shows on the grounds of Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Tickets (one ticket to attend both tapings) are available now for $25 and can be purchased at all area Liquor Barn locations, or at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Visitor Center, or online at www.buffalotracedistillery.com/woodsongs. WoodSongs Partners will get priority seating.
Food and drink will be sold on the Distillery grounds. Parking is free. No coolers are allowed but guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the audience must be seated by 5:45 p.m.
The first broadcast taping will feature Kentucky-born bluegrass legend Osborne, who is celebrating 60 years of performing bluegrass music around the world.
Born in Leslie County, Bobby was a pioneer in conceiving the now popular “high lead” vocal trio concept. He has released numerous recordings since the 1950s. The Osborne Brothers’ recordings of “Rocky Top” and “Kentucky” were named official state songs of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. Bobby will be performing song tunes from his new album, “New Bluegrass and Old Heartaches.”
The second taping that evening will feature the powerful pop vocals of Joan Osborne, also Kentucky born (no relation to Bobby). Joan is a six-time Grammy nominee who had a worldwide hit several years ago called “One of Us.”
She is from Anchorage and is looking forward to bringing her musical style of R&B and soul songs back to her home state with the release of her seventh album, “Bring It On Home.”
Folksinger Michael Johnathon started the all-volunteer WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour 11 years ago as a way to celebrate grassroots music on a global level. The show airs locally on WEKU, WUKY, KET, and Insight Communications.
The also airs on 507 radio stations around the world, the American Forces Radio Network (173 nations and every military base and US Naval ship at sea) public television coast-to-coast, online and the new Bluehighways TV Network nationally.
Artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Nora Jones, Brandi Carlisle, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more all travel to downtown Lexington to be part of the production that occurs most Monday evenings at the Kentucky Theater. The show’s website is www.WoodSongs.com.