Folksinger Michael Johnathon along with his faithful worldwide WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour community have announced distribution dates of March 18 & 19 in Western Kentucky for the WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort (WoodSongs.com/Tornado). The program was called-into-action by Johnathon on December 14th in a YouTube video where he called upon anyone anywhere to donate musical instruments to replace those lost during the tornadoes throughout regions surrounding Western Kentucky. The program has collected and restored nearly 1000 instruments which will be given out for FREE to anyone from anywhere who lost an instrument during the December tornados.
Free Instrument Pickup Date & Locations For Tornado Victims:
Friday, March 18 from 5 - 8pm:
Graves County Public Library
601 N 17th Street
Mayfield, KY 42066
Saturday, March 19 from 12 noon-4pm:
West Dawson Music Venue
3420 Huddleston Loop Rd
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Saturday, March 19 from 6 - 8pm:
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum
311 W. Second St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
*Priority will be given to those with a FEMA or RED CROSS card, but nobody will be turned away while supplies last.
Several music stores across four states volunteered and became drop-off points for the general public, including Currier’s Music World in Richmond, Kentucky, The Mandolin Store in Nashville, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Mom’s Music in Louisville, Musician’s Pro Music Store in Bowling Green, Maxwell’s House of Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and at House of Musical Traditions in metro Washington D.C. have since collected more than 800 donated instruments from guitars, to banjos, to pianos and drum kits. Some donations came in as far away as England.
WoodSongs Tornado Relief Effort is organized by WoodSongs Inc, a 501c(3) non-profit association based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Anyone can receive an instrument, while supplies last. Visit WoodSongs.com/tornado and fill out the request form so the volunteers can keep track of what is needed and where.
“I believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, it drives everything we do, everything we create and everything we feel,” Johnathon said. “This is a time to put our politics, opinions and divisions aside and be loving neighbors to those in real, actual need. Let’s not underestimate the comfort music and art can bring to families and neighbors in a time of great loss.”