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WDVX Blue Plate Special welcomes folksinger/songwriter Michael Johnathon

KNOXVILLE - WDVX Blue Plate Special live performance radio broadcast welcomes Michael Johnathon on Friday, April 11. The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It’s free and open to an audience of all ages! Hosted weekdays by Red Hickey, the WDVX Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world. Can’t make it down for a show? Listen live online If you’re in town, bring your lunch and join the live performance for real, live music in beautiful downtown Knoxville.

Michael Johnathon is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world's first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Michael is also a playwright ... his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages. He wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 - the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.”

His new CD is Front Porch and he is working on a new CD of live tracks to be ready late spring 2014.

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects.

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. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an "UnSung Hero." He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

Published March 25, 2014

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