Perhaps the most amazing part of WoodSongs, which attracted thousands of people through the doors of the Kentucky Theater to see the likes of Norah Jones, Judy Collins, Michael Martin Murphy, Jakob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, Wanda Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Richie Havens, JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Blind Boys of Alabama, John McEuen, Iris DeMent, The Avett Brothers, Joan Osborne and scores of others, is that it is completely volunteer run. Even the artists come free to be on the show.
“Although we will miss the Kentucky, we are looking forward the move,” says WoodSongs chief engineer Kevin Johnson. “The Lyric has newer technology the show has needed for a while. The new theatre should be less work for the crew and provide a stable technical environment for the audience and broadcast.“
WoodSongs’ move to the Lyric is considered by all involved as a positive contribution to the huge musical history of the venue. Built in the 1940s the Lyric was the only stage in the region presenting concerts by Ray Charles, Count Basie, BB King, Cab Calloway and many others.
"Woodsongs will contribute to the continued renaissance of downtown Lexington's East End." says Ed Lane, 12th District Council Member. “The program will be yet another cultural option at the historic Lyric Theater