Folk Singer-Songwriter Michael Johnathon to Perform in “Folk Coffee House”

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Folk singer-songwriter Michael Johnathon, host of the “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour” will be performing a memorable evening of folk music in Southeast Public Radio’s Folk Coffee House on July 6.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 1, 2006 — Southeast Public Radio and AT&T are proud to welcome folk singer-songwriter Michael Johnathon to Cape Girardeau July 6 for a memorable evening of folk music in Southeast Public Radio’s Folk Coffee House.

Johnathon is the host of the “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour,” heard Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. on KRCU and KSEF. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Grace Café in Cape Girardeau.

Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer and author who has a worldwide radio audience approaching a million listeners each week. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly series broadcast on the Internet.

This “Woody Guthrie in a Cyber World” grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, and found a job working as a late night DJ on KLAR-FM. One night, he played “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the 60s folkrock group The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing Pete Seeger and Harry Chapin performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song ended, he decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.

Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Ky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people. Michael experienced hundreds of front porch hootenannies throughout Appalachia where folks would pull out their banjos and fiddles, sit on their front porches with him and play the old songs that their grandparents taught them.

Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools and fairs. He performed 2,000 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, the Bravo Movie Channel and the BBC.

Michael’s seventh album, “HomeStead,” was released in 2004 with Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Cleveland, John Cowan and banjo master JD Crowe helping out. His live CD was released in 2005, recorded with friends like Sweet Honey In The Rock and others.

His latest project is the performance theatre script for “WALDEN: The Ballad of Thoreau.” It is a two-act, one set, four character play about the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin at Walden Pond.

Tickets are $10 in advance at the Southeast Public Radio studios or $15 at the door. This concert is made possible with the generous support of AT&T. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Southeast Public Radio at (573) 651-5070 or toll-free at (888) 651-5070.

KRCU 90.9 FM and KSEF 88.9 FM are affiliates of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio recently celebrated 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information can found at http://www.southeastpublicradio.org or by contacting Southeast Public Radio at (573) 651-5070.