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AAFFM Presents: Michael Jonathan, and Blackfoot Daisy
September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
Folksinger Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in the arts as a songwriter, musician, author, playwright, composer of the opera Woody: For the People, and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour. The show has a radio audience of more than two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations, and now Friday evenings on RFD-TV.
Michael helped organize the national WoodSongs Front Porch Association to help organize rural and community music and a massive educational program. Members of the WFPA are called “SongFarmers.” His 14th album release, MoonFire, comes on the heels of Mousie HiWay: The Adventures of Banjo Mouse in Appalachia, his fully illustrated book that introduces bluegrass music to kids. The MoonFire CD is a 23-song album in honor of the banjo.
Michael released three new projects this year: the CD Dazed & Confuzed, the book WoodSongs 4 and the orchestrated concert tour Songs of Rural America.
In addition to his albums, books, concerts and other projects, the Martin Guitar Company introduced the Michael Johnathon signature model 0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar.
Michael lives in a log cabin on a hill surrounded by meadows, streams and woods outside of Lexington, Kentucky.
Blackfoot Daisy is a popular local trio comprised of Don Sechelski, Jim Kirkland, Wendy DuMond. They write and perform songs about love, loss, family, horses, dogs, and “things we have yet to ask for forgiveness for.” By day Don is an educator, and Wendy works for a law firm. Don and Wendy met on a songwriter website message board and started writing songs together. Jim Kirkland rounded out the trio with his jazzy multi-instrumentalism, and the result is Blackfoot Daisy.
Blackfoot Daisy formed in 2012 when long-time collaborators and songwriters Wendy and Don decided to begin performing together on a regular basis. Don spent most of his early childhood in Texas and Wendy hails from Montana but grew up in Oklahoma. They chose to name the band after a deer, drought, and pest-resistant prairie flower.
Don is a 30-plus year native of the Atlanta music scene and has also worked as a studio musician. Don has been a regular on the Atlanta coffeehouse/acoustic music scene since the old Freight Room days. He has played venues such as the Dogwood Festival, Hungry Ear Coffeehouse, Lena’s Place and many more.
Wendy began writing songs and performing in 2009. She released a solo EP in 2012. Wendy’s songs have been featured on the Women of Substance radio podcast. Her song Catching Fireflies was used as music for a book trailer to promote All Bears Need Love, a children’s book about interracial adoption.
Blackfoot Daisy has played Smith’s Old Bar, Steve’s Live Music, the Red Light Café and many other local Atlanta live music venues. The band has opened for Nashville songwriter Kurt Fortmeyer, The Rosin Sisters, Copper into Steel, Vientos Del Pueblo, and Little Country Giants, to name a few. They have also performed at Snellville Days, the Chastain Park Arts Festival, the Duluth Fall Festival, the Little 5 Arts Alive Concert series, and Oakhurst Porchfest.
The band released a three-song EP in 2015 and is currently working on a full-length album.