Review Page for Symphony Directors; coming to Public TV & Radio Nationwide September 2019.

Watch the 4 minute presentation video below

SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA Michael Johnathon from WoodSongs in the Classroom on Vimeo.


“Songs of Rural America” booking in 2019-2022

This is a fully orchestrated concert presenting the spirit, story, tradition and songs about rural America. Turn your symphony stage into a majestic front porch … merge the massive rural audience into the classical world. Concert length is adjustable from 30 minute to 2 hours. Event includes rehearsal day prior and day of concert.

CONTACT: OVATION ARTIST GROUP attn: Jeff Roberts, (615) 991-4210 or email:


Watch the TV Special shown nationwide on RFD-TV (54M USA TV Homes)

INFORMATION, BOOKING or QUESTIONS Email: radio @ woodsongs dot com or call 859-255-5700 EST for details, or contact the OVATION ARTIST GROUP attn Jeff, Mike or Melissa (615) 991-4210 or



CHARTS, CONDUCTOR’S SCORE AND LIBRARY are available for the entire orchestra

ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS by JOSHUA CARTER & MICHAEL JOHNATHON: Joshua is a composer, orchestral arranger and songwriter. He has written arrangements for a wide range of artists including Ben Folds, Julie Roberts, Chris Young, and Maty Noyes. His arrangements have been performed by the Nashville Symphony, as well as several orchestras in Europe and Japan.


Hear the opening of the actual symphony concert performed with the Ohio Valley Symphony:


SHENANDOAH the opening overture of Songs Of Rural America …. full orchestra sample, the opening of the concert leading in the banjo composition FRONT PORCH SWING, a song that celebrates the rural spirit of home, neighbors and front porch music, performed with the Ohio Valley Symphony in Gallipolis OH

CARS …. full orchestra performance, celebrating the American automobile,

IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE …. full orchestra performance, the last song Buddy Holly recorded before getting on that plane that cold February night

NEW WOOD (Gone, Gonna Rise Again) …. full orchestra performance, written by Si Kahn in celebration of the spirit of Appalachia

VINCENT (Starry Starry Night) … full orchestra performance, the story of Van Gogh and his impact on American art is as breathtaking as the song itself