On the record of recipients for the 2020 Governor’s Awards within the Arts from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, are two figures outstanding in our music world. Nation and bluegrass singer/songwriter Tom T. Corridor, and Michael Johnathon, host of the favored Woodsongs Outdated Time Radio Hour program, will each be offered with this award, in cooperation with The Kentucky Arts Council.
Tom T. Corridor has been a beloved performer, recording artist, and songwriter for the reason that Sixties. Since that point he’s written 12 #1 songs, together with the smash hit Harper Valley P.T.A. for Jeannie C. Riley, and his personal singles for I Love and Outdated Canines, Kids and Watermelon Wine. His songs had been at all times about he common of us, and instructed tales about life exterior the massive cities that had come to dominate American life.
Corridor additionally had the most important hit on Fox On The Run, which he recorded with a full bluegrass association. He and his spouse, the late Dixie Corridor, have written dozens of bluegrass songs and donated the royalties from them to the IBMA. Dwelling a secluded life after shedding his beloved Dixie, Tom T. is among the many most revered songwriters in Nashville.
He receives the Nationwide Award from Governor Beshear, for these Kentucky born who make their mark on a widespread foundation.
In response to the information of his being a recipient, Corridor responded…
“There’s a variety of nice artists in Kentucky, and having The Governor’s Award from the Arts Council is a particular deal with. I’m undecided each state has an arts council; however I’m not shocked as Kentucky is particular, as you understand.”
Additionally receiving a 2020 Award is Michael Johnathon, a folksinger and songwriter, who has grown his Woodsongs present right into a nationally televised program in Lexington, from its early roots as an area radio present. Every week Jonathon welcomes friends from the bluegrass, folks, previous time, and Americana scene to carry out on Woodsongs, the place he additionally interviews them about their music and profession.
Michael was deeply moved by this award.
“Of all of the honors and awards any artist can obtain, it’s the ones from the house neighborhood that imply probably the most. It’s the acceptance and encouragement of associates and neighbors which can be the gasoline for any artist, particularly now. As a result of a lot of what I do is neighborhood and volunteer-run, the award helps validate the center and spirit of so many who make creative efforts turn into actuality.”
A complete of 9 honors had been introduced for 2020:
- Milner Award – Michael Johnathon, Fayette County
- Artist Award – Silas Home, Madison County
- Enterprise Award – Tidball’s, Warren County
- Group Arts Award – Artists Collaborative Theatre, Pike County
- Schooling Award – Paducah Symphony Orchestra, McCracken County
- People Heritage Award – Shelly Zegart, Jefferson County
- Authorities Award – Metropolis of Somerset, Pulaski County
- Media Award – Al Día en América, Jefferson County
- Nationwide Award – Tom T. Corridor, native of Carter County
A private presentation from the Governor will probably be organized as quickly as COVID-19 restrictions permit.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 recipients.