And even though it’s been three months, the support for those who have lost everything continues.
WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour host, Michael Johnathon, put a call out over the airwaves for any all and instruments to make their way to Kentucky.
Johnathon’s goal was to deliver healing to tornado victims through music.
Bill Hudson and Al Coffey were just two of the many who answered Johnathon’s call. The pair drove more than 300 miles from Roanoke, Virginia, to Currier’s Music World in Richmond.
“What we’re doing is bringing instruments for those that have lost so much because of the tornado,” Hudson said.
They dropped off about 50 musical instruments.
Coffey added, “We’ve got two sets of drums, two accordions, three large keyboards, we have a hammered dulcimer of all things.”
It’s their way of helping the hundreds of families still picking up the pieces.
Cathy Currier, owner of Currier’s Music World, wasted no time to join in on Johnathon’s request. She’s been repairing the instruments that have been donated to make sure they’re in good shape for the families they’re going to.
“It’s scary. I mean still have occasionally have a nightmare about a tornado. I can’t imagine what those people are dealing with. It’s unreal. So, when Michael said let’s do this, I said yea it’s the least we can do,” Currier explained.
Johnathon said this is the best way musicians can help. “We can’t rewire streetlights and we can’t fix roads, but we can restore the soundtrack of western Kentucky, that front porch music.”
More than 400 instruments from Rhode Island, Virginia, and even Alaska have been donated.
Guitars, pianos, drums, violins, and dozens of wind instruments will now have a new home in western Kentucky.
Johnathon said the message is “not even a tornado can rob the joy of the human spirit especially when music and song is still alive and well.”
These instruments will be distributed to families in Dawson Springs, Mayfield, and Owensboro.
If you have instruments to donate, WoodSongs will be in the parking lot in front of Lexington’s Bryan Station Koger at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17.