Back Porch Music Friday

Fri 8p-12M

Freddy Jenkins presents a smart variety of the best folk, blues, bluegrass, singer-songwriter and other acoustic based music. 

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January 11, 2013

8:04 PM
Natural Bridge Blues
Artist : The Pilot Mountain Bobcats
Album : Lady Of The Lake
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
8:08 PM
Artist : The Greasy Beans
Album : Real Live Music
Label : Double Ought Records
8:11 PM
Artist : Bob Carlin
Album : Mr. Spaceman
Label : CarTunes
8:16 PM
Artist : Town Mountain
Album : Leave The Bottle
Label : Pinecastle
8:22 PM
Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin
Artist : Kate MacLeod & Kat Eggleston
Album : Lost and Found
Label : Waterbug
8:27 PM
Artist : Lucy Kaplansky
Album : Reunion
Label : Red House Records
8:33 PM
Cherokee Shuffle
Artist : Josh Williams
Album : Down Home
Label : Pinecastle
8:36 PM
In The Ocean
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs From My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : StorySound
8:41 PM
Single Girl
Artist : Alex De Grassi
Album : Now And Then
Label : Tropo Records
8:45 PM
Single Girl, Married Girl
Artist : The Carter Family
Album : In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain
Label : Bear Family
8:50 PM
Carolina Song
Artist : Andy Thorn & Friends
Album : Fire In The Sky
Label : Self-released
8:54 PM
Got The Farm Land Blues
Artist : Carolina Tar Heels
Album : Anthology Of American Folk Music
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
8:58 PM
John Henry
Artist : Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
Album : Fine Times At Our House
Label : Ubiquitone
9:04 PM
The Hill Of Thieves
Artist : Cara Dillon
Album : Hill Of Thieves
Label : Charcoal/Proper American
9:09 PM
Some Early Morning
Artist : Dan Tyminski
Album : Wheels
Label : Rounder
9:13 PM
Scat Reel Set
Artist : Molasses Creek
Album : An Island Out Of Time
Label : Soundside
9:20 PM
Natural Disaster
Artist : Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Nobody Knows You
Label : Rounder 3
9:24 PM
In Another World
Artist : Donna The Buffalo
Album : Positive Friction
Label : Sugar Hill
9:32 PM
John Riley
Artist : The Paul McKenna Band
Album : Stem The Tide
Label : Mad River Records
9:36 PM
Get Right Church
Artist : Martha Scanlan
Album : The West Was Burning
Label : Sugar Hill
9:40 PM
Trippin’ In Eden & The Mason’s Men
Artist : John Williams & Dean Magraw
Album : Raven
Label : Compass
9:46 PM
The Rambler’s Blues
Artist : The Stanley Brothers
Album : Earliest Recordings: The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s
Label : Revenant
9:51 PM
Little Maggie
Artist : Mike Seeger & Paul Brown
Album : Way Down In North Carolina
Label : Rounder
9:55 PM
The Place I Left Behind
Artist : The Deep Dark Woods
Album : The Place I Left Behind
Label : Sugar Hill
10:04 PM
Tear My Stillhouse Down
Artist : Salamander Crossing
Album : Henry Street - A Retrospective
Label : Signature Sound
10:08 PM
Artist : The Circuit Riders
Album : Let The Ride Begin
Label : Pinecastle
10:11 PM
Omie Wise
Artist : Grayson & Whitter
Album : Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1: 1927-1928
Label : Document
10:15 PM
Tight To The Jar
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Tunesmith Retrofit
Label : Rounder
10:22 PM
All I Can Do
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : Our Lady Of The Tall Trees
Label :
10:26 PM
The South Carolina Broadcasters
Artist : Roustabout
Album : Can You Hear Me Now
Label : Flaming Heart Records
10:32 PM
Pipe Major George Allan Set
Artist : The Tannahill Weavers
Album : Live & In Session
Label : Compass5
10:38 PM
Herald Of Spring/Civil War March
Artist : Peter Ostroushko
Album : The Mando Chronicles
Label : Red House
10:43 PM
There Is A Time
Artist : The Dillards
Album : There Is A Time (1963-1970)
Label : Vanguard
10:46 PM
Tell God And The Devil
Artist : Solas
Album : Shamrock City
Label :
10:52 PM
Hills & Hollers
Artist : Adrienne Young & Little Sadie
Album : The Art Of Virtue
Label : Addiebelle Music
10:57 PM
No One Can Live Forever
Artist : The Kickin Grass Band
Album : Walk With Me
Label : Superfan Records
11:04 PM
Dough Roller
Artist : Steve James
Album : Short Blue Stories
Label : Hobemian Records
11:08 PM
Good Thing Blues
Artist : Dr. Ross
Album : Boogie Disease
Label : Arhoolie
11:13 PM
Crying Won’t Help You
Artist : Joe Louis Walker
Album : Silvertone Blues
Label : B lue Thumb
11:18 PM
Blues From The Bottom
Artist : Sonny Terry
Album : Sonny Is King
Label : Prestige/Bluesville/OBC
11:24 PM
Broken Levee Blues
Artist : Scott Ainslie
Album : You Better Lie Down
Label : Cattail Music
11:29 PM
Bottleneck Blues
Artist : Sylvester Weaver
Album : Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1927)
Label : Document
11:33 PM
Boll Weevil
Artist : Pink Anderson
Album : Classic African-American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:36 PM
Wing and a Prayer
Artist : Catfish Keith
Album : A True Friend Is Hard To Find - A Gospel Retrospective
Label : Fish Tail
11:41 PM
Two Trains Runnin’
Artist : James Cotton
Album : Deep In The Blues
Label : Verve
11:46 PM
Atlanta Strut
Artist : Blind Willie McTell
Album : Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1927-1931)
Label : Document
11:51 PM
Frankie & Albert
Artist : Taj Mahal
Album : In Progess & In Motion (1965-1998)
Label : Columbia/Legacy
11:55 PM
Lone Wolf Blues
Artist : Tom Feldmann
Album : Lone Wolf Blues
Label : Magnolia Recording Company


WUNC Updates
3:28 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

An Evening Of Bluegrass Live From Raleigh

Doyle Lawson (holding mandolin, left center) and Quicksilver
Keith Weston WUNC

Last night a few hours after the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences had closed for the evening, a series of banjos, fiddles and mandolins paraded past the smiling security officers into an area set aside as a sort of "green room." Musicians from the World of Bluegrass festival put on by the IBMA dropped by WUNC's newly opened studios in the museum for an evening of pickin' and singin'.

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WUNC Updates
10:06 am
Tue September 24, 2013

WUNC Coverage Of "World Of Bluegrass" In Raleigh

IBMA World of Bluegrass is September 24-28 in Raleigh.
Credit IBMA

The number of banjos, mandolins and fiddles has skyrocketed in Raleigh this week as the IBMA bluegrass conference and musical event comes to town. 

The "World of Bluegrass" is an annual business conference, awards show, and multi-day concert series put on by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Raleigh hosts this year's event, and will be the host city through 2015. Last year's gathering in Nashville drew more than 13,000 attendees.

WUNC Updates During IBMA

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The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
Credit / flickr

In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

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WUNC Updates
10:08 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan & Dave Alvin At Next BPM Concert

Dave Alvin
Beth Herzhaft Yep Roc

Friday night WUNC, Yep Roc Records, and American Tobacco present the next Back Porch Music Center Stage Concert at Diamond View Park in Durham.  The free event starts at 6 p.m. and runs for three hours with music from The Aoife O'Donovan Band and Dave Alvin with the Guilty Ones. Both performers record for Yep Roc Records based in  Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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WUNC Updates
2:14 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Bluegrass Broadcast From IBMA On WUNC

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will perform live on WUNC during the IBMA in Raleigh.
Credit Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Update: Hear the broadcast Wednesday night, September 25, 8-10 p.m. on WUNC and WAMU Bluegrass Country.

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu August 15, 2013

N.C. Musicians Among This Year's Bluegrass Award Nominees

North Carolina-based Balsam Range raked in the second-most nominations for IBMA Awards Wednesday night.
Credit Balsam Range

The International Bluegrass Music Association's 2013 award ceremony isn't coming to Raleigh until mid-September, but the excitement has already made it to town. Fans gathered at three viewing parties Wednesday night for live announcements of the IMBA Award nominees. 

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8:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

What Ricky Skaggs Considers Music To His Ears

Ricky Skaggs recently spoke with WUNC's Eric Hodge about his new album, 'Music to My Ears.'
Credit Rex Hammock / Flickr Creative Commons

Ricky Skaggs is a musical icon in the state of North Carolina.  He's won multiple Grammys in country music and bluegrass.  He began his career with a TV appearance as a seven-year-old playing with Flatt and Scruggs.  He moved onto Ralph Stanley's band as a teenager before working with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and many others.  He's widely considered to be one of the finest singers and players ever to pick up a banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Tom Dooley sign as seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Credit Jan Kronsell, 2002 / Wikipedia, Wikicommons

On June 18, 1866, the body of 21-year-old Laura Foster was found in a shallow grave in Wilkes County, NC. Thomas C. Dula (Tom Dooley), a veteran of the Civil War, was tried, convicted and hanged on May 1, 1868, in Statesville, NC, for the murder.  Dula had fled to Tennessee before the discovery of the body.

Controversy surrounded the trial and conviction. The trial was covered widely in national papers including The New York Times. Dula is reported to have said on the gallows, “Gentlemen, do you see this hand? I didn’t harm a hair on the girl’s head.” 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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Back Porch Music
1:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Four Concerts Scheduled In Expanded, Larger Back Porch Music Series In Durham

Credit American Tobacco / American Tobacco

The Celtic powerhouse band Solas will kick off the 2013 Back Porch Music concert series in Durham.  Bluegrass, local blues, and much more will be a part of the four Back Porch concerts scheduled between May and October.

The crowds at the annual Back Porch Music concerts On The Lawn at American Tobacco Campus in Durham have grown so much that "the lawn" can no longer contain the anticipated numbers. This spring and summer  the concerts will be in a much bigger space and have a more festival like feel.

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