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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May 10, 2013

8:04 PM
Gypsy Camp/Art Stamper
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Appalachian Picking Society
Label : Windham Hill
8:10 PM
Brushy Fork of John’s Creek
Artist : Art Stamper
Album : Goodbye Girls, I'm Going To Boston
Label : County
8:15 PM
Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door
Artist : The Dreadful Snakes
Album : Snakes Alive!
Label : Rounder
8:19 PM
Miles And Miles Of Texas
Artist : Asleep At The Wheel
Album : The Very Best Of Asleep At The Wheel
Label : Madacy
8:26 PM
Down The Mountain
Artist : Robinella
Album : Solace For The Lonely
Label : Dualtone
8:29 PM
Mourning Dove
Artist : Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Deep In The Shade
Label : Rebel
8:33 PM
Artist : American Spire
Album : Prospect
Label : Green Linnet
8:39 PM
Wild Horses
Artist : Druha Trava
Album : Czechmate
Label : Compass
8:43 PM
Natural Bridge Blues/Dolly
Artist : The Pilot Mountain Bobcats
Album : Lady Of The Lake
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
8:53 PM
Artist : The Circuit Riders
Album : Let The Ride Begin
Label : Pinecastle
8:56 PM
In The Pines
Artist : Dock Walsh
Album : In The Pines - Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes
Label : Old Hat Records
9:05 PM
Minglewood Blues
Artist : Duke Street Dogs
Album : Duke Street Dogs
Label :
9:10 PM
Owensboro Train
Artist : Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson
Album : The Mandolin Chronicles
Label : Pinecastle
9:13 PM
Pastures Of Plenty
Artist : Solas
Album : Reunion
Label : Compass
9:17 PM
Tell God And The Devil
Artist : Solas
Album : Shamrock City
Label : THL Records
9:23 PM
The Monster
Artist : Kenny Roby
Album : Memories & Birds
Label : Little Criminal Records
9:30 PM
Where The Soul Never Dies
Artist : The South Carolina Broadcasters
Album : Short Time To Stay Here
Label : Flaming Heart Records
9:32 PM
The Mountain
Artist : Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band
Album : The Mountain
Composer : E-Squared
Label :
9:37 PM
John Hardy
Artist : The Williamson Brothers
Album : Bluegrass!
Label : Flatt Mountain Records
9:41 PM
Thirty Years Of Farming
Artist : James King
Album : Thirty Years Of Farming
Label : Rounder
9:49 PM
Jerusalem Ridge
Artist : Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Album : Leavin' Town
Label : Rounder
9:54 PM
Cloud Of Dust
Artist : Red June
Album : Beauty Will Come
Label : Red June Records
9:57 PM
Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy
Artist : The Monroe Brothers
Album : Are You From Dixie? - Great Country Brother Teams of The 1930's
Label : RCA
10:05 PM
The Phenom
Artist : Chuck Brodsky
Album : Subtotal Eclipse
Label :
10:10 PM
One Light Shining
Artist : Ruth Moody
Album : These Wilder Things
Label : Red House Records
10:14 PM
Scotch Bonnet
Artist : The Bills
Album : Yes Please
Label : Red House Records
10:20 PM
Land Of The Navajo
Artist : Old & In The Way
Album : Old & In The Way
Label : Rykodisc
10:26 PM
Old & Only In The Way
Artist : Charlie Poole
Album : The Legend of Charlie Poole, Vol. 3
Label : County
10:33 PM
Midnight Ride
Artist : Al Petteway & Amy White
Album : Acoustic Journey
Label : Maggie's Music
10:38 PM
Green Icy Mountain
Artist : Anna & Elizabeth
Album : Sun To Sun
Label :
10:44 PM
The Stranger
Artist : Alice Gerrard
Album : Bittersweet
Label : Spruce & Maple Music
10:50 PM
St. Anne’s Reel
Artist : Fiddle Whamdiddle
Album : Old School Old Time
Label : Owl Mountain Music
10:54 PM
Handyman Blues
Artist : Billy Bragg
Album : Tooth & Nail
Label : Cooking Vinyl
10:57 PM
High On A Mountain
Artist : Ola Belle Reed
Album : Ola Belle Reed
Label : Rounder
11:04 PM
Watermelon Man
Artist : Chris Thomas King
Album : The Soul Of Chris Thomas King - The Roots
Label : 21st Century Blues
11:11 PM
Things ’Bout Coming My Way
Artist : Alvin Youngblood Hart
Album : Big Mama's Door
Label : Okeh/550 Music
11:15 PM
Pushin’ My Luck
Artist : Robert Belfour
Album : Pushin' My Luck
Label : Fat Possum
11:21 PM
School Girl
Artist : Bobby Rush
Album : Raw
Label : Deep Rush Records
11:25 PM
Artist : Cephas & Wiggins
Album : Homemade
Label : Alligator
11:32 PM
You Got To Move
Artist : Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Album : Sacred Steel Convention
Composer :
Label : Arhoolie
11:42 PM
Mama, Where Did You Stay Last Night
Artist : Pink Anderson
Album : Carolina Blues Man
Label : Bluesville
11:46 PM
Packin’ Trunk Blues
Artist : Lead Belly
Album : King Of The 12-String Guitar
Label : Columbia/Legacy
11:51 PM
Jailhouse Blues
Artist : Chris Smither
Album : Honeysuckle Dog
Label : Okra-Tone Records
11:56 PM
Mercury Blues
Artist : K.C. Douglas
Album : Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
Label : Smithsonian Folkways


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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