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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August 30, 2013

8:04 PM
Brother Wind
Artist : Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Album : Memories and Moments
Label : Ful Skies
8:09 PM
Tell The Ones I Love
Artist : Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Tell The Ones I Love
Label : Rounder
8:13 PM
Last Train to Clarksville
Artist : The Grascals
Album : The Famous Lefty Flynn's
Label : Rounder
8:17 PM
Artist : Leo Kottke
Album : 6- And 12-String Guitar
Label : Rhino
8:20 PM
Indian Ate A Woodpecker
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
8:24 PM
I’m Going Back to North Carolina
Artist : Frank Proffitt
Album : Frank Proffitt of Reese, NC
Label : Folk-Legacy
8:26 PM
Day Is Done
Artist : Peter, Paul & Mary
Album : (Ten) Years Together
Label : Warner Bros
8:30 PM
Sun to Sun
Artist : Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth Laprelle
Album : Sun to Sun
Label : self
8:32 PM
La Chandelle est Allumee
Artist : Balfa Toujours
Album : Live at Whiskey River Landing
Label : Rounder
8:36 PM
Artist : Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila
Album : May Monday
Label : Northside
8:44 PM
Learning The Blues
Artist : The Del McCoury Band
Album : Del and the Boys
Label : Ceili
8:49 PM
I’ve Been My Own Worst Friend
Artist : Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby
Album : Old School Songs
Label : PVC
8:52 PM
The Famous Lefty Flynn’s
Artist : The Grascals
Album : The Famous Lefty Flynn's
Label : Rounder
8:55 PM
Annabelle Lee
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Follow Me Down
Label : Sugar Hill
8:58 PM
Johnny Bucker
Artist : Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler
Album : Starry Crown
Label : Vigortone
9:04 PM
Artist : Jorma Kaukonen
Album : Quah
Label : Grunt
9:08 PM
Blue Railroad Train
Artist : Jorma Kaukonen
Album : Blue Country Heart
Label : Columbia
9:12 PM
Traveling Alone (Alt Version)
Artist : Tift Merrit
Album : Traveling Companion
Label : Yep Roc
9:18 PM
Coinleach Ghlas An Fhomair
Artist : Clannad
Album : 2
Label : Shanachie
9:24 PM
Remember Me This Way
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
9:27 PM
Blackwater Bottom
Artist : Buncombe Turnpike
Album : Road Music
Label : Biofuels
9:31 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Mollie O’Day
Album : Columbia Country Classics: Vol 1 The Golden Age
Label : Columbia
9:34 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Still Crooked
Label : Signature Sounds
9:37 PM
Wayfarin’ Stranger
Artist : Dirk Powell / Tim O’Brien / John Herrmann
Album : Songs From the Mountain
Label : Howdy Skies
9:41 PM
Run Sister Run
Artist : The Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Far North
Label : Sugar Hill
9:47 PM
Tread Softly
Artist : Grada
Album : The Landing Step
Label : Compass
9:51 PM
Lord Mayo/Lord Inchiquin
Artist : Davey Graham
Album : The Complete Guitarist
Label : Kicking Mule
9:55 PM
The Bird’s Counting Song
Artist : Elizabeth LaPrelle
Album : Bird's Advice
Label : self
9:56 PM
Old Man at the Mill
Artist : The Dillards
Album : There Is a Time
Label : Vanguard
10:04 PM
Paul and Peter Walked
Artist : Salamander Crossing
Album : Bottleneck Dreams
Label : Signature Sounds
10:07 PM
Shout in Jerusalem
Artist : Mike Seeger
Album : True Vine
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
10:11 PM
Unsung Psalm
Artist : Tracy Chapman
Album : Telling Stories
Label : Elektra
10:15 PM
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : self
10:20 PM
Click & Clack
Artist : The Shady Grove Band
Album : Out of the Blue
Label : BWR
10:22 PM
Mole’s Moan
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : Blues Songs Ballads
Label : Fantasy
10:25 PM
Grandfather’s Clock
Artist : Doc Watson Family
Album : The Doc Watson Family
Label : Sugar Hill
10:29 PM
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Artist : Tony Rice
Album : Sings Gordon Lightfoot
Label : Rounder
10:34 PM
Bony on the Isle of St. Helena
Artist : Uncle Earl
Album : Waterloo, Tennessee
Label : Rounder
10:38 PM
Train on the Island / Golden Chain Tree
Artist : Big Hoedown
Album : s/t
Label : Rounder
10:43 PM
The Last Thing On My Mind
Artist : Chesapeake
Album : Bluegrass Essentials
Label : Hip-O
10:46 PM
There Were Roses
Artist : Moloney / Keane / O’Connell
Album : There Were Roses
Label : Green Linnet
10:53 PM
Pale Blue Eyes
Artist : Joe Henry
Album : Crossing Jordon
Label : DMZ Columbia
11:04 PM
Duncan and Brady
Artist : Greg Brown & Bill Morrissey
Album : Friend of Mine
Label : Philo
11:06 PM
Tom Cat Blues
Artist : Jorma Kaukonen
Album : Blue Country Heart
Label : Columbia
11:09 PM
You Don’t Know My Mind
Artist : Guy Davis
Album : You Don't Know My Mind
Label : Red House
11:12 PM
Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor
Artist : Mississippi John Hurt
Album : Mississippi Blues
Label : Putumayo
11:17 PM
Washington Blues
Artist : Elizabeth Cotten
Album : Shake Sugaree
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:21 PM
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : The Freewheelin'
Label : Columbia
11:25 PM
Cowboy Waltz
Artist : Woody Gutherie
Album : Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings Vol 4
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:27 PM
Frisco Town
Artist : Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe
Album : Frank Stokes' Dream: The Memphis Blues 1927-1931
Label : Yazoo
11:29 PM
Hit Em Up Style
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Genuine Negro Jig
Label : Nonesuch
11:33 PM
Oh Oh Lonesome
Artist : Six Cylinder Smith
Album : Don't Leave Me Here: The Blues of Texas, Arkansas & Louisiana: 1927-1932
Label : Yazoo
11:36 PM
Three Hours
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Troubadours of British Folk Vol 2
Label : Rhino
11:43 PM
Weeping Willow
Artist : Stefan Grossman
Album : Country Blues Guitar
Label : self
11:47 PM
South Central Rain
Artist : Hem
Album : No Word From Tom
Label : Nettwerk
11:50 PM
Corrine, Corrina
Artist : Piano Red
Album : Atlanta Bounce
Label : Arhoolie
11:53 PM
San Francisco Bay Blues
Artist : Richie Havens
Album : Resume
Label : Rhino
11:56 PM
San Francisco Bay Blues
Artist : Jesse Fuller
Album : Frisco Bound
Label : Arhoolie


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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