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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December 14, 2012

8:05 PM
Breaking Up Christmas
Artist : Camp Creek Boys
Album : Camp Creek Boys
Label : County
8:07 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Various
Album : Celtic Christmas
Label : CMH
8:10 PM
Holiday Shuffle
Artist : Various
Album : An Americana Christmas
Label : Winter Harvest
8:14 PM
All I Can Do
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : Our Lady Of The Tall Trees
Label :
8:21 PM
Mocking Bird
Artist : Nora Jane Struthers
Album : Nora Jane Struthers
Label : Blue Pig Music
8:25 PM
Wood And Stone
Artist : Tara Nevins
Album : Wood And Stone
Label : Sugar Hill
8:30 PM
The Meaning Of Christmas
Artist : Kickin Grass Band
Album : Have A Holly Raleigh Christmas
Label : Sir Walter Records
8:33 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Martin Sexton
Album : Camp Holiday
Label : Kitchen Table Records
8:38 PM
Knob Creek
Artist : Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Nobody Knows You
Label : Rounder
8:43 PM
Help My Brother
Artist : Gibson Brothers
Album : Help My Brother
Label : Compass Records
8:46 PM
All That I Want
Artist : The Weepies
Album : Happiness
Label : www.theweepies .com
8:52 PM
The Hill Of Thieves
Artist : Cara Dillon
Album : Hill Of Thieves
Label : Proper American/Charcoal Records
8:56 PM
Carol Of The Bells
Artist : Mark O’Connor
Album : An Appalachian Christmas
Composer : OMAC Records
Label :
9:04 PM
One Rose/Hot Buttered Rum
Artist : The Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Rambler
Label : Sugar Hill
9:10 PM
Rock Of Ages - Ma’oz Tzur
Artist : Marc Cohn
Album : Festival Of Lights
Label : Six Degees
9:15 PM
Kingdom Come/Jonah & The Whale
Artist : Old Man Luedecke
Album : Tender Is The Night
Label : True North
9:19 PM
Ride The Wild Turkey
Artist : Corey Piatt
Album : Daydreams
Label : Patuxent Music
9:28 PM
On Christmas I Got Nothing
Artist : Chuck Brodsky
Album : Radio
Label : Red House
9:31 PM
Sticky Rice
Artist : Jon Stickley Trio
Album : Jon Stickley Trio
Label :
9:35 PM
Minglewood Blues
Artist : Duke Street Dogs
Album : Duke Street Dogs
Label :
9:40 PM
McMichen’s Breakdown
Artist : The Skillet-Lickers
Album : Volume 5 (1930-1934)
Label : Document
9:46 PM
Artist : The Outliers
Album : The Outliers
Label :
9:51 PM
Even Santa Claus Gets The Blues
Artist : Marty Stuart
Album : A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
Label : Lost Highway
9:55 PM
A Bluegrass Christmas
Artist : Various
Album : Christmas On The Mountain
Label : Universal South
9:57 PM
Frosty The Snowman
Artist : Flaco Jimenez w/Freddy Fender
Album : A Tejano Country Christmas
Label : Arista
10:05 PM
The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale In Six Songs
Artist : Laurelyn Dossett/Rhiannon Giddens/Mike Compton/Joe
Album : The Gathering
Label : Sycamore Road
10:29 PM
Christmas Time’s A-Coming
Artist : Jim Watson
Album : Christmas At The Cave
Label : Barker Records
10:31 PM
Hanukkah Dance
Artist : Woody Guthrie
Album : Hard Travelin':The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
10:35 PM
You And I
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : The Carpenter
Label : Island
10:39 PM
Artist : Lunasa
Album : La Nua
Label : Lunasa Records
10:45 PM
The Christians And The Pagans
Artist : Dar Williams
Album : Mortal City
Label : Razor & Tie
10:49 PM
O! Santa
Artist : Chatham County Line
Album : Oh Santa!
Label : Yep Roc
10:52 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Sam Bush
Album : Tinsel Tunes
Label : Sugar Hill
10:56 PM
What Child Is This?
Artist : Robin Bullock
Album : A Guitar For Christmas
Label : Dancing Wolf Records
11:04 PM
Artist : Lightnin’ Hopkins
Album : Jingle Blues
Label : House Of Blues
11:08 PM
Christmas Ball Blues
Artist : Leon Redbone
Album : Christmas Island
Label : Private
11:11 PM
Merry Christmas Baby
Artist : Cootie Stark
Album : Christmas With Cootie
Label : Music Maker
11:15 PM
Two Trains Running
Artist : James Cotton
Album : Deep In The Blues
Label : Verve
11:22 PM
Rollin’ And Tumblin’
Artist : Terry Garland
Album : The One To Blame
Label : Planetary
11:27 PM
Country Blues
Artist : Muddy Waters
Album : The Complete Plantation Recordings
Label : MCA/Chess
11:32 PM
Christmas Blues A’ Comin’
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Holiday Guitar
Label : Sugar Hill
11:36 PM
Merry Christmas Baby
Artist : Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen
Album : Christmas Morning
Label : Woodpecker Records
11:40 PM
Meet Me In The City
Artist : North Mississippi All Stars
Album : Instores & Outtakes
Label : Tone Cool/ATO
11:46 PM
Preachin’ Blues
Artist : Robert Johnson
Album : The Complete Recordings
Label : Columbia/Legacy
11:51 PM
Santa Claus
Artist : Sonny Boy Williamson
Album : Blue Yule
Label : Rhino
11:54 PM
Bo Weevil
Artist : Christmas Time Blues
Album : Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955
Label : Document
11:57 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : John Harbison
Album : Six String Christmas
Label : Adelphi


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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