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 21, 2012

8:05 PM
Christmas Time’s A-Coming
Artist : Bill Monroe
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
8:07 PM
Shotgun Shells On A Christmas Tree
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : The First Christmas Gift
Label : Red House Records
8:11 PM
The Christmas Yodel
Artist : Riders In The Sky
Album : Christmas The Cowboy Way
Label : Rounder
8:14 PM
Christmas In The Ashram
Artist : Chris Rosser
Album : The Holy Fool
Label : ISG
8:19 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Various
Album : Celtic Christmas
Label : CMH
8:22 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Martin Sexton
Album : Camp Holiday
Label : Kitchen Table Records
8:27 PM
On Christmas I Got Nothing
Artist : Chuck Brodsky
Album : Radio
Label : Red House
8:31 PM
What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
Artist : Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone & Al Petteway
Album : A Scottish Christmas
Label : Maggie's Music
8:37 PM
Carol Of The Kings
Artist : Alison Brown Quartet
Album : A Winter's Eve: Acoustic Music For The Winter Season
Label : Compass
8:41 PM
Snoopy’s Christmas
Artist : Nothin’ Fancy
Album : A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'
Label : Pinecastle
8:44 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Earl Scruggs
Album : A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
Label : Lost Highway
8:52 PM
A Bluegrass Christmas
Artist : Various
Album : Christmas On The Mountain
Label : Universal South
8:54 PM
Christmas Eve
Artist : Joe Newberry
Album : Two Hands
Label : 5-String Productions
8:58 PM
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Danny Gotham & Barb Heller
Album : All Through The Night
Label : nuffsaid records
9:04 PM
Jerry Douglas
Artist : God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Album : Jerry Christmas
Label : KOCH
9:08 PM
Through The Bitter Frost And Snow
Artist : Susan McKeown & Lindsey Horner
Album : Through The Bitter Frost And Snow
Label : Prime CD
9:12 PM
One Winter’s Night
Artist : Mark O’Connor
Album : An Appalachian Christmas
Label : OMAC Records
9:16 PM
Angels We Have Heard On High
Artist : Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
Album : A Winter's Solstice IV
Label : Windham Hill
9:24 PM
Christmas Time’s A-Coming
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : O Christmas Tree - A Bluegrass Collection For The
Label : Rounder
9:26 PM
The Meaning Of Christmas
Artist : Kickin Grass Band
Album : Have A Holly Raleigh Christmas
Label : Sir Walter Records
9:31 PM
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
Artist : Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : Christmas Time Back Home
Label : Rebel
9:35 PM
It Really Is A Wonderful Life
Artist : Indigo Girls
Album : Holly Happy Days
Label : IG Recordings/Vanguard
9:38 PM
You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Holiday Sampler
Label : Philo
9:42 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : John Cowan
Album : Comfort & Joy
Label : KOCH
9:45 PM
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : While Mortals Sleep
Label : Pure Records
9:51 PM
Deck The Halls
Artist : Robin Bullock
Album : A Guitar For Christmas
Label : Dancing Wolf Records
9:54 PM
Christmas Time On Chestnut Street
Artist : David Robert
Album : Christmas Time On Chestnut Street
Label : Moonlight Records
10:04 PM
Suddenly It’s Christmas
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : Career Moves
Label : Virgin
10:07 PM
The Christians And The Pagans
Artist : Dar Williams
Album : Mortal City
Label : Razor & Tie
10:10 PM
Christmas Carol Waltz
Artist : Moses Kahumoku
Album : Kihoalu Christmas - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Label : Dancing Cat Records
10:13 PM
Carol Of The Bells
Artist : Chambergrass
Album : Dueling Bells
Label :
10:15 PM
The Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Cherish The Ladies
Album : On Christmas Night
Label : Rounder
10:19 PM
Christmas In The Trenches
Artist : John McCutcheon
Album : Winter Solstice
Label : Rounder
10:27 PM
That White Christmas Song
Artist : Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Album : Sugar Plums
Label : Sugar Hill
10:30 PM
Banjo Cheer
Artist : Tony Trischka
Album : Glory Shone Around
Label : Rounder
10:34 PM
How Like The Holly
Artist : Joel Mabus
Album : How Like The Holly
Label : Fossil Records
10:37 PM
A John Prine Christmas
Artist : John Prine
Album : A John Prine Christmas
Label : Oh Boy Records
10:42 PM
Artist : Joni Michell
Album : Blue
Label : Reprise
10:50 PM
Must Be Santa
Artist : Brave Combo
Album : It's Christmas, Man!
Label : Rounder
10:53 PM
Frosty The Snowman
Artist : Flaco Jimenez with Freddy Fender
Album : A Tejano Country Christmas
Label : Arista
10:55 PM
Christmas Wish
Artist : NRBQ
Album : Christmas Wish
Label : Rounder
11:04 PM
Christmas Blues A’ Comin’
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Holiday Guitar
Label : Sugar Hill
11:08 PM
Even Santa Claus Gets The Blues
Artist : Marty Stuart
Album : A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
Label : Lost Highway
11:12 PM
Blues For Christmas
Artist : John Lee Hooker
Album : Blue Yule
Label : Rhino
11:15 PM
Christmas Morning Blues
Artist : Sonny Boy Williamson
Album : Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955
Label : Document
11:21 PM
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Artist : Keb’ Mo’
Album : A Little Mo'
Label : Okeh/Epic
11:24 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Black Ace
Album : Black Ace
Label : Arhoolie
11:27 PM
Lonesome Christmas Blues
Artist : Blind Blake
Album : Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1929-1932)
Label : Document
11:33 PM
At The Christmas Ball
Artist : Bessie Smith
Album : Jingle Blues
Label : House Of Blues
11:37 PM
At The Christmas Ball
Artist : Geoff Muldaur
Album : Password
Label : Hightone
11:40 PM
Christmas Eve Blues
Artist : Bukka White
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis, Vol. II
Label : Arhoolie
11:45 PM
Christmas Man Blues
Artist : Bertha "Chippie" Hill
Album : Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1925-1929)
Label : Document
11:51 PM
Merry Christmas Baby
Artist : Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen
Album : Christmas Morning
Label : Woodpecker Records
11:55 PM
Merry Christmas
Artist : Lightnin’ Hopkins
Album : Blue Yule
Label : Rhino
11:57 PM
Christmas Is A-Coming
Artist : Lead Belly
Album : Sings For Children
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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