Back Porch Music Saturday

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Freddy Jenkins hosts the Saturday edition of Back Porch Music.  Folk, blues, bluegrass, and more.

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February 16, 2013

8:05 PM
Maybe The Last Time
Artist : The Reeltime Travelers
Album : Livin' Reeltime, Thinkin' Old-Time
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
8:10 PM
A Short Life Of Trouble
Artist : Dave Alvin
Album : Public Domain
Label : Hightone
8:14 PM
Short Life Of Trouble
Artist : Grayson & Whitter
Album : Volume 2 (1928-1929)
Label : Document
8:17 PM
Walk The Way The Wind Blows
Artist : Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam
Album : Casey's Fair
Label : Sweet Acoustic Music
8:21 PM
Cry No Mississippi
Artist : The Steeldrivers
Album : Hammer Down
Label : Rounder
8:25 PM
Bluegrass In The Backwoods
Artist : Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Album : Backwoods
Label :
8:33 PM
Artist : The Gravy Boys
Album : Crackerjack Whistle
Label :
8:37 PM
Artist : Mac Benford & The Woodshed All-Stars
Album : Willow
Label : Rounder
8:42 PM
Just Because
Artist : Jorma Kaukonen
Album : Blue Country Heart
Label : Columbia
8:46 PM
Just Because
Artist : The Lone Star Cowboys
Album : Are You From Dixie? Great Country Brother Teams Of The 1930s
Label : RCA
8:51 PM
Artist : Evie Ladin Band
Album : Evie Ladin Band
Label : Evil Diane Music
8:55 PM
James River Blues
Artist : Old Crow Medicine Show
Album : Big Iron World
Label : Nettwerk
8:58 PM
Rymer’s Favorite
Artist : Rafe Stefanini
Album : Bluegrass Meadows
Label : 5-String Productions
9:05 PM
Lafferty’s/Crock Of Gold/Lady Birr/Abbey Reel
Artist : Lunasa
Album : Otherworld
Label : Green Linnet
9:10 PM
Tom Joad
Artist : Dick Gaughan
Album : Outlaws & Dreamers
Label : Appleseed
9:15 PM
Ring The Bell
Artist : The Gibson Brothers
Album : Ring The Bell
Label : Compass
9:21 PM
Crossing The Cumberlands
Artist : Peter Ostroushko
Album : The Mando Chronicles
Label : Red House
9:26 PM
Crossing The Cumberlands
Artist : Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Album : American Traveler
Label : County/Universal
9:30 PM
I Can’t Stand It
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time Records
9:34 PM
Artist : The Be Good Tanyas
Album : Chinatown
Label : Nettwerk
9:39 PM
With A Memory Like Mine
Artist : The John Cowan Band
Album : New Tattoo
Label : Pinecastle
9:44 PM
Long Time Gone
Artist : Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Album : We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
Label : Full Light Records
9:50 PM
Abigail Judge
Artist : Robin Bullock
Album : Majesty and Magic
Label : Dancing Wolf Records
9:55 PM
Saving The Good Stuff For You
Artist : Richard Thompson
Album : Electric
Label : New West Records
10:05 PM
Make It Out West
Artist : The Greencards
Album : The Brick Album
Label : Darling Street Records
10:10 PM
Walk With Me
Artist : The Kickin Grass Band
Album : Walk With Me
Label : Superfan Records
10:13 PM
Green Mountains and Me
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
Label : Music Road Records
10:19 PM
East Virginia Blues
Artist : The Stanley Brothers
Album : An Evening Long Ago
Label : Columbia/DMZ/Legacy
10:23 PM
Transcendental Reunion
Artist : Mary Chapin Carpenter
Album : Ashes and Roses
Label : ZOE
10:28 PM
(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
Artist : Shawn Colvin
Album : Cover Girl
Composer : Columbia
Label :
10:33 PM
Bessie’s Blues
Artist : Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Album : From Bamako To Carencro
Label : Compass
10:35 PM
Ordinary Cats
Artist : Jon Shain
Album : Ordinary Cats
Label : Flyin' Records
10:40 PM
Wild And Lonesome
Artist : Shooter Jennings
Album : The Other Life
Label : Black Country Rock/E One
10:46 PM
World Of Wonders
Artist : Bruce Cockburn
Album : Slice O Life
Label : Rounder
10:52 PM
Field Song
Artist : Michael Rank and Stag
Album : In The Weeds
Composer : Louds Hymn
Label :
10:55 PM
The King’s Shilling
Artist : Mick McAuley/Winifred Horan/Colm O Caoimh
Album : Sailing Back To You
Label :
11:05 PM
I Will Turn Your Money Green
Artist : Jerry Ricks
Album : Many Miles Of Blues
Label : Rooster Blues
11:09 PM
It Serves You Right To Suffer
Artist : John Lee Hooker
Album : It Serves You Right To Suffer
Label : Impulse
11:14 PM
Watermelon Man
Artist : Chris Thomas King
Album : The Legend Of Tommy Johnson
Label : 21st Century Blues
11:22 PM
Down The Dirt Road Blues
Artist : Charley Patton
Album : Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds Of Charley Patton
Label : Revenant
11:25 PM
Mr. Downchild
Artist : Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters with Robert Jr. Lockwood
Album : Surrounded By Love
Label : Black Top
11:31 PM
Ventilator Blues
Artist : Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Album : Paint It Blue - Songs Of The Rolling Stones
Label : House Of Blues
11:37 PM
Worried Blues
Artist : Skip James
Album : Devil Got My Woman
Label : Vanguard
11:43 PM
You Better Lie Down
Artist : Scott Ainslie
Album : You Better Lie Down
Label : Cattail
11:47 PM
When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too)
Artist : Bill Broonzy
Album : Trouble In Mind
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:52 PM
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
Artist : Catfish Keith
Album : A True Friend Is Hard To Find: A Gospel Retrospective
Label : Fish Tail Records
11:55 PM
Yo Yo 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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