Back Porch Music Saturday

Sat 8p-Mid

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

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March 02, 2013

8:04 PM
Mocking Bird
Artist : Nora Jane Struthers
Album : Nora Jane Struthers
Label : Blue Pig Music
8:08 PM
Worried Man Blues
Artist : Ralph Stanley
Album : A Distant Land To Roam
Label : Columbia/Legacy
8:12 PM
Sandy Ford (Barbara Lee)
Artist : Jim Lauderdale
Album : Headed For The Hills
Label : Dualtone
8:17 PM
Ragged But Right
Artist : Erynn Marshall
Album : Tune Tramp
Label : Hickoryjack Records
8:23 PM
American Tune/Spain
Artist : Jerry Douglas
Album : Traveler
Label : E One
8:28 PM
Playing Of Ball
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : Little Lights
Label : Compass
8:32 PM
I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up
Artist : Charlie Sizemore
Album : Good News
Label : Rounder
8:35 PM
Away Out On The Mountain
Artist : Jimmie Rodgers
Album : First Sessions
Label : Rounder
8:38 PM
McGreevey’s/The Broken Pledge/Traveler’s
Artist : Joseph Sobol
Album : Citternity
Label : Kiltartan Road Records
8:42 PM
The Water Is Wide
Artist : John Doan/Brian Keane
Album : Song Of The Hills
Label : Shanachie
8:50 PM
Afro Blue
Artist : Phillips, Grier & Flinner
Album : Looking Back
Label : Compass
8:55 PM
My Name Is John Johanna
Artist : Kelly Harrell
Album : Hard Times In The Country
Label : County
9:04 PM
Pony Boy/Never Tire Of The Road
Artist : Mozaik
Album : Live From The Powerhouse
Label : Compass
9:11 PM
Hills Of Mexico
Artist : Gob Iron
Album : Death Songs For The Living
Label : Transmit Sound/Legacy
9:16 PM
East Virginia Blues
Artist : The South Carolina Broadcasters
Album : Short Time To Stay Here
Label : Flaming Heart Records
9:24 PM
Hungry Heart
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time Records
9:26 PM
Hole In Your Halo
Artist : Ana Egge
Album : Bad Blood
Composer : Ammal Records
Label :
9:31 PM
Taylor John
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Sky Like A Broken Clock
Composer :
Label : Rykodisc
9:36 PM
The Low Highway
Artist : Steve Earle and The Dukes (and Duchesses)
Album : The Low Highway
Label : New West
9:40 PM
The Curious Beetle Medley
Artist : Jeremy Kittel
Album : Chasing Sparks
Label : Compass
9:49 PM
Mama Don’t Cry
Artist : I Draw Slow
Album : Redhills
Label : Pinecastle
9:53 PM
She Moved Through The Fair
Artist : Bert Jansch
Album : Toy Balloon
Label : Cooking Vinyl
10:04 PM
Whipping Post
Artist : Various
Album : Pickin' On The Allman Brothers
Label : CMH
10:11 PM
Don’t Knock
Artist : Mavis Staples
Album : You Are Not Alone
Label : ANTI
10:13 PM
Raleigh And Spencer
Artist : Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
Album : Live
Label :
10:19 PM
I’m Getting Ready To Go
Artist : Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry
Album : You've Been A Friend To Me
Label : Barker Records
10:22 PM
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Artist : Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Album : We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
Label : Full Light Records
10:29 PM
Bluegrass In The Backwoods
Artist : South Austin String Band
Album : Dark And Weary World
Label : Blue Corn Music
10:34 PM
Darlin’ Corey
Artist : Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
Album : Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
Label : KOCH
10:39 PM
Introduction/Ashokan Farewell
Artist : Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band
Album : A Fiddler's Holiday
Label : Rounder
10:47 PM
The Tree Of Leaf And Fire
Artist : Druha Trava & Peter Rowan
Album : New Freedom Bell
Label : Compass
10:52 PM
Field Song
Artist : Michael Rank and Stag
Album : In The Weeds
Composer : Louds Hymn
Label :
10:55 PM
World Gone Wrong
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : World Gone Wrong
Composer :
Label : Columbia
11:05 PM
Rolling And Tumbling Blues
Artist : Eddie "One String" Jones
Album : Takoma Blues
Label : Takoma
11:11 PM
Good Morning, School Girl
Artist : Sonny Boy Willliamson
Album : The Bluebird Recordings 1937-1938
Label : Bluebird/RCA
11:14 PM
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am
Artist : Tom Feldmann
Album : Lone Wolf Blues
Label : Magnolia Recording Company
11:18 PM
Joe Turner Blues
Artist : Bill Broonzy
Album : The Bill Broonzy Story
Label : Verve
11:26 PM
Old Jabo
Artist : Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Album : Sonny Terry: The Folkways Years 1944-1963
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:28 PM
’Bama Bound
Artist : Scrapper Blackwell & Brooks Berry
Album : My Heart Struck Sorrow
Label : Bluesville
11:33 PM
Walking The Blues
Artist : Maria Muldaur
Album : Johnny's Blues - A Tribute To Johnny Cash
Composer :
Label : Northern Blues
11:38 PM
Match Box Blues
Artist : J.T. Adams & Shirley Griffith
Album : Indiana Ave. Blues
Label : Bluesville
11:42 PM
Vicksburg Blues
Artist : Walter Miller
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues in the 1960s - Vol. 1
Label : Arhoolie
11:47 PM
Lonesome House Blues
Artist : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Album : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Label : Milestone
11:51 PM
Wing and a Prayer
Artist : Catfish Keith
Album : A True Friend Is Hard To Find - A Gospel Retrospective
Label : Fish Tail Records
11:56 PM
Going Down South
Artist : R.L. Burnside
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues in the 1960s - Vol. 2
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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