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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May 11, 2013

8:04 PM
Artist : Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush & Mike Marshall
Album : Short Trip Home
Label : Sony Classical
8:09 PM
Hear Jerusalem Moan
Artist : Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Album : Some Bright Morning
Label : Signature Sounds
8:13 PM
Crossing The Cumberlands
Artist : Peter Ostroushko
Album : The Mando Chronicles
Label : Red House Records
8:17 PM
Heavy Traffic Ahead
Artist : Bill Monroe
Album : The Music Of Bill Monroe From 1936 to 1994
Label : MCA
8:22 PM
Trouble And Woe
Artist : Ruth Moody
Album : These Wilder Things
Label : Red House Records
8:25 PM
Jenny Lynn
Artist : Mike Compton
Album : Rotten Taters
Label :
8:28 PM
When I’m Gone
Artist : The South Carolina Broadcasters
Album : Short Time To Stay Here
Label : Flaming Heart Records
8:33 PM
Hills Of Mexico
Artist : Gob Iron
Album : Death Songs For The Living
Label : Transmit Sound/Legacy
8:37 PM
House Of The Rising Sun
Artist : The Tony Rice Unit
Album : Unit Of Measure
Label : Rounder
8:43 PM
The Wisest Fool
Artist : Old Blind Dogs
Album : The Gab O Mey
Label : Green Linnet
8:50 PM
Sugarfoot Rag
Artist : Asleep At The Wheel
Album : The Very Best Of Asleep At The Wheel
Label : Madacy
8:54 PM
Tennessee Stud
Artist : Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Album : Music To My Ears
Label : Skaggs Family Records
8:58 PM
Black Mountain Rag
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Doc Watson
Label : Vanguard
9:04 PM
Mama’s Opry
Artist : Iris Dement
Album : Infamous Angel
Label : Philo
9:07 PM
Artist : Mountain Heart
Album : Wide Open
Label : Skaggs Family Records
9:12 PM
The Ballad Of Stringbean and Estelle
Artist : Sam Bush
Album : Circles Around Me
Label : Sugar Hill
9:19 PM
I Shot The Sheriff
Artist : Blue Mule
Album : This Way Or That?
Label : Flat Five Press & Recording Co.
9:24 PM
Ghillie Callum/Highland Rant/Ryan’s Rant
Artist : Bonnie Rideout
Album : A Scottish Fiddle Collection
Label : Maggie's Music
9:32 PM
Medals For Mothers
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : Mama's Hand: Bluegrass And Mountain Songs About Mother
Label : Rounder
9:34 PM
Sandy Ford (Barbara Lee)
Artist : Jim Lauderdale
Album : Headed For The Hills
Label : Dualtone
9:39 PM
Freight Train Moan
Artist : Arthur Smith Trio
Album : More Bona Fide Bluegrass & Mountain Music
Label : RCA
9:42 PM
I’m Comin’ Back But I Don’t Know When
Artist : Charlie Monroe
Album : I'm Old Kentucky Bound
Label : Bear Family
9:45 PM
Brian Boru’s March/Nine Points Of Roguery/The Magpie - Pretty Girls/Down The Old Plank Road
Artist : The Chieftains
Album : Live From Dublin - A Tribute To Derek Bell
Label : RCA
9:56 PM
When You Get To Asheville
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
10:04 PM
Artist : Special Consensus
Album : Scratch Gravel Road
Label : Compass
10:08 PM
Riley And Spencer
Artist : Mike Seeger
Album : Early Southern Guitar Sounds
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
10:12 PM
Fairy’s Choice/Choice Wife
Artist : Al Petteway & Amy White
Album : High In The Blue Ridge
Label : Fairewood Studios
10:20 PM
When I Was A Young Girl
Artist : Anna & Elizabeth
Album : Sun To Sun
Label :
10:24 PM
Maybe This Time
Artist : Alice Gerrard
Album : Bittersweet
Label : Spruce & Maple Music
10:30 PM
Wilkes County Breakdown
Artist : Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson
Album : The Mandolin Chronicles
Label : Pinecastle
10:33 PM
Human Highway
Artist : Rebecca Frazier
Album : When We Fall
Label : Amtoco/Compass
10:36 PM
Early Morning Rain
Artist : Paul Weller
Album : Studio 150
Label : V2 Records
10:40 PM
The Craziest Kid Around
Artist : Kenny Roby
Album : Memories & Birds
Label : Little Criminal Records
10:47 PM
Seven Curses
Artist : Solas
Album : For Love And Laughter
Label : Compass
10:52 PM
Some Things Are
Artist : Todd Snider
Album : Peace, Love And Anarchy (Rarities, B-Sides and Demos, Vol. 1)
Label : Oh Boy Records
10:56 PM
Use A Napkin (Not Your Mom)
Artist : Kathy Kallick
Album : Use A Napkin (Not Your Mom)
Label : Sugar Hill
11:04 PM
Texas Blues
Artist : Robert Pete Williams
Album : Vol. 1 - I'm Blue As A Man Can Be
Label : Arhoolie
11:09 PM
Down In Mississippi
Artist : Scott Ainslie
Album : Thunder's Mouth
Label : Cattail Music
11:15 PM
If I Had My Way
Artist : Reverend Dary Davis
Album : If I Had My Way: Early Home Recordings Of Reverend Gary Davis
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:21 PM
Broke And Hungry
Artist : Lightin’ Wells
Album : Shake 'Em On Down
Label : Lignite Records
11:26 PM
Stranger Blues
Artist : Jesse Fuller
Album : Jesse Fuller's Favorites
Label : Prestige
11:32 PM
Government Fleet Blues
Artist : Rory Block
Album : Blues Walkin' Like A Man - A Tribute To Son House
Label : Stony Plain
11:39 PM
Louise McGhee
Artist : Son House
Album : Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions
Label : Columbia/Legacy
11:45 PM
Come Go Home With Me
Artist : Lightnin’ Hopkins
Album : Lightnin' Hopkins
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:51 PM
Lonesome House Blues
Artist : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Album : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Label : Milestone
11:54 PM
Three O’Clock In The Morning
Artist : Mississippi Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues in the 1960s - Vol. 1
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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