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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December 08, 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
Christmas Is Near
Artist : Open Road
Album : O Christmas Tree
Label : Rounder
8:14 PM
Artist : Jon Stickley Trio
Album : Jon Stickley Trio
Label :
8:20 PM
Norwegian Wood
Artist : Blue Mule
Album : Enter The Mule
Label : Flat Five Press & Recording Company
8:25 PM
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Artist : Blind Alfred Reed
Album : Hard Times In The Country
Label : County
8:29 PM
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Holiday Sampler
Label : Philo
8:33 PM
Old Time Medley
Artist : Berline Crary Hickman
Album : Night Run
Label : Sugar Hill
8:38 PM
Look Before You Leap
Artist : Charlie Poole
Album : The Legend Of Charlie Poole, Vol. 3
Label : County
8:43 PM
Can You Hear Me Now
Artist : South Carolina Broadcasters
Album : Can You Hear Me Now
Label : Flaming Heart Records
8:46 PM
In The Ocean
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light - Songs From My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : StorySound Records
8:53 PM
Lights Of Chanukah
Artist : Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band
Album : A Fiddler's Holiday
Label : Rounder
8:55 PM
Only Brother
Artist : Midtown Dickens
Album : Home
Label : Trekky Records
9:04 PM
The Meaning Of Christmas
Artist : Kickin Grass Band
Album : Have A Holly Raleigh Christmas
Label : Sir Walter Records
9:08 PM
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
Artist : El McMeen
Album : The Soul Of Christmas Guitar
Label : Piney Ridge Music
9:12 PM
All That I Want
Artist : The Weepies
Album : Happiness
Label : www.theweepies .com
9:16 PM
I Can’t Stand It
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time Records
9:21 PM
Fiddler’s Heaven
Artist : Jim Lauderdale
Album : Carolina Moonrise
Label : Skycrunch Records/Compass Records
9:25 PM
Sail Away Lady
Artist : Uncle Bunt Stephens
Album : Anthology Of American Folk Music
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:30 PM
The Ballad Of Chaukah
Artist : Magpie
Album : Last Month Of The Year
Label : Sliced Bread Records
9:35 PM
Happy Joyous Hanukkah
Artist : The Klezmatics
Album : Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah
Label : Jewish Music Group
9:39 PM
Way Down In Smaland/Swingpolska
Artist : Vasen
Album : Nordic Roots
Label : NorthSide
9:48 PM
The Way It Goes
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : The Harrow & The Harvest
Label : Acony
9:52 PM
Leave The Bottle
Artist : Town Mountain
Album : Leave The Bottle
Label : Pinecastle Records
9:55 PM
Wagon Wheel
Artist : The Gravy Boys
Album : Crackerjack Whistle
Label :
10:04 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Jerry Douglas
Album : Jerry Christmas
Label : KOCH
10:07 PM
Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year
Artist : Tommy Edwards
Album : The Christmas Album
Label : Salisbury Street Recordings
10:10 PM
O Come, O Come Emmanuel/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Artist : Bonnie Rideout
Album : A Scottish Christmas
Label : Maggie's Music
10:14 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
10:22 PM
(I’m Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica
Artist : Tom Lehrer
Album : The Remains Of Tom Lehrer
Label : Rhino
10:24 PM
Fall Creek Falls
Artist : Jim Van Cleve
Album : No Apologies
Label : Rural Rhythm Records
10:30 PM
The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale In Six Songs
Artist : Laurelyn Dossett/Rhiannon Giddens/Mike Compton/Joe Newberry/Jason Sypher
Album : The Gathering
Label : Sycarmore Road
10:54 PM
Old Toy Trains
Artist : Jim Watson
Album : Christmas At The Cave
Label : Barker Records
10:56 PM
Carol Of The Bells
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Holiday Guitar
Label : Sugar Hill
11:04 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Black Ace
Album : Black Ace
Label : Arhoolie
11:07 PM
At The Christmas Ball
Artist : Bessie Smith
Album : Jingle Blues
Label : House Of Blues
11:11 PM
Down In Mississippi
Artist : Scott Ainslie
Album : Thunder's Mouth
Label : Cattail Music
11:16 PM
Free Again
Artist : Robert Pete Williams
Album : Free Again
Label : Bluesville/OBC
11:23 PM
Stuttgart, Ark.
Artist : Bukka White
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues Jam In Memphis, Vol. II
Label : Arhooolie
11:28 PM
Lonesome House Blues
Artist : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Album : Blind Lemon Jefferson
Label : Milestone
11:32 PM
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Artist : Keb’ Mo’
Album : A Little Mo'
Label : Okeh/Epic
11:35 PM
Louise McGhee
Artist : Son House
Album : Father Of The Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions
Label : Columbia/Legacy
11:41 PM
Pure Religion
Artist : Rory Block
Album : I Belong To The Band - A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis
Label : Stony Plain
11:47 PM
Candy Man
Artist : Reverend Gary Davis
Album : Pure Religion and Bad Company
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:50 PM
Christmas Man Blues
Artist : Bertha "Chippie" Hill
Album : Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1925-1929)
Label : Document
11:53 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Bo Weevil
Album : Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955
Label : Document
11:56 PM
The Christmas Blues
Artist : Leadbelly
Album : Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1940-1943)
Label : Document


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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