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 15, 2012

8:04 PM
Christmas Time Back Home
Artist : The Country Gentlemen
Album : Christmas In The Mountains
Label : Rebel
8:08 PM
Christmas In The Mountains
Artist : David Parmley & Continental Divide
Album : A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'
Label : Pinecastle
8:11 PM
Christmas Time’s A Comin’
Artist : Doc Watson, Del McCoury and Mac Wiseman
Album : Christmas On The Mountain
Label : Universal South
8:14 PM
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Still Crooked
Label : Signature Sounds
8:20 PM
A Pound A Week Rise
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
8:24 PM
Crossing The Cumberlands
Artist : Peter Ostroushko
Album : The Mando Chronicles
Label : Red House
8:31 PM
Suddenly It’s Christmas
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : Career Moves
Label : Virgin
8:33 PM
Let It Snow/The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need
Artist : Riders In The Sky
Album : Christmas The Cowboy Way
Label : Rounder
8:35 PM
The Cowboy Trail
Artist : Rafe & Clelia Stefanini
Album : Lady On The Green
Label : Old Willow Tree
8:39 PM
Artist : The Reeltime Travelers
Album : Livin' Reeltime, Thinkin' Old-Time
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
8:45 PM
Jerry Douglas
Artist : God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Album : Jerry Christmas
Label : KOCH
8:51 PM
Katy Cruel
Artist : Linda Thompson
Album : Versatile Heart
Label : Rounder
8:53 PM
Blue Railroad Train
Artist : Jorma Kaukonen
Album : Blue Country Heart
Label : Columbia
8:57 PM
Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
Artist : Tex Ritter
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
9:04 PM
Making Plans
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Sugar Plums
Label : Sugar Hill
9:08 PM
Getting Ready For Christmas Day
Artist : Paul Simon
Album : So Beautiful Or So What
Label : Hear Music
9:12 PM
Walk With Me
Artist : The Kickin Grass Band
Album : Walk With Me
Label : Superfan Records
9:15 PM
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
Artist : Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : Christmas Time Back Home
Label : Rebel
9:21 PM
Extra Gold
Artist : Mayhem String Band
Album : Rapscallions and Ne'erdowells
Label :
9:27 PM
Reason To Believe
Artist : Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Album : Some Bright Morning
Label : Signature Sounds
9:33 PM
The Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Cherish The Ladies
Album : On Christmas Night
Label : Rounder
9:37 PM
Must Be Santa
Artist : Brave Combo
Album : It's Christmas, Man!
Label : Rounder
9:40 PM
Lookin’ In The Mirror
Artist : Town Mountain
Album : Leave The Bottle
Label : Pinecastle
9:43 PM
Artist : The Gravy Boys
Album : Crackerjack Whistle
Label :
9:50 PM
Lights Of Chanukah
Artist : Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band
Album : A Fiddler's Holiday
Label : Rounder
9:52 PM
Little Stream Of Whiskey
Artist : Old Man Luedecke
Album : Tender Is The Night
Label : True North
9:55 PM
Artist : New Grange
Album : A Christmas Heritage
Label : Compass
10:04 PM
The Christmas Letter
Artist : Tommy Edwards
Album : The Christmas Album
Label : Salisbury Street Recordings
10:09 PM
Apples In Winter/Frost Is All Over/A Merry Christmas
Artist : Eileen Ivers
Album : An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas
Label : Compass
10:14 PM
Blue Christmas
Artist : Open Road
Album : O Christmas Tree - A Bluegrass Collection For The Holidays
Label : Rounder
10:16 PM
The Mountains My Baby And Me
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time
10:22 PM
Christmas In The Trenches
Artist : John McCutcheon
Album : Winter Solstice
Label : Rounder
10:27 PM
The Cherry Tree Carol
Artist : Joel Mabus
Album : How Like The Holly
Label : Fossil Records
10:32 PM
Carol Of The Kings
Artist : Alison Brown Quartet
Album : A Winter's Eve: Acoustic Music For The Winter Season
Label : Compass
10:39 PM
The Once and Future Carpenter
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : The Carpenter
Label : Island
10:44 PM
Artist : I Draw Slow
Album : Redhills
Label : Pinecastle
10:50 PM
Angels We Have Heard On High/In The Bleak Midwinter
Artist : El McMeen
Album : The Soul Of Christmas Guitar
Label : Piney Ridge Music
10:55 PM
Artist : Joni Michell
Album : Blue
Label : Reprise
11:04 PM
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Artist : Keb’ Mo’
Album : A Little Mo'
Label : Okeh/Epic
11:07 PM
Lonesome Christmas Blues
Artist : Blind Blake
Album : Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1929-1932)
Label : Document
11:11 PM
Lightning Flash, Thunder Roll
Artist : Catfish Keith
Album : A True Friend Is Hard To Find - A Gospel Retrospective
Label : Fish Tail Records
11:17 PM
Homesick And Lonesome Blues
Artist : Tom Feldmann
Album : Lone Wolf Blues
Label : Magnolia Recording Company
11:22 PM
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
Artist : Lucinda Williams
Album : Ramblin'
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:26 PM
Old Jim Canan’s
Artist : Robert Wilkins
Album : The Original Rolling Stone
Label : Yazoo
11:30 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Black Ace
Album : Black Ace
Label : Arhoolie
11:33 PM
Match Box Blues
Artist : J.T. Adams & Shirley Griffith
Album : The Bluesville Years, Vol. 9: Down the Country Way
Label : Prestige
11:37 PM
Dry Land Blues
Artist : Furry Lewis
Album : Complete Vintage Recordings of Furry Lewis: 1927-1929
Label : Document
11:41 PM
I Am The Light Of This World
Artist : Rory Block
Album : I Belong To The Band - A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis
Label : Stony Plain
11:48 PM
Key To The Highway
Artist : Jesse Fuller
Album : Jesse Fuller's Favorites
Label : Prestige/OBC
11:51 PM
Christmas Blues A’ Comin’
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Holiday Guitar
Label : Sugar Hill
11:55 PM
Merry Christmas
Artist : Lightnin’ Hopkins
Album : Blue Yule
Label : Rhino


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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