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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December 22, 2012

8:04 PM
Christmas Time Back Home
Artist : The Country Gentlemen
Album : Christmas Time Back Home
Label : Rebel
8:07 PM
I’ll Be Walkin’ The Floor This Christmas
Artist : Ernest Tubb
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
8:10 PM
Favorite Christmas Memories
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : Christmas In Carolina
Label : Blue Circle Records
8:13 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band
Album : Comfort & Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Label : Rounder
8:13 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band
Album : Comfort & Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Label : Rounder
8:20 PM
All That I Want
Artist : The Weepies
Album : Happiness
Label :
8:23 PM
The Christmas Letter
Artist : Tommy Edwards
Album : The Christmas Album
Label : Salisbury Street Recordings
8:29 PM
The Holly and The Ivy
Artist : Kim Robertson
Album : Christmas Lullaby
Label : Gourd Music
8:32 PM
The Rebel Jesus
Artist : The Chieftains w/Jackson Browne
Album : The Bells Of Dublin
Label : RCA
8:36 PM
Angels We Have Heard On High
Artist : Tony Trischka
Album : Glory Shone Around
Label : Rounder
8:40 PM
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection
Label : Rounder
8:43 PM
Mister Santa
Artist : Herdman, Hills & Mangsen
Album : Voices Of Winter
Label : Gadfly Records
8:45 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : Jerry Read Smith/Lisa Marie Smith
Album : One Wintry Night
Label : Silent Planet Records
8:51 PM
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
Artist : Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : Christmas In The Mountains
Label : Rebel
8:55 PM
Christmas Is Near
Artist : Open Road
Album : O Christmas Tree: A Bluegrass Collection For The Holidays
Label : Rounder
8:57 PM
Christmas Time Is Here
Artist : Jerry Douglas
Album : Jerry Christmas
Label : KOCH
9:05 PM
While Roving On A Winter’s Night
Artist : New Grange
Album : A Christmas Heritage
Label : Compass
9:10 PM
Let It Snow/The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear
Artist : Riders In The Sky
Album : Christmas The Cowboy Way
Label : Rounder
9:13 PM
Old Toy Trains
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : The First Christmas Gift
Label : Red House
9:15 PM
A Christmas Childhood/A Call To Hope
Artist : Tommy Sands
Album : To Shorten The Winter: An Irish Christmas with Tommy Sands
Label : Green Linnet
9:22 PM
We Three Kings
Artist : Michael Doucet
Album : A Putumayo World Christmas
Label : Putumayo
9:25 PM
Fairytale Of New York
Artist : The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
Album : Fairytale Of New York
Label : Warner
9:31 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy
Artist : John Fahey
Album : The New Possibilty: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album
Label :
9:34 PM
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Artist : Russell Moore
Album : Christmas Grass 3
Label : KOCH
9:38 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : David Grisman
Album : David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas
Label : Rounder
9:47 PM
Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over
Artist : Fiddlin’ John Carson
Album : Back Roads To Cold Mountain
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:50 PM
One Rose/Hot Buttered Rum
Artist : The Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Rambler
Label : Sugar Hill
9:56 PM
The Christians And The Pagans
Artist : Dar Williams
Album : Mortal City
Label : Razor & Tie
10:04 PM
I Saw Three Ships
Artist : Bruce Cockburn
Album : Christmas
Label : Columbia
10:08 PM
Carol Of The Bells
Artist : Patty Loveless/Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
Album : Bluegrass & White Snow
Label : Epic
10:11 PM
What Child Is This
Artist : John Cowan
Album : Comfort & Joy
Label : KOCH
10:14 PM
December Dance
Artist : Bill Leslie
Album : A Midnight Clear
Label :
10:19 PM
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Artist : Joseph Spence
Album : Mas: A Caribbean Christmas Party
Label : Rykodisc
10:22 PM
"A Visit From St. Nicholas"
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album :
Label :
10:25 PM
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Artist : Keola Beamer
Album : Kihoalu Christmas
Label : Dancing Cat Records
10:30 PM
Christmas Wish
Artist : NRBQ
Album : Christmas Wish
Label : Rounder
10:33 PM
Making Plans
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Sugar Plums
Label : Sugar Hill
10:37 PM
Christmas Morning
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : Social Studies
Label : Hannibal
10:40 PM
Holiday Shuffle
Artist : Norman Blake, Nancy Blake, Vassar Clements
Album : An Americana Christmas
Label : Winter Harvest
10:44 PM
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Holiday Sampler
Label : Philo
10:50 PM
Christmas Time On Chestnut Street
Artist : David Robert
Album : Christmas Time On Chestnut Street
Label : Moonlight Records
10:55 PM
Artist : Indigo Girls
Album : 1200 Curfews
Label : Epic
11:04 PM
Merry Christmas Baby
Artist : Cootie Stark
Album : Christmas With Cootie
Label : Music Maker
11:09 PM
Christmas Day Blues
Artist : Cephas & Wiggins
Album : Genuine Houserockin' Christmas
Label : Alligator
11:12 PM
Christmas Mornin’ Blues
Artist : Victoria Spivey
Album : Santa Claus Blues
Label : JASS
11:15 PM
Christmas Ball Blues
Artist : Leon Redbone
Album : Christmas Island
Label : Private
11:21 PM
Christmas Blues
Artist : Washboard Pete
Album : Mr. Santa's Boogie
Label : Savoy Jazz
11:23 PM
Christmas Eve Blues
Artist : Bukka White
Album : Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis, Vol. II
Label : Arhoolie
11:30 PM
Santa, Baby
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Holiday Guitar
Label : Sugar Hill
11:35 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Bo Weevil
Album : Blues, Blues Christmas: 1925-1955
Label : Document
11:39 PM
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Artist : Keb’ Mo’
Album : A Little Mo'
Label : Okeh/Epic
11:42 PM
Chicken Crowing For Midnight (Christmas Song)
Artist : Lead Belly
Album : Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 1
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
11:45 PM
Christmas Time Blues
Artist : Black Ace
Album : Black Ace
Label : Arhoolie
11:50 PM
The Night Before Christmas
Artist : Louis Armstrong
Album : The Stash Christmas Album
Label : Stash Records
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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