Back Porch Music Sunday

Sun 8-9p, 10p-12M

Back Porch Music with Keith Weston - a collection of folk, traditional music, singer-songwriter and the best old and new acoustic music.  Sunday at 8-9 p.m. and 10 p.m. until midnight. Keith has been hosting Sunday evening Back Porch Music since 1996.

Keith in the WUNC music library with one of the Best of BPM Cds.
Credit MelShoots

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World of Bluegrass festival performers
Evan Millican / WUNC

The World of Bluegrass held its annual StreetFest in downtown Raleigh last week.

The event included hundreds of offerings for bluegrass professionals and music aficionados -- and plenty of banjos and fiddles.

The Old Ceremony
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WUNC's Back Porch Music on the Lawn series kicks off another season of free concerts at American Tobacco in Durham with Thursday night's show featuring The Old Ceremony and The Backsliders. The concert is at 6 p.m. and is family and pet-friendly.

Back Porch Music Is Back On The Lawn In 2016
Red Star Media Group

Evenings of family fun and nights full of music are returning this summer in Durham.

The Back Porch Music On The Lawn concert series returns with eight shows at the American Tobacco Historic District. The shows start at 6 p.m.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Raleigh

Tonight's the night the spotlight shines on the best and the brightest from the world of bluegrass music.

An image of young kids learning to play the harmonica
National Council for the Traditional Arts / NCTA

Musicians and dancers across the country are converging in Greensboro this weekend for the 75th annual National Folk Festival.  The festival begins Friday, September 11 and goes through Sunday, September 13. It is the first time the festival has come to the Tar Heel State.

An image of bluegrass group Chatham County Line
Yep Roc Music Group

The summer is wrapping up, but the bluegrass does not have to stop just yet. Chatham County Line and the Jeanne Jolly Trio take the stage Thursday, September 10 for the final Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert. The free concert is open to the public and kicks off at 6 p.m. on the American Tobacco Campus lawn in Durham.

Nicole Kibert / elawgrrl / Flickr

Two bands from the Triangle take to the Lucky Strike stage Thursday evening in the next-to-last double-bill  of our summer concert series. The free Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert begins at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a picnic and coolers, but please leave any glass at home.

American Aquarium

An image of blues musician Albert White
Tim Duffy / Music Maker Relief Foundation

American music can be traced back to the blues, jazz, and many more roots music. The legacy of these roots comes alive this Thursday, June 13, with a roundup of Southern roots musicians from the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

An image of mandolin player Jeff Austin
Dorothy St. Claire Photography

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series rolls on Thursday, June 30  with a mandolin player igniting a bluegrass group, along with a slick banjo and violin duo.

A picture of recordings at the SFC
Steven Weiss / Southern Folklife Collection

McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA has seen more than 1,600 musicians perform in the store. Those live performances have produced thousands of recordings documenting the livelihood of folk music for the past 45 years.

A picture of the Gravy Boys
Christer Berg

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The sweltering summer heat isn't going to stop the tunes from flowin' and the people from dancin' at the next Back Porch Music On the Lawn Concert on Thursday, June 25.

The show will feature the Gravy Boys performing acoustic Americana. Alice Gerrard and the Piedmont Melody Makers will open with new and traditional bluegrass and string-band music.

Image of Darren Hanlon, who will open the Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert June 11.
Darren Hanlon

Darren Hanlon grew up in a small town in Queensland, Australia with American legends like Kenny Rogers playing on the turntable.

His early musical education, a month in the Australian desert, and an Amtrak trip through the American South informed the kind of artist he is today; a roots music singer-songwriter with a passion for lyrical and narrative tracks. 

John Howie Jr.

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series returns Thursday night at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham with a performance by honky-tonk musician John Howie Jr. The concert is free and will start at 6 p.m.


The Chapel Hill country singer will play with the Rosewood Bluff and will be joined by Tonk. But before he gets on stage Thursday evening, Howie Jr. decided to stop by WUNC to talk with Eric Hodge about his approach to writing country songs and life as a parent.

An image of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange
Alex Loops


Chapel Hill musicians Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz have been busy the past year touring as the folk duo Mandolin Orange. But all roads lead back home for the pair.


Their new album, Such Jubilee, is a celebration of home and a revered tribute to the places and people they cherish.

Back Porch Music on the Lawn Logo
WUNC / American Tobacco

Thursday evenings mean music and family-fun in Durham.

The Back Porch Music On The Lawn series of concerts returns with eight shows at the American Tobacco Historic District.

The free concerts run May through September on the lawn under the Lucky Strike water tower.

The shows start at 6 p.m. and most feature two bands. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no glass, please. Food and beverages are available at American Tobacco restaurants that surround the American Tobacco Amphitheater.

Guitarist and vocalist Russell Moore leads IIIrd Tyme Out at a WUNC Raleigh Concert
Carol Jackson

Russell Moore's bluegrass career has included a stretch as a member of Doyle Lawson's Quicksilver band and as the leader of IIIrd Tyme Out since 1991. Born in Texas, he moved to North Carolina and later Georgia to follow his bluegrass dreams. Moore has been named IBMA Vocalist of the Year five times and the band has claimed Vocal Group of the Year seven consecutive times.

WUNC Back Porch Music host Freddy Jenkins introduces Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
Carol Jackson

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers' ramblings brought them to Raleigh during the IBMA World of Bluegrass in October. Just as the bluegrass gala was kicking off JMRR joined three other bands at a WUNC event at the Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.

The Spinney Brothers at the Museum of Natural Sciecnes
Carol Jackson

Allan and Rick Spinney were born in Ontario, Canada, in the mid 1960s. Even that far north, the sound of southern bluegrass and country music caught fire, especially with Allan, at an early age.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper warming up prior to their performance.
Carol Jackson

It was a grand night for banjos and fiddles and song. On Wednesday October 1, 2014, during Raleigh's Wide Open Bluegrass event, WUNC hosted four bands on the Daily Planet stage at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper warming up prior to their performance.
Carol Jackson

Concurrently with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) week-long World of Bluegrass, WUNC produced a special live broadcast with WAMU's Bluegrass Country in Washington, D.C. The program was hosted by Katy Daley of WAMU's Bluegrass Country and featured exclusive performances from three IBMA Award nominees:

Chatham County Line

The world's premier bluegrass music event is all this week in Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering and Festival used to be in Nashville but moved to Raleigh a year ago.  

Tens of thousands of people attended last year and city officials say visitors spent more than $10 million on food, hotels and entertainment.    

The organization has since decided to put down roots and committed to holding the event in Raleigh for the next six years.  

Folk Alley Presents: Dom Flemons

Sep 8, 2014

Many people know Dom Flemons as one-third of the original membership of groundbreaking revivalist stringband Carolina Chocolate Drops. Indeed, with the CCDs, Flemons achieved international acclaim and earned award nominations from organizations like the Americana Music Association and the Grammys. But, before the Chocolate Drops made their debut, he was a performing songster and songwriter, covering the entire scope of what constitutes American folk and roots music — not just the stringband, Carolina-based stuff that would eventually make him folk-famous.

Chatham County Line
Michael Podrid / Yep Roc Records

It promises to be another fine evening for coolers, blankets, lawn chairs, and toe-tappin'.

The 2014 season of Back Porch Music On The Lawn closes with a free concert double bill, part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for American Tobacco

Michael Rank

MIpso performed to a packed house at American Tobacco, 8/27/2014
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