Back Porch Music Sunday

Sun 8-11p

Back Porch Music with Keith Weston - a collection of folk, traditional music, singer-songwriter and the best old and new acoustic music.  Sunday at 8-11 p.m. 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

Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithweston.

See the current BPM Sunday playlist and links to our playlist archive.

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January 13, 2013

8:04 PM
Border Radio
Artist : Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Album : Cheater's Game
Label : Premium Records
8:07 PM
Never Say Never
Artist : Max Gomez
Album : Rule the World
Label : New West
8:11 PM
Did You Hear John Hurt?
Artist : Tom Paxton
Album : New Songs From the Briarpatch
Label : Vanguard
8:14 PM
Pay Day
Artist : Mississippi John Hurt
Album : The Complete Studio Recordings
Label : Vanguard
8:18 PM
Beulah Land
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Avalon BLues: A Tribute to teh Music of Mississippi John Hurt
Label : Vanguard
8:23 PM
Katy Hill
Artist : Glen Duncan
Album : s/t
Label : OMS Records
8:28 PM
The Wagoner’s Lad
Artist : The Duhks
Album : s/t
Label : Sugar Hill
8:31 PM
Gone, Gonna Rise Again
Artist : Kathy Mattea
Album : Calling Me Home
Label : Sugar Hill
8:35 PM
Hicks’ Farewell
Artist : Stefan Grossman & Duck Baker
Album : Northern Skies, Southern Blues
Label : Shanachie
8:38 PM
Goodbye to Sorrow
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Brother Sinner & The Whale
Label : Black Hen Music
8:42 PM
Garden Valley
Artist : Cara Dillon
Album : After the Morning
Label : Compass Records
8:46 PM
Mother of Pearl
Artist : Dean Driver
Album : Late Boomer
Label : self
8:51 PM
New Railroad
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Shaken by a Low Sound
Label : Signature Sounds
8:54 PM
Banjo Pickin’ Girl
Artist : Coon Creek Girls
Album : Old Time Mountain Banjo
Label : Couty
8:57 PM
Floating in the Balance
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Follow Me Down
Label : Sugar Hill
9:04 PM
North Carolina Breakdown
Artist : Hillbillies from Mars
Album : s/t
Label : self
9:07 PM
Artist : Johnny Cash
Album : The Man Comes Around
Label : Lost Highway / American
9:11 PM
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : These Old Dark Hills
Label : Red House Records
9:15 PM
Artist : Balfa Toujours
Album : La Pointe
Label : Rounder
9:18 PM
La Ville Des Manteau
Artist : Darol Anger & Friends (Heritage)
Album : Heritage
Label : Six Degrees / Island
9:23 PM
Our Lady of the Highways
Artist : John Wesley Harding
Album : The Confessions of St. Ace
Label : Mammoth
9:27 PM
Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Label : self
9:31 PM
Mama’s Opry
Artist : Iris Dement
Album : Infamous Angel
Label : Philo
9:34 PM
Grand Ole Opry Song
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Will The Cirlce Be Unbroken
Label : EMI America
9:37 PM
Nashville Cats
Artist : The Del McCoury Band
Album : The Family
Label : Ceili
9:41 PM
100 Miles From Music City
Artist : Annie Gallup
Album : Courage My Love
Label : Prime CD
9:45 PM
Chapel Hill Boogie
Artist : John Dee Holeman w/ Taj Mahal
Album : s/t
Label : Music Maker
9:54 PM
Lock and Key
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : Sun Midnight Sun
Label : Nonesuch
9:57 PM
The Sparkling Fairy / Taro’s Blue Eyes
Artist : Winifred Horan
Album : Just One Wish
Label : Shanachie
10:04 PM
Kana vatsvena Vopinda
Artist : Machanic Manyeruke & The Puritans
Album : s/t
Label : Flying Fish
10:08 PM
Artist : Jim Ringer
Album : Folk Song America IV
Label : Sony Music
10:11 PM
Nothing For Nothing
Artist : James Leva & Purgatory Mountain
Album : Winkin' Eye
Label : Copper Creek
10:14 PM
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Artist : Hot Club of Cowtown
Album : Tall Tales
Label : Hightone Records
10:17 PM
I Feel Like Singing Today
Artist : Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : I Feel Like Singing Today
Label : Rebel
10:19 PM
Just Because
Artist : John Jackson
Album : Front Porch Blues
Label : Alligator
10:24 PM
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Artist : Shawn Colvin
Album : Cover Girl
Label : Columbia
10:28 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : El McMeen
Album : Irish Guitar Encores
Label : Shanachie
10:31 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : De Dannan
Album : Song for Ireland
Label : Sugar Hill
10:36 PM
Dance in the Darkness
Artist : Darrell Scott
Album : Long Ride Home
Label : Full Light Records
10:42 PM
Our Town
Artist : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Album : Our Town
Label : Rounder
10:47 PM
When I Work Alone
Artist : Wendell Kimbrough
Album : Things That Can't Be Taught
Label : self
10:52 PM
The Last Snowfall
Artist : Vienna Teng
Album : Inland Territory
Label : Zoe Records
10:55 PM
Artist : JPP
Album : String Tease
Label : Northside


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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