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 20, 2013

8:04 PM
All Out of Diamonds
Artist : Overmountain Men
Album : The Next Best Thing
Label : Advanced CD
8:07 PM
Merry Go ’Round
Artist : Kacey Musgraves
Album : single
Label : Mercury
8:11 PM
Far Americay
Artist : Solas
Album : Shamrock CIty
Label : THL Records
8:18 PM
Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportees)
Artist : Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers
Album : s/t
Label : Capitol Records
8:23 PM
Riding the Stream
Artist : Bruce Piephoff
Album : Slaughterhouse
Label : Flyin' Cloud
8:28 PM
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Artist : The Del McCoury Band
Album : Del and the Boys
Label : Ceili
8:32 PM
Never Going Back
Artist : Samantha Crain
Album : Kid Face
Label : Ramseur Records
8:35 PM
Artist : The Living Sisters
Album : Run For Cover
Label : Vanguard
8:37 PM
Hoedown at Alice’s
Artist : Steve Martin
Album : The Crow
Label : Rounder
8:42 PM
Red Dirt Girl
Artist : Emmylou Harris
Album : Red Dirt Girl
Label : Nonesuch
8:47 PM
Artist : Greg Brown
Album : Hymns to What is Left
Label : Sawdust
8:50 PM
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Artist : Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners
Album : s/t/
Label : County
8:53 PM
Thanks to Tequila
Artist : Dale Watson and His Lonestars
Album : El Rancho Azul
Label : Red House Records
8:55 PM
Crow River Waltz
Artist : Leo Kottke
Album : 6- and 12-String Guitar
Label : Rhino
8:59 PM
Artist : Lunasa
Album : La Nua
Label : self
9:04 PM
Can’t You Hear Me Callin’
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Shaken By a Low Sound
Label : Signature Sounds
9:08 PM
Rocky Road Blues
Artist : The Lonesome River Band
Album : With Body and Soul
Label : Rebel
9:10 PM
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Artist : Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Album : Columbia Country Classics Vol 1: The Golden Age
Label : Columbia Legacy
9:13 PM
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Artist : Elvis Presley
Album : Classic Country Music: Vol 2
Label : RCA Smithsonian Folkways
9:16 PM
The 111th Pennsylvane
Artist : Jack Hardy
Album : Civil Wars
Label : Great Divide
9:25 PM
Like a Songbird That Has Fallen
Artist : Reeltime Travelers
Album : Cold Mountain
Label : Columbia DMZ
9:28 PM
Seven Bridges Road / 85 on 85
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : 9 Lives and More
Label : self
9:35 PM
Rising Sun
Artist : Brownie McGhee with Sonny Terry
Album : Crossroads Southern Routes
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:38 PM
Artist : Norah Jones
Album : Feels Like Home
Label : Blue Note
9:41 PM
Time Passages
Artist : Al Stewart
Album : Folk Live from Mountain Stage
Label : Blue Plate
9:46 PM
Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Artist : Sandy Denny and the Strawbs
Album : s/t
Label : Hannibal
9:51 PM
Bill’s Reel / Ice Cream Hornpipe / Altan’s Reel
Artist : Bob McQuillen / Jane Orzechowski / Deanna Stiles
Album : Old New England
Label : Great Meadows
9:54 PM
Cornbread and Butterbeans
Artist : The Carolina Sunshine Trio
Album : WPAQ: The Voice of the Blueridge Mountains
Label : Rounder
9:56 PM
Cornbread and Butterbeans
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Genuine Negro Jig
Label : Nonesuch
10:04 PM
Whispers of Summer
Artist : Eliza Carthy
Album : Angels & Cigarettes
Label : Warner Bros
10:08 PM
Out Comes the Sun
Artist : The Grasscals
Album : The Famous Lefty Flynn's
Label : Rounder
10:12 PM
Train Home
Artist : Chris Smither
Album : Train Home
Label : Hightone Records
10:16 PM
Mary Hooley
Artist : Phranc
Album : Folksinger
Label : Island
10:20 PM
Steady Breathing
Artist : Mary Black
Album : Stories from the Steeples
Label : Blix Street
10:24 PM
Winter Harvest
Artist : Matt Flinner Trio
Album : Winter Harvest
Label : Compass
10:29 PM
Leaving Eden
Artist : Polecat Creek
Album : Leaving Eden
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
10:34 PM
Tain’t Nobody’s Business
Artist : Frank Stokes
Album : Memphis Country Blues Vol 1
Label : Memphis Archives
10:37 PM
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : Blood on the Tracks
Label : Columbia
10:40 PM
That’ll Be Alright
Artist : Memphis Minnie
Album : Memphis Jamboree 1927-1936
Label : Yazoo
10:43 PM
We Turned Away
Artist : Winterpills
Album : All My Lovely Goners
Label : Signature Sounds
10:47 PM
All For You
Artist : Last Forever
Album : trainfare home
Label : Nonesuch
10:54 PM
Bid You Goodnight
Artist : Peter and Mary Alice Amidon
Album : Hymns & Ballads
Label : self
10:57 PM
Fisher’s Hornpipe
Artist : Simple Gifts
Album : Other Places, Other Times
Label : Purple Finch


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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