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 27, 2013

8:04 PM
Hard Luck Gambler
Artist : Aaron Parrett & Ivan Rosenberg
Album : Stumbo Lost Wages
Label : self
8:08 PM
Times Is Hard
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : 10 Songs For the New Depression
Label : Cummerbund Music
8:11 PM
Weave Room Blues
Artist : Dave McCarn
Album : Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol 2
Label : Yazoo
8:14 PM
It’s So Cold
Artist : Blueridge
Album : Common Ground
Label : Sugar Hill
8:17 PM
Copper Run
Artist : Erynn Marshall & Chris Coole
Album : Meet Me in the Music
Label : Hickoryjack Records
8:20 PM
Lady Madonna
Artist : Butch Robins
Album : Imagicnation
Label : Flat Five
8:22 PM
Pretty Bird
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Leaving Eden
Label : Nonesuch
8:27 PM
Winter’s Come and Gone
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Hell Amonth the Yearlings
Label : Almo Sounds
8:29 PM
The Lark
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Label : Compass
8:34 PM
The Sounds of Silence
Artist : Simon & Garfunkel
Album : Wednesday Morning, 3 AM
Label : Columbia
8:37 PM
Lament for Tommy Maken / Within a Hen’s Kick / The Slippery Slope
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
8:42 PM
Paddy Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider
Artist : Bruce Molsky and Big Hoedown
Album : Big Hoedown
Label : Rounder
8:45 PM
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Artist : Whitetop Mountain Band
Album : Seedtime on the Cumberland Sampler 1990-1991
Label : JuneAppal
8:50 PM
South of Nowhere
Artist : Po’ Girl
Album : Vagabond Lullabies
Label : Nettwerk
8:53 PM
Artist : Bombadil
Album : Tarpits and Canyonlands
Label : Ramseur Records
8:55 PM
Harm’s Swift Way
Artist : Robert Plant
Album : Band of Joy
Label : Rounder
9:04 PM
Step Inside This House
Artist : Lyle Lovett
Album : Step Inside This House
Label : Curb MCA
9:09 PM
My Old Cottage Home
Artist : Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry
Album : You've Been a Friend to Me
Label : Barker Records
9:13 PM
The House You Live In
Artist : Kate Campbell
Album : Wandering Strange
Label : Eminent Records
9:17 PM
Artist : Suzanne Vega
Album : In Their Own Words
Label : Razor & Tie
9:20 PM
Artist : Suzanne Vega
Album : Fast Folk
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:25 PM
Raining at Sunset
Artist : Chris Thile
Album : Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Label : Sugar Hill
9:33 PM
Undone in Sorrow
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Still Crooked
Label : Signature Sounds
9:36 PM
Great High Mountain
Artist : Ralph Stanley
Album : s/t
Label : DMZ Columbia
9:40 PM
Blue Ridge Mountains
Artist : Townes Van Zandt
Album : High, Low and In Betwee
Label : Tomato Records
9:42 PM
Way Down Yonder
Artist : Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Yonder
Label : self
9:46 PM
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Artist : John Hartford
Album : The Speed of the Old Long Bow
Label : Rounder
9:50 PM
Artist : Dolly Parton
Album : Little Sparrow
Label : Sugar Hill
9:56 PM
Small Mountain
Artist : Midlake
Album : The Courage of Others
Label : Bella Union
10:04 PM
Less & Less
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Traveler
Label : Sugar Hill
10:07 PM
Artist : Doc & Merle Watson
Album : Then and Now / Tow Days in November
Label : Sugar Hill
10:10 PM
Shawnee Town
Artist : Sam Pacetti
Album : Solitary Travel
Label : Waterbug
10:14 PM
I Shall Not Be Moved
Artist : Joe Thompson
Album : Family Traditions
Label : Rounder
10:18 PM
We Shall Overcome
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 1
Label : Appleseed
10:23 PM
Music For a Found Harmonium
Artist : Patrick Street
Album : Irish Times
Label : Green Linnet
10:26 PM
Weary Life
Artist : Linda Thompson
Album : Fashionably Late
Label : Rounder
10:30 PM
The Carter Family
Artist : Single Girl, Married Girl
Album : Anchored in Love: Their Complete Victor Recordings 1927-1928
Label : Rounder
10:33 PM
Keep on the Sunny Side
Artist : Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with Mother Maybelle Carter & The Foggy Mountain Boys
Album : Songs of the Famous Carter Family
Label : Columbia
10:37 PM
Great Big Taters in the Sandy Land
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Ways of the World
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:39 PM
You and Me
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : Sun Midnight Sun
Label : Nonesuch
10:43 PM
Annabelle Lee
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Follow Me Down
Label : Sugar Hill
10:46 PM
Journey of the Sorcerer
Artist : The Eagles
Album : One of These Nights
Label : Asylum
10:53 PM
Let Heaven Show
Artist : Pura Fe’
Album : Hold The Rain
Label : Music Maker
10:57 PM
Artist : Groupa
Album : 15 Years
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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