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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February 17, 2013

8:04 PM
Artist : Heidi Talbot
Album : Distant Future
Label : Compass Records
8:09 PM
Valentine’s Day Is Over
Artist : June Tabor and the Oyster Band
Album : Freedom and Rain
Label : Ryko
8:13 PM
Flash Company
Artist : June Tabor & Martin Simpson
Album : A Cut Above
Label : Green Linnet
8:16 PM
Artist : Kate MacKenzie
Album : Age of Innocence
Label : Red House Records
8:19 PM
Cry of the Whipporwill
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : The Storm Still Rages
Label : Rounder
8:23 PM
Scarlet Town
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : The Harrow & The Harvest
Label : Acony Records
8:26 PM
East Virginia Blues
Artist : The Stanley Brothers
Album : An Evening Long Ago
Label : Columbia DMZ Legacy
8:30 PM
Blue Skies and Teardrops
Artist : Mike Cross
Album : Born in the Country
Label : Mima-Mubo
8:33 PM
Wake Robin/Bravest Cowboy
Artist : Dirk Powell
Album : If I Go Ten Thousand Miles
Composer : Rounder
Label :
8:36 PM
A Horse in the Country
Artist : Cowboy Junkies
Album : Black Eyed Man
Label : RCA
8:40 PM
Artist : The Carbines (Tift Merritt)
Album : single
Label : self
8:45 PM
Artist : Laura Love
Album : Fourteen Days
Label : Zoe
8:49 PM
Marlene on the Wall
Artist : Suzanne Vega
Album : s/t
Label : A&M
8:53 PM
The Tannahill Weavers
Artist : Good Drying Set
Album : Leaving St. Kilda
Label : Green Linnet
9:04 PM
Friend of the Devil
Artist : Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Album : Grateful Dawg
Label : Acoustic Dics
9:11 PM
Banjo Signal
Artist : Lonnie Hoppers & Dan Crary and Their American Band
Album : s/t
Label : Pinecastle
9:13 PM
Home to Carolina
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : Home to Carolina
Label : New Time Records
9:16 PM
The Man From Tennessee
Artist : Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry
Album : You've Been a Friend to Me
Label : Barker Records
9:19 PM
Upstairs, Downstairs
Artist : Archie Fisher
Album : The Man With a Rhyme
Label : Folk-Legacy
9:21 PM
By Way of Sorrow
Artist : Cry Cry Cry
Album : s/t
Label : Razor & Tie
9:24 PM
Til Something Better Comes Along
Artist : Vassar Clements / John Hartford / Dave Holland
Album : s/t
Label : Rounder
9:31 PM
Gypsy Davy
Artist : Jody Stecher
Album : Oh The Wind and Rain
Label : Appleseed
9:36 PM
Gypsy David
Artist : Cliff Carlisle
Album : Complete
Label : Document
9:39 PM
I Will
Artist : Tony Furtado w/Alison Krauss
Album : Within Reach
Label : Rounder
9:43 PM
Crossing the Bar
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : These Old Dark Hills
Label : Red House Records
9:46 PM
The Lighthouse’s Tale
Artist : Nickel Creek
Album : s/t
Label : Sugar Hill
9:51 PM
Jamaica Farewell
Artist : Harry Belafonte
Album : Folk Song America
Label : Sony Smithaonian
9:54 PM
Artist : Davey Graham
Album : The Complete Guitarist
Label : Kicking Mule
10:04 PM
Wondering Where the Lions Are
Artist : Bruce Cockburn
Album : Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
Label : Columbia
10:07 PM
I Have a Mountain All To Myself
Artist : Amanda French
Album : s/t
Label : self
10:12 PM
Paul Cezanne
Artist : Five Chinese Brothers
Album : Fast Folk Motional Vices
Label : Fast Folk
10:15 PM
Vincent Van Gogh
Artist : Jonathan Richman
Album : Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love
Label : Rounder
10:18 PM
Buckets of Blue
Artist : Polecat Creek
Album : Ordinary Seasons
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:22 PM
Hit the Ground Running
Artist : Maura O’Connell
Album : Stories
Label : Hannibal
10:25 PM
Love Vigilantes
Artist : Laura Cantrell
Album : Trains and Boats and Planes
Label : self
10:30 PM
Washington March / Waiting for Nancy
Artist : Bertram Levy
Album : That Old Gut Feeling
Label : self
10:33 PM
The Last Snowfall
Artist : Vienna Teng
Album : Inland Territory
Label : Zoe Records
10:37 PM
Artist : Loituma
Album : In the Moonlight
Label : Northside
10:43 PM
The Unquiet Grave
Artist : Solas
Album : Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
Label : Shanachie
10:48 PM
Both Sides, Now
Artist : Joni Mitchell
Album : Clouds
Label : Reprise
10:53 PM
My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Artist : Carol Ponder
Album : Little Journeys
Label : Truesongs
10:55 PM
Take Five
Artist : No Strings Attached
Album : Take 5
Label : Turquoise Records


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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