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 24, 2013

8:04 PM
Kansas City Railroad Blues
Artist : The Slate Mountain Ramblers
Album : A Pile of Fiddle Tunes
Label : self
8:07 PM
Old Joe Clark Rode a Flop-Eared Kicking Mule Down by the Cripple Creek
Artist : Seth Austen
Album : Appalachian Fiddle Tunes for Finger Style Guitar
Label : Kicking Mule
8:10 PM
Drive-In Movie Picture Show
Artist : Jim Henry
Album : The Wayback
Label : Signature Sounds
8:15 PM
Marilyn Monroe/Neon and Watlzes
Artist : Nanci Griffith
Album : Poet in my Window
Label : Philo
8:17 PM
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Artist : Dar Williams
Album : My Better Self
Label : Razor & Tie
8:22 PM
Cabin On a Mountain
Artist : Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals
Album : s/t
Label : Revonah
8:25 PM
Shady Grove
Artist : The Crooked Jades
Album : The Unfortunate Rake Vol 2
Label : Copper Creek
8:27 PM
How Long
Artist : Karla Bonoff
Album : Live
Label : self
8:31 PM
Gone in Pawn (Shake Sugaree)
Artist : Po Girl
Album : s/t
Label : Hightone Records
8:35 PM
Fisherman’s Blues
Artist : The Waterboys
Album : Fisherman's Blues
Label : Chrysalis Records
8:39 PM
The Drowned Lovers
Artist : Nic Jones
Album : Penguin Eggs
Label : Topic
8:46 PM
Drowned Lovers
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : Hourglass
Label : Compass
8:51 PM
Wish I Had Stayed in the Wagon Yard
Artist : Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians
Album : A Collection of Mountain Songs
Label : County
8:54 PM
Paddy Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider
Artist : Bruce Molsky and Big Hoedown
Album : Big Hoedown
Label : Rounder
8:57 PM
Artist : Sierra Hull
Album : Secrets
Label : Rounder
9:04 PM
Ouside In
Artist : Chris Smither
Album : Train Home
Label : Hightone Records
9:08 PM
The Weather Inside
Artist : Beth Wood
Album : The Weather Inside
Label : self
9:12 PM
The City of New Orleans
Artist : Steve Goodman
Album : Folk Song America IV
Label : Sony Smithsonian
9:16 PM
Hard Road
Artist : Lucinda Williams
Album : Happy Woman Blues
Composer : Smithsonian Folkways
Label :
9:18 PM
Trouble Over Me
Artist : Tift Merritt
Album : Bramble Rose
Label : Lost Hightway
9:23 PM
The Carolinian
Artist : Chatham County Line
Album : Sight & Sound
Label : Yep Roc
9:28 PM
Foggy Mountain Top
Artist : Bill Monroe & Doc Watson
Album : Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980: Off the Record Vol 2
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:31 PM
Elzic’s Farewell
Artist : Hillbillies From Mars
Album : S/t
Label : self
9:37 PM
Louisiana 1927
Artist : Martin Simpson
Album : Prodigal Son
Label : Compass
9:42 PM
Railroad Bill
Artist : Etta Baker
Album : Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians
Label : Tradition Everest
9:45 PM
This Morning I Am Born Again
Artist : Lucy Kaplansky
Album : Reunion
Label : Red House
9:48 PM
On the Road Again
Artist : Canned Heat
Album : Folk Song America IV
Label : Sony Smithsonian
9:53 PM
New Orleans Stop Time
Artist : Memphis Minnie
Album : Mojo Workin': Queen of the Blues
Label : Columbia Legacy
9:56 PM
Seven Years
Artist : Karen Tween & Timo Alakotila
Album : May Morning
Label : Northside
10:04 PM
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : self
10:08 PM
Horseshoe Lounge
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Broke Down
Label : Philo
10:11 PM
Your Cheatin’ Heart
Artist : Hank Williams
Album : 40 Greatest Hits
Label : Polydor
10:14 PM
8th of January
Artist : Wolfe Brothers
Album : Old Time Tuning
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:18 PM
In the Pines
Artist : The Rhythm Rats
Album : Old-Time Music on the Air Vol 2
Label : Rounder
10:21 PM
Oh, Lonesome Me
Artist : Neil Young
Album : After the Goldrush
Label : Reprise
10:25 PM
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Soul Journey
Label : Acony
10:28 PM
Wayfaring Pilgrim
Artist : Ola Belle Reed
Album : Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music
Label : Rounder
10:33 PM
Bright Morning Star
Artist : The Oyster Band
Album : Rise Above
Label : Omnium
10:36 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : El McMeen
Album : Irish Guitar Encores
Label : Shanachie
10:39 PM
Sail Away Ladies
Artist : Odetta
Album : At the Gate of Horn
Label : Tradition Everest
10:42 PM
Cotton Eyed Joe
Artist : Terry Callier
Album : The New Folk Sound
Label : Prestige
10:47 PM
Blue Bossa
Artist : Tony Williamson
Album : Across the Grain
Label : Mandolin Central
10:55 PM
Artist : Joshua Bell / Sam Bush / Bela Fleck & friends
Album : Heartland: An Appalachian Journey
Label : Sony Classical


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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