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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March 03, 2013

8:04 PM
Ghosts That We Knew
Artist : Mumford & Sons
Album : Babel
Label : Island / Glassnote
8:09 PM
A Man Must Carry On
Artist : Aubrey Haynie
Album : A Man Must Carry On
Label : Sugar Hill
8:13 PM
I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight
Artist : Richard & Linda Thompson
Album : I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight
Label : Carthage
8:16 PM
Artist : David Wilcox
Album : Vista
Label : What Are Records?
8:21 PM
North Country
Artist : The Wandering Ramblers
Album : Marimac: Deep in Old-Time Music
Label : Marimac / Rounder
8:23 PM
Facing the Rain
Artist : Polecat Creek
Album : Ordinary Seasons
Label : Yodle Ay Hee
8:27 PM
Ain’t No Use In You High Hattin’ Me
Artist : Clint Howard, Fred Price & Their Sons
Album : The Ballad of Finley Preston
Label : Rounder
8:29 PM
Down the Road
Artist : Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
Album : The Complete Mercury Sessions
Label : Mercury
8:32 PM
Leather Wing Bat
Artist : Spider John Koerner
Album : Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Been
Label : Red House
8:34 PM
The Bird’s Counting Song
Artist : Elizabeth LaPrelle
Album : Bird's Advice
Label : self
8:36 PM
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Artist : Fuzzy Mountain String Band
Album : Mountain Music
Label : Rounder
8:39 PM
So Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Artist : HEM
Album : No Word From Tom
Label : Nettwerk
8:43 PM
Artist : Lambert and Nuttycombe
Album : At Home
Label : A&M
8:46 PM
Field Holler / Piney Woods / Lost Indian
Artist : Bruce Molsky
Album : Poor Man's Troubles
Label : Rounder
8:51 PM
Artist : Son Volt
Album : Trace
Label : Warner Bros
8:54 PM
Air Play
Artist : Outback
Album : Baka
Label : Hannibal
9:04 PM
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow
Artist : The Soggy Bottom Boys
Album : Oh Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
Label : Lost Highway / Mercury
9:08 PM
Amazing Grace
Artist : Bessie Jones
Album : So Glad I'm Here: Songs and Games from the Georgia Sea Islands
Label : Rounder
9:11 PM
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Roll Away the Stone
Label : Rykodisc
9:14 PM
Handsome Molly
Artist : Wayne Henderson
Album : W.C. Henderson & Company
Label : Hay Holler
9:17 PM
Good Monday Blues
Artist : Si Kahn
Album : Home
Label : Flying Fish
9:19 PM
My Epitaph
Artist : Ola Belle Reed
Album : Mountain Journey
Label : Rounder
9:22 PM
Tread Softly
Artist : Grada
Album : The Landing Step
Label : Compass
9:26 PM
Down From The Mountain
Artist : Robinella
Album : Solace For the Lonely
Label : Dualtone
9:29 PM
I Want to Be a Tree
Artist : Bruce Piephoff
Album : Deep River Anthology
Label : Flyin' Cloud
9:32 PM
Sur Le Courtableau
Artist : Nathan Abshire
Album : A Cajun Legend...The Best of
Label : Swallow
9:35 PM
La Vile des Manteau
Artist : Heritage / Darol Anger
Album : Heritage
Label : Island / Six Degrees
9:41 PM
Runway Lights
Artist : Richard Tillinghast
Album : Men and Their Machines
Label : self
9:46 PM
Never Got Off the Ground
Artist : Alison Krauss
Album : Forget About It
Label : Rounder
9:50 PM
Wayfaring Pilgrim
Artist : Darrell Scott / Danny Thompson / Kenny Malone
Album : Live in NC
Label : Full Light Records
9:58 PM
Grey Eagle
Artist : The Pilot Mountain Bobcats
Album : Lady of the Lake
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:04 PM
Truckin’ My Blues Away
Artist : Blind Boy Fuller
Album : Tuckin' My Blues Away
Label : Yazoo
10:07 PM
That’ All Right
Artist : Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
Album : That's All Right Mama
Label : RCA Bluebird
10:10 PM
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Artist : Etta Baker
Album : Railroad Bill
Label : Music Maker
10:12 PM
Buckets Of Rain
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : Blood On The Tracks
Label : Columbia
10:16 PM
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
Artist : Eliza Gilkyson
Album : A Nod to Bob
Label : Red House Records
10:20 PM
Great High Mountain
Artist : Jack White
Album : Cold Mountain
Label : DMZ / Columbia
10:25 PM
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Broke Down
Label : Philo
10:29 PM
Ode to Billie Joe
Artist : Bobbie Gentry
Album : Classic Country Music III
Label : RCA
10:33 PM
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Artist : Kathy Kallick
Album : My Mother's Voice
Label : Copper Creek
10:37 PM
Cotton Eyed Joe
Artist : Leslie Keith
Album : Black Mountain Blues
Label : Briar Records
10:41 PM
Blood and Gold & The Universal Soldier
Artist : Bill Jones
Album : Turn to Me
Label : Compass
10:46 PM
Of Time and River Flowing
Artist : Pete Seeger & Friends
Album : Pete
Label : LIving Music
10:51 PM
St. Dominic’s Preview
Artist : Van Morrison
Album : Sult: Spirit of the Music
Label : Bottom Line


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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