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 17, 2013

8:04 PM
When You Get to Asheville
Artist : Steve Martin & Edi Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
8:07 PM
January Song
Artist : Billy Bragg
Album : Tooth & Nail
Label : Cooking Vinyl
8:10 PM
Tennessee Me
Artist : The Secret Sisters
Album : s/t
Label : Beladroit
8:12 PM
Wagon Wheel
Artist : Daris Rucker
Album : True Believers
Label : Capitol
8:16 PM
Artist : Julie and Adrian Shepherd-Powell
Album : The New Young Fogies Vol 1
Label : self
8:18 PM
Honey Baby Blues
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Trouble in Mind
Label : Sugar Hill
8:21 PM
Honey Babe
Artist : Ganstagrass
Album : Rappalachia
Label : Rench Audio
8:27 PM
Sunday Night Blues
Artist : Birds & Arrow
Album : Coyotes
Label : self
8:32 PM
Jack of Diamonds
Artist : Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Album : Carnival
Label : Blue Pig Music
8:35 PM
He Rambled
Artist : Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
Album : Old-Time Songs Recorded From 1925 to 1930
Label : County
8:38 PM
My Father’s House
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Nebraska
Label : Columbia
8:44 PM
Prettiest Little Girl in the County
Artist : Dirk Powell
Album : Time Again
Label : Rounder
8:47 PM
Say Darlin’ Say
Artist : The Dirt Daubers
Album : Wake Up Sinners
Label : Colonel Knowledge Records
8:48 PM
A Pound a Week Rise
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
8:53 PM
No Place Like the Right Time
Artist : Donna the Buffalo
Album : Positive Friction
Label : Sugar Hill
8:58 PM
East Tennessee Blues
Artist : Mike Compton and Joe Newberry
Album : Live at Brandywine Friends
Label : self
9:04 PM
Scarborough Fair / Canticle
Artist : Simon & Garfunkel
Album : Folk Song America Vol IV
Label : Sony / Smithsonian
9:07 PM
Artist : Moloney / O’Connel & Kean
Album : Best of BPM Vol 1
Label : Digital Chips
9:14 PM
Pretty Peg/Craig’s Pipes (Song And Reel)
Artist : The Bothy Band
Album : The Best of
Label : Green Linnet
9:18 PM
Fields of Gold
Artist : Eva Cassidy
Album : Best of BPM Vol 2
Label : Digital Chips
9:23 PM
Merry Go ’Round
Artist : Kacey Musgraves
Album : single
Label : Mercury
9:27 PM
Artist : Stone Soup
Album : Long Fields
Label : Rock in a Crock Music
9:33 PM
Walk Along John to Kansas
Artist : Troublesome Creek String Band
Album : Fast As Time Can Take Me
Label : County
9:36 PM
Music For a Found Harmonium
Artist : Patrick Street
Album : Irish Times
Label : Green Linnet
9:39 PM
New Railroad
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Shaken by a Low Sound
Label : Signature Sounds
9:42 PM
Banjo Pickin’ Girl
Artist : Coon Creek Girls
Album : Old Time Mountain Banjo
Label : Couty
9:45 PM
I Dream a Highway
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Time (The Revelator)
Label : Acony
10:04 PM
St Anne’s Reel / Jeff Davis
Artist : Hotpoint
Album : Steppin' On Cords
Label : Make 'Em Go Woo
10:09 PM
Waiting for September
Artist : Suzie Brown
Album : Heartstrings
Label : self
10:13 PM
Long As I Can See the Light
Artist : Ted Hawkins
Album : The Final Tour
Label : Evidence
10:15 PM
Artist : Creedence Clearwater Revival
Album : Creedence Country
Label : Fantasy
10:19 PM
The Broom of the Cowdenknowes
Artist : Cherish The Ladies
Album : The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone
Label : Windham Hill
10:24 PM
Girl From The North Country
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : The Freewheelin'
Label : Columbia
10:27 PM
Port na bPucai/Kilnamona Barndance/Ship In Full Sail/jer The Rigger/The Old Blackthorn/Exile of Erin/Humours Of Tulla/Fitzgerald’s Hornpipe/Rakish Paddy/Finbarr Dwyer’s Reel No. 1/P Joe’s Pecurious Pa
Artist : Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Album : Live in Seattle
Label : Green Linnet
10:56 PM
Artist : Dick Kimmel
Album : Fishin' Creek Blues
Label : Copper Creek


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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