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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April 14, 2013

8:04 PM
Artist : Hillbenders
Album : Can You Hear Me?
Label : Compass
8:08 PM
Station Break/Turn Your Radio On
Artist : John Hartford
Album : Aereo-Plain
Label : Rounder
8:11 PM
Artist : Son Volt
Album : Trace
Label : Warner Bros
8:14 PM
The Galway Girl
Artist : Steve Earle
Album : Transcendental Blues
Label : E-Squared
8:17 PM
Irish Boy
Artist : Patty Griffin
Album : American Kid
Label : New West
8:20 PM
Wild Mountain Thyme
Artist : James Alan Shelton
Album : Half Moon Bay
Label : Rebel
8:23 PM
Riding the Danville Pike
Artist : Blue Highway
Album : Still Climbing Mountains
Label : Rounder
8:26 PM
A Long Way From Home
Artist : Richard D. Henry
Album : A Long Way From Home
Label : self
8:28 PM
When You Get to Asheville
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
8:31 PM
Lights in the Valley
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Mercyland
Label : self
8:34 PM
Oh My Little Darlin’
Artist : Mark Shatz
Album : Brand New Old Tyme Way
Label : Rounder
8:37 PM
Artist : John Prine
Album : John Prine
Label : Atlantic
8:40 PM
Down in the Woods
Artist : Malcolm Holcombe
Album : To Drink the Rain
Label : Music Road
8:43 PM
The Mountains My Baby And Me
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time
8:47 PM
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : self
8:51 PM
Streets of London
Artist : Ralph McTell
Album : The Best Of
Label : Koz Records
8:55 PM
London Town
Artist : Kim Richey
Album : Thorn In My Heart
Label : YepRoc
9:04 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Still Crooked
Label : Signature Sounds
9:06 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Stanley Brothers
Album : An Evening Long Ago
Label : Columbia Legacy
9:09 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Jimmy Martin
Album : Don't Cry To Me
Label : Thrill Jockey
9:12 PM
Poor Ellen Smith
Artist : Jerry Miller
Album : New Road Under My Wheels
Label : Signature Sounds
9:14 PM
Across the Rocky Mountain
Artist : Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
Album : s/t
Label : Legacy
9:20 PM
Shady Grove Gonna Blow
Artist : Chelle Rose
Album : Ghost of Browder Holler
Label : Lil Damsel Records
9:24 PM
Lament for Tommy Maken / Within a Hen’s Kick / The Slippery Slope
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
9:29 PM
New Orleans
Artist : Erynn Marshall & Chris Coole
Album : Meet Me in Music
Label : Hickoryjack Records
9:34 PM
For The Birds / Replenish
Artist : Claudia Schmidt
Album : New Goodbyes, Old Helloes
Label : Flying Fish
9:41 PM
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Artist : Whitetop Mountain Band
Album : Seedtime on the Cumberland Sampler 1990-1991
Label : JuneAppal
9:44 PM
Give Me Back My Fifteen Cents
Artist : Norman Blake
Album : Far Away, Down on a Georgia Farm
Label : Shanachie
9:48 PM
If I Could Fly Like An Eagle
Artist : Guy Davis
Album : You Don't Know My Mind
Label : Red House Records
9:51 PM
Frankie Jean
Artist : Memphis Minnie
Album : Complete
Label : Document
9:54 PM
Straw Breakdown
Artist : Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners
Album : s/t
Label : County
9:57 PM
Grumbling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman
Artist : Mike Stevens
Album : The World is Only Air and a Very Dangerous Hat
Label : Borealis
10:04 PM
Pulling Touch
Artist : Poi Dog Pondering
Album : The Best of
Label : Columbia Legacy
10:09 PM
Paul and Peter Walked
Artist : Salamander Crossing
Album : Bottleneck Dreams
Label : Signature Sounds
10:13 PM
Ragged Man
Artist : The Gibson Brothers
Album : Bona Fide
Label : Sugar Hill
10:17 PM
Old Dangerfield
Artist : Phillips, Grier & Flinner
Album : Looking Back
Label : Compass
10:22 PM
Yadkin River Blues
Artist : Jon Shain
Album : Times Right Now
Label : Flyin Records
10:27 PM
Saturday Sun
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Five Leaves Left
Label : Hannibal
10:32 PM
Pink Moon
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Pink Moon
Label : Hannibal
10:34 PM
Leaving Eden
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Leaving Eden
Label : Nonesuch
10:38 PM
The End of the Rainbow
Artist : Richard and Linda Thompson
Album : I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Label : Carthage
10:43 PM
Church Street Blues
Artist : Tony Rice
Album : Church Street Blues
Label : Sugar Hill
10:46 PM
Greenback Dollar
Artist : Clarence "Tom" Ashley
Album : Greenback Dollar
Label : County
10:49 PM
Seventeen Cents
Artist : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Album : Stay Awhile
Label : Rounder
10:54 PM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Eva Cassidy
Album : Songbird
Label : Blix Street


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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