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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May 05, 2013

8:04 PM
Living in the Country
Artist : Leo Kottke
Album : Circle Round the Sun
Label : Symposium
8:05 PM
Human Highway
Artist : Rebecca Frazier
Album : When We Fall
Label : Compass
8:08 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
8:11 PM
Don’t Get Above Your Raising
Artist : Flatt & Scruggs
Album : Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 1: The Golden Age
Label : Columbia
8:13 PM
Nothing Left of Me
Artist : Rita Hosking
Album : Little Boat
Label : self
8:17 PM
Artist : Alice Gerrard
Album : Bittersweet
Label :
8:21 PM
Theme Song
Artist : Doctor Ross, The Harmonica Boss
Album : Classic Harmonica Blues
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
8:24 PM
Cluck Old Hen
Artist : The Horseflies
Album : Until the Ocean
Label : Pest Control Records
8:30 PM
Artist : Joseph Decosimo
Album : Sequatchie Valley
Label : self
8:33 PM
Cotton Eyed Joe
Artist : Leslie Keith
Album : Black Mountain Blues
Label : Briar Records
8:36 PM
Winter’s Come and Gone
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Hell Amonth the Yearlings
Label : Almo Sounds
8:39 PM
The Story That the Crow Told Me
Artist : John Cohen
Album : Stories the Crow Told Me
Label : Acoustic Disc
8:42 PM
Devlish Mary
Artist : The Skillet Lickers
Album : The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol 2
Label : Yazoo
8:45 PM
Devlish Mary
Artist : Hot Club of Cowtown
Album : Dev'lish Mary
Label : Hightone Records
8:48 PM
En Timme I Ungern
Artist : Vasen
Album : Whirled
Label : Northside
8:53 PM
Artist : Norah Jones
Album : Feels Like Home
Label : Blue Note
8:56 PM
The New Custom House / The Flavor of The Month / The Tinkers Daughter / Dogs Among The Bushes / Pinch of Snuff
Artist : Solas
Album : The Hour Before Dawn
Label : Shanchie
9:04 PM
Artist : The Waifs
Album : Temptation
Label : Compass
9:07 PM
Good-bye To Carolina
Artist : Lyle Lovett
Album : I Love Everybody
Label : Curb MCA
9:11 PM
Red-Haired Mary
Artist : Dervish
Album : Midsummer's Night
Label : WHR
9:13 PM
I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight
Artist : Richard & Linda Thompson
Album : I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight
Label : Carthage
9:17 PM
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Artist : The Del McCoury Band
Album : Del and the Boys
Label : Ceili
9:21 PM
Artist : Natalie MacMaster
Album : In My Hands
Label : Rounder
9:23 PM
Wabash Cannonball
Artist : Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys
Album : Columbia Country Classics Vol 1: The Golden Age
Label : Columbia Legacy
9:26 PM
Wabash Blues
Artist : Hobart Smith
Album : In Sacred Trust
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:29 PM
Going To The West
Artist : Crooked Hollows
Album : s/t
Label : self
9:33 PM
Fair and Tender Ladies
Artist : Dave Van Ronk
Album : Inside Dave Van Ronk
Label : Prestige
9:39 PM
Better Than Staying
Artist : Rebecca Frazier
Album : When We Fall
Label : Better Than Staying
9:42 PM
Artist : Hem
Album : Eveningland
Label : Nettwerk Records
9:45 PM
I’ve Been Everywhere
Artist : Johnny Cash
Album : Unchained
Label : American
9:49 PM
The Ectasy of Dancing Fleas
Artist : Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Album : Penguin Cafe Orchetra
Label : EG
9:53 PM
If I Could I Surely Would
Artist : Bill Frisell
Album : The Willies
Label : Nonesuch
10:04 PM
Out on the Weekend
Artist : Neil Young
Album : Harvet
Label : Reprise
10:08 PM
East Tennesse Blues
Artist : IIIrd Tyme Out
Album : Back to the Mac
Label : Rounder
10:11 PM
Father Daughter Dialogue
Artist : Loudon & Martha Wainwright
Album : Grown Man
Label : Charisma
10:14 PM
The Mist Covered Mountain
Artist : Mark Knopfler
Album : Best Of
Label : Warner Bros
10:19 PM
Lonesome Road Blues
Artist : Stillhouse Bottom Band
Album : Bustin' It Up
Label : Joe Dog
10:25 PM
Mole’s Moan
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : Blues Songs Ballads
Label : Fantasy
10:28 PM
Artist : Lambert and Nuttycombe
Album : At Home
Label : A&M
10:30 PM
The Battle of Evermore
Artist : Led Zeppelin
Album : IV
Label : Atlantic
10:36 PM
Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Artist : Sandy Denny and the Strawbs
Album : s/t
Label : Hannibal
10:41 PM
Coo Coo Bird
Artist : Clarence "Tom": Ashley
Album : Greenback Dollar
Label : County
10:44 PM
If It Rains
Artist : Basia Balut
Album : Heart of My Own
Label : Rough Trade
10:46 PM
All Tomorrow’s Parties
Artist : June Tabor & The Oyster Band
Album : Freedom and Rain
Label : Ryko
10:50 PM
Down on Penny’s Farm
Artist : Natalie Merchant
Album : The House Carpenter's Daughter
Label : Myth America
10:54 PM
Sam I Am
Artist : Matt Flinner
Album : Latitude
Label : Compass


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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