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 12, 2013

8:04 PM
Black River
Artist : Lizzy Ross Band
Album : Read Me Out Loud
Label : Merdog Records
8:07 PM
An American Trilogy
Artist : Midnight Choir
Album : Frisco Mabel Joy Revisted
Label : Appleseed
8:12 PM
Snow Camp
Artist : Tony Ellis
Album : Farewell My Home
Label : Rounder
8:15 PM
Knoxville Rag
Artist : The Haints Old Time String Band
Album : Shout Monah
Label : self
8:18 PM
Tell Me Their Story
Artist : Alice Gerrard
Album : Bittersweet
Label : Spruce & Maple
8:22 PM
Something To Be Said
Artist : Susan Werner
Album : Hayseed
Label : Thirty Tigers
8:26 PM
Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Label : self
8:30 PM
Mama’s Prayers
Artist : Merle Haggard
Album : The Bluegrass Sessions
Label : Hag Records
8:34 PM
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Label : EMI
8:39 PM
Hello Grandma
Artist : Lyle Lovett
Album : I Love Everybody
Label : Curb MCA
8:42 PM
One Day At A Time
Artist : Yusuf
Album : An Other Cup
Label : Atlantic
8:47 PM
Come July
Artist : Judith Edelman
Album : Drama Queen
Label : Compass
8:51 PM
Ways of the World
Artist : The Freight Hoppers
Album : Waiting on the Gravey Train
Label : Rounder
8:54 PM
Glenuig Hall
Artist : Shooglenifty
Album : The Arms Dealer's Daughter
Label : Compass
9:05 PM
Dogs & Thunder
Artist : John Gorka
Album : Old Futures Gone
Label : Red House Records
9:10 PM
Unsung Psalm
Artist : Tracy Chapman
Album : Telling Stories
Label : Elektra
9:15 PM
Mother’s Only Sleeping
Artist : The Armstrong Twins
Album : Floyd and Lloyd - Mandolin Boogie
Label : Arhoolie
9:18 PM
Wayfaring Pilgrim
Artist : Ola Belle Reed
Album : Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music
Label : Rounder
9:22 PM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Eva Cassidy
Album : Songbird
Label : Blix Street
9:27 PM
Mississippi River Raft
Artist : J. D. Crowe & The New South
Album : Lefty's Old Guitar
Label : Rounder
9:29 PM
Till The Stars Came Down
Artist : Danny Carnahan & Robin Petrie
Album : Cut and Run
Label : Red House Records
9:34 PM
Year of Jubilo / Down Yonder
Artist : Lois Hornbostel
Album : Dulcimer Jubilee!
Label : self
9:37 PM
Southern Girl’s Reply
Artist : The Wolfe Brothers
Album : Old Time Tuning
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
9:40 PM
Whispers of Summer
Artist : Eliza Carthy
Album : Angels & Cigarettes
Label : Warner Bros
9:45 PM
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : Last Man on Earth
Label : Red House Records
9:49 PM
The Cruel Brother
Artist : Archie Fisher
Album : The Man with a Rhyme
Label : Folk-Legacy
9:55 PM
Mama Tried
Artist : Merle Haggard
Album : The Best of the Best
Label : Capitol
9:57 PM
Artist : Kalama’s Quartet
Album : Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics
Label : Arhoolie
10:04 PM
Raleigh-Durham Reel
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Dirt on the Srings
Label : S&P
10:06 PM
Singer’s Request
Artist : Golden Ring
Album : For All The Good People
Label : Folk-Legacy
10:09 PM
Artist : Pentangle
Album : Pentangling
Label : Sanctuary UK
10:17 PM
Coat of Many Colors
Artist : Dolly Parton
Album : Coat of Many Colors
Label : RCA Legacy
10:20 PM
If By Morning
Artist : The Pines
Album : Dark So Gold
Label : Red House Records
10:24 PM
North Country
Artist : The Wandering Ramblers
Album : Marimac: Deep in Old-Time Music
Label : Marimac / Rounder
10:27 PM
Darlin, Don’t You Know It’s Wrong?
Artist : Anna & Elizabeth
Album : Sun To Sun
Label : self
10:29 PM
Artist : Anonymous 4 w/Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
Album : Gloryland
Label : Harmonia Mundi
10:33 PM
Darlin Child
Artist : Sammy Shelor
Album : Leading Roll
Label : Sugar Hill
10:37 PM
Early Morning Rain
Artist : Gordon Lightfoot
Album : Gord's Gold
Label : Reprise
10:41 PM
Paint Creek
Artist : Tony Ellis
Album : Quaker Girl
Label : County
10:43 PM
Save The Whales
Artist : Country Joe McDonald
Album : Paradise With an Ocean View
Label : Fantasy
10:47 PM
Wildwood Flower
Artist : Sam Pacetti & Gabriel Valla
Album : Union
Label : Waterbug
10:50 PM
This Old Cowboy
Artist : Marshall Tucker Band
Album : Where We All Belong
Label : Shout Factory
10:56 PM
Northern Set: Le Tourment / Whitefish Over the Rapids
Artist : Joseph Sobol
Album : Citternity
Label : Kiltartan Road


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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