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 Weston
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 19, 2013

8:04 PM
Artist : Sandy Denny
Album : Sandy Denny
Label : Hip-O
8:08 PM
Later On
Artist : Tom Payne
Album : Ten Lucky Pennies
Label : Waterbug
8:12 PM
Letter From Down The Road / And Other Things
Artist : Della Mae
Album : This World Oft Can Be
Label : Rounder
8:15 PM
Down the Road
Artist : Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
Album : The Complete Mercury Sessions
Label : Mercury
8:17 PM
Whistlin’ Rufus / Ragtime Annie
Artist : Dan Crary (w/ Doc Watson)
Album : Jammed If I Do
Label : Sugar Hill
8:22 PM
Mama, Don’t Dog Me
Artist : Mance Lipscomb
Album : You Got To Reap What You Sow
Label : Arhoolie
8:26 PM
The Evening Train
Artist : The Crooked Jades
Album : The Unfortunate Rake Vol 1
Label : Copper Creek
8:30 PM
Traveling Alone
Artist : Tift Merritt
Album : Traveling Alone
Label : Yep Roc
8:35 PM
Hard Travelin’
Artist : Woody Guthrie
Album : Hard Travelin' - The Asch Recordings Vol. 3
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
8:40 PM
Wake Robin / Boatsman
Artist : Kenny Jackson & Friends
Album : Over the Mountain
Label : 5-String
8:43 PM
Artist : Winifred Horan
Album : Just One Wish
Label : Shanachie
8:47 PM
Storms Never Last
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : These Old Dark Hills
Label : Red House
8:51 PM
I Saw The Light
Artist : Hank Williams
Album : 40 Greatest Hits
Label : PolyGram
8:54 PM
Honky Tonk Swing
Artist : Mike Compton & David Grier
Album : Climging the Walls
Label : Rounder
8:57 PM
Cajun Rag
Artist : Hackberry Ramblers
Album : Jolie Blonde
Label : Arhoolie
9:04 PM
Less & Less
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Traveler
Label : Sugar Hill
9:07 PM
Jordan Am A Hard Road to Travel
Artist : Norman & Nacy Blake
Album : The Norman & Nancy Black Compact Disc
Label : Rounder
9:11 PM
Molly Put the Kettle On
Artist : The Mostly Mountain Boys
Album : Traditional Mountain Music
Label : L-Century
9:14 PM
Traveling That Highway Home
Artist : Red Clay Ramblers w/ Fiddlin’ Al McCanless
Album : s/t
Label : Smithsonian-Folkways
9:17 PM
Moon Shadow
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Label : Compass
9:22 PM
Calm The Storm
Artist : Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Album : Quicksilver Rides Again
Label : Sugar Hill
9:23 PM
Warmth & Beauty
Artist : Thad Cockrell
Album : Warmth & Beauty
Label : Yep Roc
9:27 PM
Sun’s Gonna Shine
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
9:31 PM
Before The Storm
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
9:35 PM
Mitady Kandra
Artist : Dama & D’Gary
Album : The Long Way Home
Label : Shanachie
9:41 PM
All The Pretty Horses
Artist : Rhiannon Giddens & The Elftones
Album : All The Pretty Horses
Label : self
9:46 PM
Wondering Where the Lions Are
Artist : Bruce Cockburn
Album : Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
Label : Columbia
9:51 PM
Homegrown Tomatoes
Artist : Guy Clark
Album : Keepers
Label : Sugar Hill
9:55 PM
A Chicken Ain’t Nothing But a Bird
Artist : Dan Sadowsky & The Ophelia Swing Band
Album : Swing Tunes of the 30s & 40s
Label : Buscuit City
9:58 PM
Artist : Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Rambler
Label : Sugar Hill
10:04 PM
Artist : Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers
Album : At the Ryman
Label : Reprise
10:07 PM
Three Signs Of a Bad Man
Artist : The Ollam (John Mcsherry / Tyler Duncan / Michael Shimmin)
Album : The Ollam
Label :
10:13 PM
The Mystery
Artist : Tommy Emmanuel
Album : The Mystery
Label : Favored Nations
10:17 PM
Night Drive
Artist : Garnet Rogers
Album : Alll That Is
Label : Red House
10:27 PM
Artist : The Hollow Rock String Band
Album : Traditional Dance Tunes
Label : County
10:29 PM
Keep Your Lights Trimmed and Burning
Artist : Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Album : Real Time
Label : Howdy Skies Records
10:34 PM
Cello Song
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Five Leaves Left
Label : Hannibal
10:38 PM
Danse Caribe
Artist : Andrew Bird
Album : Break It Yourself
Label : Mom + Pop
10:43 PM
Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
Artist : Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds
Album : The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 4: Ethnic Music Classics (1925 - 48)
Label : Yazoo
10:46 PM
Ida Red
Artist : Big Medicine
Album : Too Old To Be Controlled
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:51 PM
Don’t Take Your Guns To Town
Artist : Jerry Douglas w/ Steve Earle
Album : Restless on the Farm
Label : Sugar Hill


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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