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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June 02, 2013

8:04 PM
Was It You
Artist : Joy Kills Sorrow
Album : Wide Awake
Label : Signature Sounds
8:07 PM
Artist : Putnam Smith
Album : Kichen, Love...
Label : Itchy Sabot Records
8:12 PM
I’ve Got a Bulldog
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
8:15 PM
Donna’s Got a Rambling Mind
Artist : Joe Thompson
Album : Family Tradition
Label : Rounder
8:19 PM
All Aboard
Artist : Donna The Buffalo
Album : Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday
Label : Sugar Hill
8:23 PM
Artist : The Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Steep Canyon Rangers
Label : Rebel
8:26 PM
The Letter
Artist : Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Album : On The Edge
Label : Fiddlemon/Compass
8:30 PM
Tear Stained Letter
Artist : Richard Thompson
Album : Hand of Kindness
Label : Hannibal
8:34 PM
Two-Step de Port Arthur
Artist : BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Album : From Bamako to Carencro
Label : Compass
8:37 PM
Drop The Charge
Artist : Club Boheme
Album : s/t
Label : self
8:40 PM
Born in the Country / Devil’s Dream
Artist : Mike Cross
Album : Born in the Country
Label : Mima-Mubo
8:47 PM
Buttermilk Road / The Arbours
Artist : Claire Lynch
Album : Dear Sister
Label : Compass
8:51 PM
A Satisfied Mind
Artist : Goose Creek Symphony
Album : Goose Creek Symphony - est. 1970
Label : Capitol
8:54 PM
Walkin’ West To Memphis
Artist : The Gibson Brothers
Album : Help My Brother
Label : Compass
8:57 PM
I Saw a Man at the Close of Day
Artist : The Crooked Jades
Album : The Unfortunate Rake Vol 1
Label : Copper Creek
9:04 PM
Windy & Warm
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Foundation
Label : Sugar Hill
9:06 PM
Bill Cheatam
Artist : Bryan Bowers
Album : For You
Label : Flying Fish
9:09 PM
Going To the West
Artist : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Album : Our Town
Label : Rounder
9:12 PM
Rosa’s Coronas
Artist : Kate Campbell
Album : Rosaryville
Label : Compass
9:17 PM
Little Darling Pal of Mine
Artist : Lucinda Williams
Album : Ramblin
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:20 PM
The Truth Is
Artist : Melissa Ferrick
Album : The Truth Is
Label : MPress Records
9:24 PM
Artist : James Taylor
Album : Flag
Label : Columbia
9:28 PM
Peg and Awl
Artist : Bruce Molsky
Album : Poor Man's Troubles
Label : Rounder
9:34 PM
Artist : Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt
Album : Night
Label : Sony
9:38 PM
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Sky Like a Broken Clock
Label : Rykodisc
9:44 PM
Artist : Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo featuring Frank Turner
Album : Fiels of June
Label : Xtra Mile
9:48 PM
Been All Around This World
Artist : The Highwoods String Band
Album : Feed Your Babies Onions
Label : Rounder
9:52 PM
Tom Dooley
Artist : Grayson & Whitter
Album : The Recordings Of
Label : County
9:55 PM
Medley Two: Simple Gifts / Three Ravens
Artist : Danny Gotham
Album : Sundays
Label : self
10:04 PM
All of My Days
Artist : Alexi Murdoch
Album : Time Without Consequence
Label : Zero Summer
10:09 PM
Lament For Tommy Makem/Within A Hen’s Kick/The Slippery Slope
Artist : Liz Carroll & John Doyle
Album : Double Play
Label : Compass
10:15 PM
Didn’t He Ramble
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III
Album : High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
Label : 2nd Story Sound Records
10:19 PM
He Rambled
Artist : Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
Album : Old-Time Songs Recorded From 1925 To 1930
Label : County
10:22 PM
Old Dan Tucker
Artist : Louisiana Honey Drippers
Album : 16 Down Home Country Classics
Label : Arhoolie Records
10:24 PM
You Better Get
Artist : Blue Ridge
Album : Side By Side
Label : Suar Hill
10:27 PM
Four Strong Winds
Artist : Neil Young
Album : Comes a Time
Label : Reprise
10:31 PM
Wind and Rain
Artist : Gillian Welch, David Rawlings & David Steele
Album : Songcatcher Soundtrack
Label : Vanguard
10:35 PM
Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
Artist : Billy Bragg & Wilco
Album : Mermaid Avenue
Label : Elektra
10:39 PM
It’ll Shine When It Shines
Artist : Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Album : It'll Shine When It Shines
Label : A&M
10:43 PM
Cherokee Shuffle
Artist : Adam Hurt
Album : Perspective
Label : Ubiquitone
10:46 PM
Fraternity Blues
Artist : Townes Van Zandt
Album : Live at the Old Quarter
Label : Tomato
10:50 PM
Ring Them Bells
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Follow Me Down
Label : Sugar Hill
10:53 PM
I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine
Artist : Ry Cooder
Album : Bop Till You Drop
Label : Warner Bros


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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