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 16, 2013

8:04 PM
Off She Goes
Artist : James Bryan
Album : Lookout Blues
Label : Rounder
8:06 PM
Off She Goes / Lily Boleiro
Artist : Gill Burns
Album : Women's Guitar Workshop
Label : Kicking Mule
8:09 PM
Speed the Plough
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : self
8:16 PM
Sun to Sun
Artist : Anna & Elizabeth
Album : Sun to Sun
Label : self
8:18 PM
Long Hot Summer Days
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : s/t
Label : Nonesuch
8:23 PM
Never Got Off the Ground
Artist : Alison Krauss
Album : Forget About It
Label : Rounder
8:27 PM
That Silvered Haired Daddy Of Mine
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : My Dear Old Southern Home
Label : Sugar Hill
8:31 PM
In The Ocean
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs From My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : StorySound
8:36 PM
Sittin On Top of the World
Artist : The Wandering
Album : Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here
Label : Songs of the South
8:38 PM
Sun’s Gonna Shine
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
8:42 PM
Brushy Run
Artist : Big Medicine
Album : Pine to Pine
Label : Yodel-Ay-Hee
8:45 PM
Going Home
Artist : Leon Morris
Album : Thing Today of My Home
Label : Patuxent Music
8:48 PM
Meeting is a Pleasure
Artist : Waterson Carthy
Album : Common Tongue
Label : Topic
8:52 PM
Ran So Hard The Sun Went Down
Artist : Otis Taylor
Album : Recapturing the Banjo
Label : Telarc
8:56 PM
Cluck Old Hen
Artist : Tommy Jarrell
Album : The Legacy Of Tommy Jarrell, Volume 1: Sail Away Ladies
Label : County
9:04 PM
Bridge of Glllass
Artist : The Olllam
Album : s/t
Label : Compass
9:10 PM
Wait For Another Day
Artist : Kate Campbell
Album : 1000 Pound Machine
Label : Large River
9:14 PM
Artist : Spider John Koerner
Album : Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Been
Label : Red House
9:17 PM
Let’s Go To Town
Artist : Memphis Minnie
Album : Vol 2: Early Recordings with Kansas Joe McCoy
Label : Blues Classics
9:20 PM
Still Not Home
Artist : Tift Merritt w/Simone Dinnerstein
Album : Night
Label : Sony
9:23 PM
Ain’t It Hard
Artist : Mance Lipscomb
Album : Texas Blues Guitar
Label : Arhoolie
9:27 PM
Don’t Cry Blue
Artist : Jonathan Edwards
Album : s/t
Label : Rhino/Elektra
9:30 PM
My Heart Is On the Mend
Artist : Larry Stephenson
Album : What Really Matters
Label : Compass
9:33 PM
Fisher’s Hornpipe
Artist : Fiddle Whamdiddle
Album : Old School Old Time
Label : Owl Mountain Music
9:38 PM
Artist : Putnam Smith
Album : Kichen, Love...
Label : Itchy Sabot Records
9:42 PM
Love Vigilantes
Artist : Laura Cantrell
Album : Trains and Boats and Planes
Label : self
9:47 PM
Lay My Burden Down
Artist : Aoife O’Donovan
Album : Fossils
Label : Yep Roc
9:51 PM
Turn Turn Turn
Artist : The Byrds
Album : Greatest Hits
Label : Columbia
9:55 PM
Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is a Season)
Artist : Pete Seeger
Album : Troubadours of the Folk Era Vol 2
Label : Rhino
10:04 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : De Dannan
Album : Song for Ireland
Label : Sugar Hill
10:08 PM
Pretty Saro
Artist : Iris Dement
Album : Songcatcher Soundtrack
Label : Vanguard
10:11 PM
Dark Hollow Blues
Artist : The Freight Hoppers
Album : Where'd You Come From, Where'd You Go?
Label : Rounder
10:16 PM
Coo Coo Bird
Artist : Clarence "Tom": Ashley
Album : Greenback Dollar
Label : County
10:19 PM
Artist : Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston
Album : Lost and Found
Label : Waterbug
10:24 PM
I Saw a Man at the Close of Day
Artist : The Crooked Jades
Album : The Unfortunate Rake Vol 1
Label : Copper Creek
10:27 PM
Artist : Brett Ratliff
Album : The New Young Fogies Vol 1
Label : n/a
10:31 PM
Daddy Sang Bass
Artist : Johnny Cash
Album : The Essential
Label : Columbia Legacy
10:33 PM
Cora Dye
Artist : Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
Album : Fine Times at Our House
Label : Ubiquitone
10:37 PM
Hit Em Up Style
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Genuine Negro Jig
Label : Nonesuch
10:41 PM
Sally Ann
Artist : The Pilot Mountain Bobcats
Album : Dance By the Light of the Moon
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:45 PM
Pork Fat Makes My Chicken Tan
Artist : Agenst of Terra (w/Mike Seeger)
Album : Fresh Oldtime String Band Music
Label : Rounder
10:53 PM
Hungry Heart
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : The Mountains My Baby And Me
Label : New Time Records
10:56 PM
Cajun Reel
Artist : Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D. L. Menard
Album : En Bas Du Chene Vert
Label : Arhoolie


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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