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 23, 2013

8:04 PM
I Fall Back
Artist : The Deadly Gentlemen
Album : Roll Me, Tumble Me
Label : Rounder
8:08 PM
Wake Me, Carolina
Artist : Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends
Album : Over the World Below
Label : self
8:11 PM
East Virginia Blues
Artist : The South Carolina Broadcasters
Album : Short Time To Stay Here
Label : Flaming Heart Records
8:16 PM
Durham’s Bull
Artist : The Kentucky Colonels (Clarence White)
Album : On Stage
Label : Rounder
8:17 PM
Whitehouse Blues
Artist : Muleskinner
Album : A Potpurri of Bluegrass Jam
Label : Warner Bros
8:20 PM
I’ll Have A New Life
Artist : South Carolian Broadcasters
Album : Short Time to Stay Here
Label : Flaming Hearts
8:23 PM
Radio Broadcast
Artist : Cousin Emmy
Album : Cousin Emmy & Her Kinfolk
Label : Kentucky Records
8:27 PM
Cornmeal Waltz
Artist : Guy Clark
Album : My Favorite Picture Of You
Label : Dualtone
8:33 PM
Boating Up Sandy
Artist : Joseph Decosimo
Album : Sequatchie Valley
Label : self
8:35 PM
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Hard Year Blues
Label : Flying Fish
8:38 PM
The Belll
Artist : The Olllam
Album : The Olllam
Label : Compass
8:45 PM
Rock Island Line
Artist : Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
Album : Jazz Heritage Series
Label : MCA
8:48 PM
Train on the Island / Golden Chain Tree
Artist : Big Hoedown
Album : s/t
Label : Rounder
8:52 PM
The Once And Future Carpenter
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : The Carpenter
Label : Universal Republic
8:57 PM
Across the Universe
Artist : Danny Gotham
Album : Luzerne
Label : self
9:04 PM
Artist : Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Album : The Best of Vol 2
Label : Shanachie
9:07 PM
Artist : Bela Fleck w/ Oumou Sangare
Album : Throw Down Your Heart
Label : Rounder
9:12 PM
Red & White & Blue & Gold
Artist : Aoife O’Donovan
Album : Fossils
Label : Yep Roc
9:16 PM
Dusty Miller
Artist : The New Deal String Band
Album : Blue Grass
Label : London
9:18 PM
Artist : Pete Morton
Album : Frivolous Love
Label : Philo
9:25 PM
Artist : Della Mae
Album : This WOrld Oft Can Be
Label : Rounder
9:28 PM
All Gossar (All the Young Men)
Artist : Troka
Album : Nordic Roots
Label : Northside
9:31 PM
Route 23
Artist : Chatham County Line
Album : Route 23
Label : Yep Roc
9:35 PM
Artist : Claire Lunch
Album : Moonlighter
Label : Rounder
9:39 PM
Gone, Gonna Rise Again
Artist : Kathy Mattea
Album : Calling Me Home
Label : Sugar Hill
9:42 PM
13 Questions
Artist : Seatrain
Album : Seatrain
Label : Capitol
9:47 PM
Gaelic Song
Artist : Old Blind Dogs
Album : Four on the Floor
Label : Compass
9:51 PM
Stranger Blues
Artist : Shelton Powe
Album : Carolina Blues and Gospel
Label : Music Maker
9:54 PM
Moon Goin’ Down
Artist : Stefan Grossman
Album : Country Blues Guitar Festival
Label : self
9:58 PM
June Apple
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Foundation
Label : Sugar Hill
10:04 PM
I’ve Got a Bulldog
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
10:07 PM
Indian Ate A Woodchuck
Artist : Rhys Jones / Jeff Miller / Jim Nelson
Album : All I've Got's Done Gone
Label : Vigortone
10:12 PM
Coo Coo Bird
Artist : Clarence "Tom" Ashley
Album : Greenback Dollar
Label : County
10:15 PM
The Birds Were Singing Of You
Artist : The Carter Family
Album : The Carter Family 1927 - 1934
Label : JSP
10:18 PM
I’ll Fly Away
Artist : Kathy Kallick
Album : My Mother's Voice
Label : Copper Creek
10:21 PM
Row Number Two, Seat Number Three
Artist : Willma Lee & Stoney Cooper
Album : Midnight Special, Vol. 2
Label : Country Music Group
10:24 PM
Artist : Shawn Colvin
Album : Live 88
Label : Plump
10:28 PM
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : self
10:33 PM
Wild Rippling Waters
Artist : Bill Staines
Album : Just Play One Tune More
Label : Folk-Legacy
10:37 PM
The Nightingale’s Song
Artist : Almeda Riddle
Album : Ballads and Hymns From the Ozarks
Label : Rounder
10:40 PM
Travelin’ Soldier
Artist : Dixie Chicks
Album : Home
Label : Open Wide/Monument/Columbia
10:48 PM
My Favorite Things
Artist : The Tony Rice Unit
Album : Backwaters
Label : Rounder
10:53 PM
John Barleycorn
Artist : Traffic
Album : Troubadours of British Folk Vol 2
Label : Rhino


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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