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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July 07, 2013

8:04 PM
Song For Greta
Artist : James Alan Shelton
Album : Song For Greta
Label : Rebel
8:06 PM
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds
Label : self
8:10 PM
Artist : Earl Scruggs
Album : I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends
Label : Columbia Legacy
8:13 PM
Lazy Kate
Artist : Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler
Album : Starry Crown
Label : Vigortone
8:16 PM
A Crooked Road
Artist : Darrell Scott
Album : A Crooked Road
Label : Full Light Records
8:21 PM
Down Under
Artist : Colin Hay
Album : Man @ Work
Label : Compass
8:24 PM
Country Blues
Artist : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Album : Blue Lightning
Label : Rounder
8:28 PM
I’ve Got a Bulldog
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
8:33 PM
Sweet Afton
Artist : Nickel Creek
Album : s/t
Label : Sugar Hill
8:38 PM
Bach: Bourrees I & II from English Suite No. 2
Artist : Bill Crofut & The Crofut Consort
Album : Lullabies and Dances
Label : Albany Records
8:44 PM
Aragon Mill
Artist : Si Kahn
Album : New Wood
Label : Philo
8:47 PM
Feather Bed
Artist : Gus Cannon
Album : Gus Cannon Vol 1 (1927-1928)
Label : Document
8:50 PM
Over The Road I’m Bound to Go
Artist : Uncle Dave Macon
Album : Nashville: The Early Years Vol 2
Label : County
8:53 PM
Down The Road
Artist : Sara Grey
Album : Back in the Airy Days
Label : Waterbug
8:56 PM
Oh My Little Darlin’
Artist : Mark Shatz w/Tim O’Brien
Album : Brand New Old Tyme Way
Label : Rounder
9:04 PM
No Place Like the Right Time
Artist : Donna the Buffalo
Album : Positive Friction
Label : Sugar Hill
9:08 PM
Light Enough to Find My Way
Artist : Jones and Leva
Album : Light Enough to Find My Way
Label : Rounder
9:11 PM
Artist : Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
Album : The Mountain
Label : E-Squared
9:17 PM
Pilgrim’s Knob
Artist : Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson
Album : The Mandolin Chronicles
Label : Pinecastle Records
9:21 PM
Chapel Hill Boogie
Artist : John Dee Holeman
Album : Bull Durham Blues
Label : Music Maker
9:23 PM
Shake Sugaree
Artist : Elizabeth Cotten w/Brenda Evans
Album : Shake Sugaree
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:28 PM
Ain’t Life Sweet
Artist : Po’ Girl
Album : Home To You
Label : Nettwerk
9:34 PM
Ticklebelly Hill
Artist : David Grier
Album : Panorama
Label : Rounder
9:40 PM
Time To Ring Some Changes
Artist : Richard Thompson
Album : Hard Cash
Label : Green Linnet
9:44 PM
Jednou Dloubo Spat
Artist : Sem Tam
Album : Long Journey Home
Label : IBMA
9:48 PM
Ridin’ That Midnight Train
Artist : Ralph Stanley & Iris Dement
Album : Clinch Mountain Sweethearts
Label : Rebel
9:50 PM
Let The Mystery Be
Artist : Iris Dement
Album : Infamous Angel
Label : Philo
9:54 PM
Rocky Pallet
Artist : The Skillet LIckers
Album : The Skillet Lickers Vol 4 (1929-1930)
Label : Document
9:57 PM
North Fork Of the Holston
Artist : James Alan Shelton
Album : Song For Greta
Label : Rebel
10:04 PM
Dawgy Mountain Breakdown
Artist : The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
Album : DGBX
Label : Acoustic Disc
10:07 PM
Broke Down
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Broke Down
Label : Philo
10:10 PM
Artist : Emmylou Harris
Album : Wrecking Ball
Label : Elektra
10:16 PM
Across the Blue Ridge
Artist : Phil & Gaye Johnson
Album : Look Around
Label : Aster Recrods
10:19 PM
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Artist : Kitty Wells
Album : Classic Country Music Vol 2
Label : RCA Smithsonian
10:22 PM
Prodigal Daughter
Artist : Eddi Reader
Album : Simple Soul
Label : Compass
10:26 PM
Prodigal Daughter (Cotton Eyed Joe)
Artist : Michelle Shocked
Album : Arkansas Traveler
Label : Mercury
10:33 PM
Old Dan Tucker
Artist : Rhys Jones / Jeff Miller / Jim Nelson
Album : Mississippi Square Dance
Label : Vigortone Records
10:36 PM
Uncle Ned
Artist : Wolfe Bros
Album : 2001: An Old-Time Odyssey
Label : Copper Creek
10:39 PM
Angeline the Baker / John Henry
Artist : Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Album : s/t
Label : Rounder
10:43 PM
Runs In The Family
Artist : The Roches
Album : s/t
Label : Warner Bros
10:47 PM
Oh, Lonesome Me
Artist : Neil Young
Album : After the Goldrush
Label : Reprise
10:51 PM
Over The Waterfall
Artist : Sean Watkins
Album : Let It Fall
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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