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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August 11, 2013

8:04 PM
Artist : Nic Jones
Album : Penguin Eggs
Label : Topic
8:10 PM
Lazy John
Artist : Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
Album : Live
Label :
8:13 PM
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn
Artist : Alison Krauss + Union Station
Album : New Favorite
Label : Rounder
8:18 PM
Oh, Farmer
Artist : Carly Ritter
Album : s/t
Label : Vanguard
8:22 PM
Johnny Booker
Artist : Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler
Album : Starry Crown
Label : Vigortone Records
8:25 PM
Willow On the Lake
Artist : Rayna Gellert
Album : Ways of the World
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
8:28 PM
The Fisherman
Artist : Leo Kottke
Album : 6- & 12- String Guitar
Label : Rhino
8:30 PM
Chance of Rain
Artist : John Gorka
Album : Writing in the Margins
Label : Red House Records
8:34 PM
Lonesome River
Artist : NewFound Road
Album : Live at the Down Home
Label : Rounder
8:39 PM
Watching the River Go By
Artist : John Hartford and the Hartford Stringband
Album : Good Old Boys
Label : Rounder
8:44 PM
L. A. County
Artist : New Vintage
Album : Sands of Time
Label : Pinecastle
8:49 PM
Step Inside This House
Artist : Lyle Lovett
Album : Step Inside This House
Label : Curb MCA
8:54 PM
Fare Thee Well
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Label : Compass
8:58 PM
Tin Roof
Artist : Steve Martin
Album : The Crow
Label : Rounder
9:04 PM
Carolina Breakdown
Artist : Etta Baker
Album : Railroad Blues
Label : Music Maker
9:07 PM
Artist : Kalama’s Quartet
Album : Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics
Label : Arhoolie
9:10 PM
Don’t Take Your Guns To Town
Artist : Jerry Douglas w/ Steve Earle
Album : Restless on the Farm
Label : Sugar Hill
9:16 PM
If I Could Be the Rain
Artist : Rosalie Sorrels
Album : Folk Song America Vol 4
Label : Sony Smithsonian
9:19 PM
Indian Corn
Artist : Bigfoot
Album : I've Got a Bulldog
Label : Yodel Ay Hee
9:23 PM
Shady Grove
Artist : Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Album : Shady Grove
Label : Acoustic Disc
9:28 PM
Old Folks at Home
Artist : Vern Williams
Album : Roots Music: An American Journey
Label : Rounder
9:32 PM
Little Cabin Home on the Hill
Artist : Ricky Skaggs
Album : Appalachian Stomp
Label : Rhino
9:36 PM
Little Musgrave
Artist : John Wesley Harding
Album : Trad. Arr. Jones
Label : Zero / Way Out Wes
9:41 PM
Out in the Country
Artist : Kristen Hall
Album : The Best of Folk Music
Label : Rhino
9:46 PM
The King’s Shilling
Artist : Mick Mcauley / Winifred Horan / Colm o Caoimh
Album : Sailing Back to You
Label : self
9:51 PM
Waltzing With the Angels
Artist : Nanci Griffith
Album : Poet In My Window
Label : Philo
9:55 PM
Pretty Saro
Artist : Cass Wallin
Album : Dark Holler
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:58 PM
Buffalo Gals
Artist : Aubrey Haynie
Album : A Man Must Carry On
Label : Sugar Hill
10:04 PM
Dropping Keys
Artist : The Levins
Album : My Friend Hafiz
Label : self
10:08 PM
Dark As a Dungeon
Artist : James Alan Shelton
Album : Dark As a Dungeon: Songs of the Mines
Label : Rebel
10:12 PM
After The Goldrush
Artist : Neil Young
Album : After The Goldrush
Label : Reprise
10:16 PM
These Gray Days
Artist : Coyote Grace
Album : Now Take Flight
Label : Mile After Mile
10:21 PM
Now’s The Time
Artist : Stephan Smith
Album : Now's The Time
Label : Rounder
10:26 PM
Hawks and Eagles
Artist : The Highwoods String Band
Album : Feed Your Babies Onions
Label : Rounder
10:29 PM
Cotton Eyed Joe
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : Anthology: The Colpix Years
Label : Rhino
10:32 PM
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Artist : The Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Rambler
Label : Sugar Hill
10:35 PM
Artist : Kathy Kallick
Album : My Mother's Voice
Label : Copper Creek
10:39 PM
Artist : Melissa Ferrick
Album : The Truth Is
Label : MPress Records
10:43 PM
Down the Mountain
Artist : RobinElla
Album : Americana
Label : Putumayo
10:47 PM
Artist : Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder
Album : Talking Timbuktu
Label : Hannibal
10:53 PM
Journey of the Sorcerer
Artist : The Eagles
Album : One of These Nights
Label : Asylum


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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