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 18, 2013

8:04 PM
I Fall Back
Artist : The Deadly Gentlemen
Album : Roll Me, Tumble Me
Label : Rounder
8:08 PM
Trees For Skies
Artist : Ruth Moody
Album : These Wilder Things
Label : Red House Records
8:11 PM
Santa Anna’s Retreat
Artist : Stephen Wade
Album : Banjo Diary
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
8:15 PM
If That Was Love
Artist : Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Album : Lonely Comes Easy
Label : Rebel
8:18 PM
Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Boy
Artist : Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Album : Love Has Come For You
Label : Rounder
8:21 PM
Goin’ Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains
Artist : Norman Blake
Album : Far Away, Down on a Georgia Farm
Label : Shanachie
8:25 PM
Peg & Awl
Artist : Elizabeth LaPrelle
Album : Lizard in the Spring
Label : Old 97 Wrecords
8:28 PM
High On a Mountain
Artist : Ollabelle
Album : Riverside Battle Songs
Label : Verve Forecast
8:32 PM
Dublin Blues
Artist : Guy Clark
Album : Dublin Blues
Label : Warner Bros
8:36 PM
Song the French Broad
Artist : Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Album : s/t
Label : Pinecastle Records
8:39 PM
Banjo Picking Girl
Artist : Cary Fridley
Album : Neighbor Girl
Label : Juba Records
8:43 PM
Pack Up Your Sorrows
Artist : Loudon Wainwright III & Iris Dement
Album : Bleecker Street
Label : Astor Place
8:46 PM
San Francisco Bay Blues
Artist : Jess Fuller
Album : Frisco Bound
Label : Arhoolie
8:50 PM
Calliope Meets Frank
Artist : Alasdair Fraiser & Natalie Haas
Album : Fire & Grace
Label : Culburnie
8:56 PM
The Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen
Artist : William Ackerman
Album : In Search Of The Turtle's Navel
Label : Windham Hill
9:04 PM
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Artist : Flatt & Scruggs
Album : Bluegrass Essentials
Label : Hip-O
9:06 PM
Artist : Matt Flinner
Album : Latitude
Label : Compass
9:10 PM
May You Never
Artist : John Martyn
Album : Acoustic Waves: Island 40th
Label : Island
9:14 PM
100 Miles From Music City
Artist : Annie Gallup
Album : Courage My Love
Label : Prime CD
9:18 PM
Sittin’ On Top of the World
Artist : Jack White
Album : Cold Mountain
Label : DMZ Columbia
9:22 PM
Sittin’ On Top of the World
Artist : Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Album : Hometown Blues
Label : Mainstream
9:24 PM
Sittin’ On Top of the World
Artist : Bill Frisell
Album : The Willies
Label : Nonesuch
9:28 PM
Say Darling Say
Artist : Dirk Powell
Album : Hand Me Down
Label : Rounder
9:32 PM
When First Unto This Country
Artist : Troublesome Creek String Band
Album : Fast As Time Can Take Me
Label :
9:35 PM
Black Jack David
Artist : Dave Alvin
Album : Blackjack David
Label : Hightone Records
9:40 PM
Counting The Hours
Artist : The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt
Album : Yep Roc
Label :
9:44 PM
Where I Fell
Artist : Robbie Fulks
Album : Gone Away Backward
Label : Bloodshot
9:48 PM
Home to Carolina
Artist : The Grass Cats
Album : Home to Carolina
Label : New Time Records
9:51 PM
Embryonic Journey
Artist : Richard Gilewitz
Album : Synapse Collapse
Label : Gillazilla Records
9:55 PM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Sam Bush & David Grisman
Album : Acoustic Disc - 100% Handmade Music Vol V
Label : Acoustic Disc
10:04 PM
From Me To You
Artist : Janis Ian
Album : Troubadours of Folk Vol 4: Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
Label : Rhino
10:07 PM
Darling Corey
Artist : Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
Album : Cluck Ol' Hen
Label : Fontana / Skaggs Family
10:15 PM
Artist : Jem Moore & Ariane Lydon
Album : O'Susanna
Label : Beacon Records
10:20 PM
Kidder Cole
Artist : Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Album : The Cornshucker's Frolic Vol 1
Label : Yazoo
10:23 PM
Crazy Love
Artist : Tina Adair
Album : Just You Wait and See
Label : Sugar Hill
10:26 PM
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Wishbone
Label : Philo
10:30 PM
Battle Cry of Freedom
Artist : Jacqueline Schwab
Album : Civil War (Ken Burns soundtrack)
Label : Nonesuch
10:31 PM
Big Rock Candy Mountains
Artist : Harry McClintock
Album : Bona Fide Bluegrass & Mountain Music
TrackNumber : 1
Label : BMG Heritage
10:34 PM
Artist : The Freight Hoppers
Album : Waiting on the Gravy Train
Label : Rounder
10:37 PM
Calico Train
Artist : Steve Martin
Album : The Crow
Label : Rounder
10:40 PM
Dance All Night With a Bottle in Your Hand
Artist : Uncle John Patterson with Ben Entrekin
Album : Everybody's Tuned To the Radio: Rural Music Traditions in West Georgia, 1947-1979
Label : Center for Public History
10:43 PM
Talkin’ About Good News
Artist : Kate MacLeod
Album : Constant Emotion
Label :
10:47 PM
Haste to the Wedding
Artist : Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
Album : Fine Times at Our House
Label : Ubiquitone
10:51 PM
Ballad of Eddie Klepp
Artist : Chuck Brodsky
Album : House on Fire Vol 2
Label : Red House Records
10:55 PM
Where Do The Children Play?
Artist : Cat Stevens
Album : Acoustic Waves: Island Vol 3
Label : Island


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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