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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December 09, 2012

8:04 PM
Allons a Tepatate
Artist : Balfa Toujours
Album : Deux Voyages
Label : Rounder
8:07 PM
Angeline the Baker
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Hophigh
Label : Signature Sounds
8:11 PM
Must Be Sunday
Artist : Darrell Scott
Album : Long Ride Home
Label : Full Light Records
8:15 PM
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Artist : John Harbison
Album : Six String Christmas
Label : Adelphi Records
8:17 PM
Artist : Barry & Shelly Phillips
Album : Wondrous Love
Label : Gourd Music
8:20 PM
Artist : The Gravy Boys
Album : Crackerjack Whistle
Label : self
8:25 PM
Let the Mystery Be
Artist : Greg Brown
Album : Freak Flag
Label : YepRoc
8:29 PM
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow
Artist : The Soggy Bottom Boys
Album : Oh Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
Label : Lost Highway / Mercury
8:34 PM
Artist : Chuck Brodsky
Album : Radio
Label : Red House Records
8:38 PM
Cold Summer Day in Georgia
Artist : IIIrd Tyme Out
Album : John & Mary
Label : Rounder
8:42 PM
Unsquare Dance
Artist : Bill Crofut & Chris Brubeck
Album : Unsquare Dance
Label : Albany
8:45 PM
Let Your Banjo Ring
Artist : Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle
Album : All Under The Sun
Label : Flying Fish
8:50 PM
Up 18 North
Artist : Kruger Brothers
Album : Up 18 North
Label : Double Time
8:53 PM
New Favorite
Artist : Alison Krauss & Union Station
Album : New Favorite
Label : Rounder
8:58 PM
Christmas Is A-Coming
Artist : Leadbelly
Album : Sings For Children
Label : Smithsonian Folkways
9:04 PM
Pink Moon
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Pink Moon
Label : Hannibal
9:06 PM
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : These Old Dark Hills
Label : Red House Records
9:09 PM
Alone in New York
Artist : Chatham County Line
Album : Sight & Sound
Label : YepRoc
9:14 PM
Artist : Richard Buckner
Album : Bloomed
Label : Ryko / Slow River
9:18 PM
Soldier’s Joy
Artist : James Price
Album : Fiddlin' The Old Time Way
Label : Rebel
9:21 PM
Christmas Eve
Artist : Heritage
Album : A Christmas Heritage
Label : Six Degrees
9:26 PM
Gaelic Song
Artist : Old Blind Dogs
Album : Four on the Floor
Label : Compass
9:30 PM
Coinleach Ghlas An Fhomair
Artist : Clannad
Album : 2
Label : Shanachie
9:37 PM
June Apple
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Foundation
Label : Sugar Hill
9:39 PM
Down on the Riverbed
Artist : Kate MacKenzie
Album : House on Fire Vol 1
Label : Red House Records
9:44 PM
Take Me Down to the Water
Artist : Neal & Leandra
Album : Stranger to My Kin
Label : Red House Records
9:50 PM
The One I Left Behind
Artist : Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer
Album : Music for Two
Label : Sony Classical
9:54 PM
Come Thou Fount
Artist : Kate Campbell
Album : Wandering Strange
Label : Eminent Records
9:58 PM
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Artist : Jeomy Wilson
Album : Gifts, Volume 2
Label : Dargason Music
10:04 PM
Artist : Beth Nielsen Chapman
Album : Greatest Hits
Label : Reprise
10:09 PM
Leaving Eden
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Leaving Eden
Label : Nonesuch
10:14 PM
Pikeville Flood
Artist : Blue Highway
Album : Midnight Storm
Label : Rebel
10:16 PM
New Orleans
Artist : Emmylou Harris
Album : Hard Bargain
Label : Nonesuch
10:20 PM
When the Levee Breaks
Artist : Memphis Minnue & Kansas Joe
Album : Queen of the Blues
Label : Columbia Legacy
10:23 PM
Sunset on Louisianne
Artist : Hart Rouge
Album : Beaupre's Home
Label : Red House Records
10:30 PM
Nancy Ann / Hey, John D., Where’d You Get Your Britches?
Artist : John McCutcheon
Album : Fine Times at Our House
Label : Greenhays
10:33 PM
Honky Tonkin’
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Label : EMI America
10:36 PM
Slingo Creek
Artist : AL Petteway
Album : Caledon Wood
Label : Maggie's Music
10:40 PM
Ice Worms
Artist : Swap
Album : [sic]
Label : Northside
10:45 PM
Christmas Time’s A -Coming
Artist : Bill Monroe
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
10:48 PM
Rock of Ages
Artist : Marc Cohn
Album : Festival of Light
Label : Island
10:54 PM
Dueling Banjos
Artist : Eric Weissberg
Album : Folk Song America
Label : Smithsonian / Sony
10:57 PM
Quit That Tickin’ Me
Artist : The Blue Sky Boys
Album : In Concert, 1964
Label : Rounder


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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