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 23, 2012

8:06 PM
Here We Come A-Wassaling
Artist : Kate Rusby
Album : A Family Christmas
Label : Putumayo
8:09 PM
Gift For You
Artist : Noah Paley
Album : single
Label : self
8:14 PM
On This Christmas Day
Artist : Joe Newberry / Rhiannon Giddens / Laurelyn Dossett
Album : The Gathering
Label : Sycamore Road
8:18 PM
Chritmas Time Is Here
Artist : Shawn Colven
Album : Holiday Songs & Lullabies
Label : Columbia
8:20 PM
Christmas Eve
Artist : Steve Tilston
Album : Silently The Snow Falls
Label : Shanachie
8:24 PM
Christmas Time at Home
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : Beautiful Star
Label : Rounder
8:26 PM
Old Christmas / Good King Wenceslas
Artist : Sheila Kay Adams & Jim Taylor
Album : Christmas on the Mountain
Label : Granny Dell
8:30 PM
Breakin’ Up Christmas
Artist : Sweet Sunny South
Album : Wild'n Swingi
Label : Two Dolla Records
8:33 PM
Artist : Beth Nielsen Chapman
Album : Greatest Hits
Label : Reprise
8:38 PM
First Christmas
Artist : Stan Rogers
Album : Between the Breaks... Live!
Label : Fogarty's Cove
8:44 PM
Christmas in the Ashram
Artist : Chris Rosser
Album : The Holy Fool
Label : self
8:49 PM
Almost Day
Artist : Seeger Family
Album : American Folk Songs for Christmas
Label : Rounder
8:51 PM
To Heck with Old Santa Claus
Artist : Loretta Lynn
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
8:53 PM
Christmas Lullaby
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Sugar Plums
Label : Sugar Hill
8:55 PM
Once in Royal David’s City / We Three Kings
Artist : El McMeen
Album : The Soul of Christmas Guitar
Label : Piney Ridge
8:58 PM
The Snow Lay on the Ground
Artist : Kim Robertson
Album : Christmas Lullaby
Label : Gourd Music
9:04 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Sam Bush
Album : Tinsel Tunes
Label : Sugar Hill
9:08 PM
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Artist : Michael Doucet
Album : Christmas on the Bayou
Label : Swallow
9:10 PM
Nothing But a Child
Artist : Steve Earle & Allison Moorer
Album : to: Kate
Label : Western Beat Entertainment
9:15 PM
Christmas Story
Artist : John Henry Faulk
Album : Voices in the Wind - NPR
Label : NPR
9:25 PM
Christmas Time’s A-Coming
Artist : Bill Monroe
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
9:28 PM
When It’s Christmas in Virginia
Artist : Michelle Nixon & Drive
Album : A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'
Label : Pinecastle
9:32 PM
Christmas Eve
Artist : Sari & Mari Kaasmen
Album : Can We Have Christmas Now?
Label : Northside
9:35 PM
Reindeer Boogie
Artist : Hank Snow
Album : Hillbilly Holiday
Label : Rhino
9:37 PM
Reunion Song
Artist : Skaggs Family
Album : A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol 2
Label : Fontana / Skaggs Family
9:41 PM
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Artist : David Grisman
Album : Acoustic Christmas
Label : Rounder
9:48 PM
The Rebel Jesus
Artist : Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Album : The McGarrigle Christmas Hour
Label : Nonesuch
9:52 PM
The Christians And The Pagans
Artist : Dar Williams
Album : Mortal City
Label : Razor & Tie
9:56 PM
Artist : NewGrange
Album : A Christmas Heritage
Label : Compass
10:04 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : The Shankman Twins
Album : O Christmas Tree
Label : Rounder
10:07 PM
The Solstice Set
Artist : Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Album : A Fiddler's Holiday
Label : Rounder
10:12 PM
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Artist : Robert J. Lurtsema
Album : Christmas Stories
Label : Philo
10:16 PM
Here Comes Santa Claus
Artist : The Shankman Twins
Album : O Christmas Tree
Label :
10:20 PM
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
Artist : Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : Christmas In The Mountains
Label : Rebel
10:24 PM
On a Quiet Christmas Morn
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : The First Christmas Gift
Label : Red House Records
10:27 PM
Detroit December
Artist : Si Kahn
Album : In My Heart
Label : Philo
10:30 PM
Mary’s Boy Child
Artist : Jim Watson
Album : Christmas at the Cave
Label : Barker Records
10:34 PM
Breakin’ Up Christmas
Artist : Sheila Kay Adams & Jim Taylor
Album : Christmas on the Mountain
Label : Granny Dell
10:38 PM
One Good Year (Trumpet Mix)
Artist : Slaid Cleaves
Album : Holiday Sampler
Label : Philo
10:43 PM
The Christmas Song
Artist : Rhonda Vincent
Album : Beautiful Star
Label : Rounder
10:46 PM
Oh Tannenbaum / Angles We Have Heard on High / Jingle Bells
Artist : John Fahey
Album : The New Possibility
Label : Takoma
10:49 PM
Let It Snow
Artist : Leon Redbone
Album : A Family Christmas
Label : Putumayo
10:52 PM
Christmas Blues
Artist : "Washboard" Pete
Album : Mr. Santa's Boogie
Label : Savoy Jazz
10:54 PM
Silent Night
Artist : Harvey Reid
Album : The Heart of The Minstrel on Christmas Day
Label : Woodpecker


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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