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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January 13, 2013

8:04 PM
Border Radio
Artist : Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Album : Cheater's Game
Label : Premium Records
8:07 PM
Never Say Never
Artist : Max Gomez
Album : Rule the World
Label : New West
8:11 PM
Did You Hear John Hurt?
Artist : Tom Paxton
Album : New Songs From the Briarpatch
Label : Vanguard
8:14 PM
Pay Day
Artist : Mississippi John Hurt
Album : The Complete Studio Recordings
Label : Vanguard
8:18 PM
Beulah Land
Artist : Gillian Welch
Album : Avalon BLues: A Tribute to teh Music of Mississippi John Hurt
Label : Vanguard
8:23 PM
Katy Hill
Artist : Glen Duncan
Album : s/t
Label : OMS Records
8:28 PM
The Wagoner’s Lad
Artist : The Duhks
Album : s/t
Label : Sugar Hill
8:31 PM
Gone, Gonna Rise Again
Artist : Kathy Mattea
Album : Calling Me Home
Label : Sugar Hill
8:35 PM
Hicks’ Farewell
Artist : Stefan Grossman & Duck Baker
Album : Northern Skies, Southern Blues
Label : Shanachie
8:38 PM
Goodbye to Sorrow
Artist : Kelly Joe Phelps
Album : Brother Sinner & The Whale
Label : Black Hen Music
8:42 PM
Garden Valley
Artist : Cara Dillon
Album : After the Morning
Label : Compass Records
8:46 PM
Mother of Pearl
Artist : Dean Driver
Album : Late Boomer
Label : self
8:51 PM
New Railroad
Artist : Crooked Still
Album : Shaken by a Low Sound
Label : Signature Sounds
8:54 PM
Banjo Pickin’ Girl
Artist : Coon Creek Girls
Album : Old Time Mountain Banjo
Label : Couty
8:57 PM
Floating in the Balance
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Follow Me Down
Label : Sugar Hill
9:04 PM
North Carolina Breakdown
Artist : Hillbillies from Mars
Album : s/t
Label : self
9:07 PM
Artist : Johnny Cash
Album : The Man Comes Around
Label : Lost Highway / American
9:11 PM
Artist : Robin & Linda Williams
Album : These Old Dark Hills
Label : Red House Records
9:15 PM
Artist : Balfa Toujours
Album : La Pointe
Label : Rounder
9:18 PM
La Ville Des Manteau
Artist : Darol Anger & Friends (Heritage)
Album : Heritage
Label : Six Degrees / Island
9:23 PM
Our Lady of the Highways
Artist : John Wesley Harding
Album : The Confessions of St. Ace
Label : Mammoth
9:27 PM
Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : Our Lady of The Tall Trees
Label : self
9:31 PM
Mama’s Opry
Artist : Iris Dement
Album : Infamous Angel
Label : Philo
9:34 PM
Grand Ole Opry Song
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Will The Cirlce Be Unbroken
Label : EMI America
9:37 PM
Nashville Cats
Artist : The Del McCoury Band
Album : The Family
Label : Ceili
9:41 PM
100 Miles From Music City
Artist : Annie Gallup
Album : Courage My Love
Label : Prime CD
9:45 PM
Chapel Hill Boogie
Artist : John Dee Holeman w/ Taj Mahal
Album : s/t
Label : Music Maker
9:54 PM
Lock and Key
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : Sun Midnight Sun
Label : Nonesuch
9:57 PM
The Sparkling Fairy / Taro’s Blue Eyes
Artist : Winifred Horan
Album : Just One Wish
Label : Shanachie
10:04 PM
Kana vatsvena Vopinda
Artist : Machanic Manyeruke & The Puritans
Album : s/t
Label : Flying Fish
10:08 PM
Artist : Jim Ringer
Album : Folk Song America IV
Label : Sony Music
10:11 PM
Nothing For Nothing
Artist : James Leva & Purgatory Mountain
Album : Winkin' Eye
Label : Copper Creek
10:14 PM
Bonaparte’s Retreat
Artist : Hot Club of Cowtown
Album : Tall Tales
Label : Hightone Records
10:17 PM
I Feel Like Singing Today
Artist : Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Album : I Feel Like Singing Today
Label : Rebel
10:19 PM
Just Because
Artist : John Jackson
Album : Front Porch Blues
Label : Alligator
10:24 PM
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Artist : Shawn Colvin
Album : Cover Girl
Label : Columbia
10:28 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : El McMeen
Album : Irish Guitar Encores
Label : Shanachie
10:31 PM
Song For Ireland
Artist : De Dannan
Album : Song for Ireland
Label : Sugar Hill
10:36 PM
Dance in the Darkness
Artist : Darrell Scott
Album : Long Ride Home
Label : Full Light Records
10:42 PM
Our Town
Artist : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Album : Our Town
Label : Rounder
10:47 PM
When I Work Alone
Artist : Wendell Kimbrough
Album : Things That Can't Be Taught
Label : self
10:52 PM
The Last Snowfall
Artist : Vienna Teng
Album : Inland Territory
Label : Zoe Records
10:55 PM
Artist : JPP
Album : String Tease
Label : Northside


Music Reviews
11:07 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Johnny Cash's Columbia Catalog Out Now — As A 64-Disc Box Set

A new 63-disc box offers a complete retrospective of the Man in Black's storied career.
Sony Music

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:00 pm

In 1955, John R. Cash was a sometime auto mechanic, sometime appliance salesman who liked to play the guitar and sing, mostly gospel songs. The "R" in his name didn't stand for anything — and, in fact, he'd been named J.R. at birth and had to come up with "John" when he joined the Air Force. He'd spend the rest of his life reinventing himself.

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Music Interviews
10:21 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell: Harmonizing To That 'Old Yellow Moon'

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have been friends and collaborators since the 1970s. Their new album together is called Old Yellow Moon.
David McClister Nonesuch Records

Emmylou Harris' first solo album, "Pieces of the Sky," was released in 1975 after the death of her singing partner, Gram Parsons. The opening track on the album is a song called "Bluebird Wine," by a then-unknown songwriter named Rodney Crowell. She recorded two more of his songs on her next album, got him to join her band in the mid-'70s and now, after an almost 40-year friendship, the two musicians have recorded an album together called Old Yellow Moon. The two talk with Terry Gross about their long, enduring careers, their friendship, their influences and singing harmony.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

6 Tunes: Some Personal Faves I'd Like To Share With You

Keith Weston in the WUNC Back Porch library
Credit MelShoots

Every weekend it's my pleasure on Back Porch Music to share with you scores of selections from WUNC's wide-ranging folk music library.  It's always a musical adventure that I often find surprising and inspiring myself - and I hope you do, too. From fiddle tunes to singer-songwriters, the term "folk" applies to such a large range of sounds and textures.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:37 pm

You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For too many of us, Irish music is something that merely gets trotted out around this time of year, associated with St. Patrick's Day and the coming of spring — and made a cliche by commercialism and whatever other shallow notions make cliches what they are.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle

While many popular musicians today seek out the newest digital technology to enhance their performances, there’s a young musical duo from rural Virginia who are moving in the opposite direction. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle call themselves simply “Anna and Elizabeth.”  Both accomplished traditional Appalachian musicians on a variety of instruments, together they have resurrected a storytelling tradition called the “crankie,” whose technology outdates their combined age (which is 50).

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Back Porch Music
4:45 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Two Ticket Give-aways On Sunday's Back Porch

Credit Digital Chips

In addition to a pile of good music on Sunday night's Back Porch Music, you'll have the opportunity for two ticket give-aways.  Those are:

Karal Bonoff at the Carrboro ArtsCenter:

and The Gibson Brothers Brothers at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh:

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Celebrating The Man Who Recorded The World

Alan Lomax with James (Son) Thomas, Delta Blues Festival, Greenville, Mississippi, 1979. Photo by Bill Ferris.

Bill Ferris and Nathan Salsburg join Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss the legacy of Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax dedicated seven decades of his life to recording and distributing the sound of as much of the globe as he could reach. Beginning as a 17-year-old from Austin, Texas, Alan traveled with his father, John Lomax, to plantations, farms and prisons in the deep South.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Video: Doc Watson & David Holt Share Stories And Songs

For the first time since 2005, our friends over at UNC-TV will air a concert with Doc Watson and David Holt sharing stories and songs. The 1998 concert  features extended on-stage interviews with Doc Watson, relating the music to North Carolina and providing context and history.

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Arts & Culture
3:48 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Timeless Tunes and Toe Tappers: Best of Back Porch Music Vol 15 CD

WUNC Front and Song Listing

With 57 minutes and 52 seconds of goodness from Back Porch Music, here's a sampling of our Best of BPM CD offered during the WUNC fund drives. 

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Arts & Culture
5:15 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Back Porch Music - Picks for 2012 and Looking Back

I Draw Slow - Redhills

WUNC's Back Porch Music hosts, Keith Weston and Freddy Jenkins, join Eric Hodge to chat about this past year's memorable acoustic and roots music releases and to remember some of the important musicians who left us this year.

Picks mentioned in the conversation:

Artist - Album Title
I Draw Slow - Redhills
Midtown Dickens - Home
Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien - Live: We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
The Grass Cats - The Mountains My Baby and Me
Matt Flinner Trio - Winter Harvest

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