This Old Porch™

Sundays from 3 to 6pm

This Old Porch is a show of traditional and regional mountain music, songs and ballads, contemporary old time, dance tunes and more. Folklorist John Fowler and award winning musician Carol Rifkin host this show that keeps the music of the mountains alive.

Thanks to Brooke Lauer from South Carolina, who designed the logo for This Old Porch.

A group of people singing

North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are home to a rich heritage of African-American gospel music in local churches, performed by singers and instrumental musicians who may be professionals, or who may simply love to lift their voices in Sunday worship. One such place is Texana, a historic African-American community in Cherokee County in the state’s southwestern-most corner. Texana has a longstanding gospel music tradition, associated especially with Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Man and woman dancing

Haywood County in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the heartland of a homegrown dance tradition—team square dancing, and its close relative, team clogging. Sam Love Queen, born in 1889 is often credited with being the founding father of this tradition. His Soco Gap Dancers performed for President Roosevelt and the Queen of England in 1939.

(The following thank-you CD's marked with "**" are in limited quantity and only available by calling 1-800-245-8870. All others are listed in our drop-down menu.)

Altan -- "The Gap of Dreams"

**The Press Gang -- "Fortune It May Smile"**

**Alan Jabbour and Stephen Wade -- "Americana Concert"**

Doc Watson -- "Live at Club 47"

**(Various Artists): "The Crooked Road: A Century of Heritage Guitar Music"**

Young boy playing guitar

The millennial generation has brought new energy and talent to mountain music. Young stars of bluegrass and old-time music such as Josh Goforth, Emma McDowell, and Bryan McDowell are doing their native North Carolina proud. And the generation younger than the millennials — Generation Z —is showing every bit as much promise to carry Blue Ridge musical traditions into the future. Among them are fiddlers Lillian Chase and Rhiannon Ramsey and flatpicking guitarist Presley Barker.

Earle Theatre

In the Blue Ridge, every county has its own musical heroes and history. The music of Surry County, N.C., is so popular among old-time music fans worldwide that if you visit a jam session in Barcelona or Tokyo, you’re likely to hear a fiddler play “Sally Ann” or “Breaking Up Christmas” in the Surry County style.  And you can hear Surry’s style firsthand at the Historic Earle Theatre, in downtown Mount Airy.