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.

Country music came into the American mainstream with the Carter Family, but A.P. Carter relied heavily on African-American blues guitarist Lesley Riddle of Yancey County, N.C. In 1927, Lesley met A.P. in Bristol, Tenn. and helped the Carters collect the songs across Appalachia that would become country music classics. Now Burnsville pays tribute to the blues musician with annual Riddlefest.

Down the Road BRMT | Ep. 9: How to Join a Music Jam

Jun 14, 2017

In the Blue Ridge, you can find people gathered on any day of the week to play mountain music. Whether on a front porch or a festival ground, the most basic unit of mountain music is the jam session. Here’s a quick field guide to jam session etiquette, to help you get the most out of your tune time.

Click here to learn more about Jam Session Etiquette.

Down the Road BRMT | Ep. 8: What is Old-Time Music?

Jun 9, 2017
Tommy Jarrell
Photo: David Holt

The hills of Western North Carolina are home to traditional Appalachian music, but the roots of old-time music stretch all over the world, combining the music of the first European settlers in the Appalachians with that of the Africans who came to the new world as slaves, and elements of the musical traditions of the Native Americans. When you hear the blue notes and syncopation that fiddlers like Tommy Jarrell play in tunes like “Black-Eyed Susie,” you can hear that old-time music is a melting pot like no other.

Earl perfected the syncopated style of three-finger banjo picking, known as “Scruggs Style." In 1948 he joined Lester Flatt to form the Foggy Mountain Boys. Their theme to "The Beverly Hillbillies" made the Scruggs style famous worldwide.

Mount Airy was a mecca for old-time music long before Andy Griffith immortalized his hometown as Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." North Carolina's favorite native son, Griffith played tribute to the region's musical traditions, often playing on his show with the Darlings, a real-life musical family.

Celebrated as "the Ministrel of the Appalachians," Bascomb Lamar Lunsford was born in Madison County, N.C. He learned to fashion fiddles from goards at an early age and later mastered the 5-string banjo. A lawyer, teacher, fruit-tree and honey bee promoter by trade, Bascom would record over 300 sides of mountain music from memory for the Library of Congress. Bascom started the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville in 1928, which is now the longest continuing folk festival in the nation.

***"This Old Porch" host Carol Rifkin welcomes Lillian to the Air Studio on Sunday, June 4.  Tune in for this special segment!***

Sixth generation Western North Carolina native, Lillian Chase, may be young, but she’s no stranger to old-time and bluegrass music.  She began playing music at 6 years of age and now the 13-year old fiddler from Weaverville, NC will unveil her debut album.

Every April in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, we look forward to MerleFest, an annual gathering of many of the best roots musicians in America. Begun in memory of Doc Watson’s late son Merle, who performed with his father for many years, the festival grew from a one-man show on the back of a flatbed truck to a gathering of 80,000 music lovers on the campus of Wilkesboro Community College.
 

Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina
Photo: Vicki Dameron

ASHEVILLE, NC (April 11, 2017) – The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, an initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the North Carolina Arts Council has forged a new partnership with WNCW-FM at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, and the American Roots Music journal, No Depression.

He was known as the “Father Of Country Music” and “The Singing’ Brakeman” because he worked the railroads and was a brakeman for New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad. He was also famous for his yodeling.

According to historians, on April 18, 1927, he and a man named Otis Kuykandall performed on WWNC, Asheville, NC’s first radio station. A few weeks later, he recruited a group from Bristol, Tennessee named the Tenneva Ramblers and secured a weekly slot on WWNC listed as “The Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers.”

Locally Produced Shows Receive New T-shirts

Mar 26, 2017

We are excited to offer all new t-shirts for many of our locally produced programs.  The t-shirts were put together and printed by Recover Brands on Recover t-shirts.  We have limited quantities of these special shirts, so please call 1-800-245-8870 to pledge for your t-shirt.  They will be available through the end of the Spring Fund Drive, which ends April 1 at 7:00pm.

Program Shirts Include:

Special Guests on This Old Porch 11/20/16

Nov 18, 2016
Pretty Little Goat
Ken Voltz

Josh Carter of Pretty Little Goat (and possibly some other members) will join Carol Rifkin on "This Old Porch this Sunday just after 3:00pm to play and talk to promote their upcoming show.

Pretty Little Goat
Ken Voltz

On 4 p.m. March 13, 2016 Pretty Little Goat will join Carol Rifkin in the WNCW on-air studio for a special “This Old Porch Live” interview and tunes.  They will discuss the debut of their CD Pretty Little Goat and upcoming CD release party March 18 at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. A twenty-something group based in Brevard, their smiling, rhythmic feel and presence is fresh, instrumentally together and feeling the love. Pretty Little Goat is Tim Fisher on fiddle, J. T.

When you make a contribution today during This Old Porch (3pm - 6pm) you will receive the new This Old Porch program sticker.  Call 1-800-245-8870 or to pledge online, click here.

Join Carol Rifkin and John Fowler on Sunday Afternoons between 3pm to 6pm for This Old Porch.  This program brings you a blend of old-time and traditional dance music. 

To listen online, click here.

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