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.

Samantha Biddix Bumgarner and Eva Smathers Davis hailed from Sylva, North Carolina and caught the attention of Columbia Records at the dawn of the country music record industry. In 1939, Bumgarner traveled to Washington DC with Bascom Lamar Lunsford to play for President Roosevelt and the Queen of England.

Down the Road BRMT | Ep. 12: What is Bluegrass?

Jul 13, 2017

It started in Kentucky but quickly caught on across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Back in the ‘40s and '50s, musicians started playing their old instruments in new ways with lots of giddy-up. From Earl Scruggs to Steep Canyon Rangers, North Carolina has laid claim to the top talents in blistering bluegrass music.

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.

Pages