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.

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OFFA REX -- The Queen of Hearts

USHER'S ISLAND -- Usher's Island

CRESCENT MOON ROUNDERS -- Ain't Gonna Get No Supper Here Tonight

RICHIE & ROSIE -- Nowhere in Time

Doc Watson’s signature baritone voice and unique lead bluegrass guitar licks became synonymous with traditional and bluegrass music. Born in Deep Gap, N.C., Doc lost his vision before his first birthday but never let his blindness slow him down, learning ballads and teaching himself harmonica, banjo and guitar. Since his death in 2012, Doc remains the most highly respected flat-pick guitar player in the history of traditional American music.

When English, Irish and Scottish settlers moved into Appalachia, they brought an ancient form of music with them – the ballad. The isolated mountains drew song collectors like Englishman Cecil Sharp. In Madison County, Sharp collected several hundred songs – including 70 from Jane Hicks Gentry from Hot Springs.

Roger Howell, Mike Hunter, and Brandon Johnson will be in studio to perform live and talk about the 50th annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival held October 6,7 at Mars Hill University. These three musicians have all performed at and been a part of the festival for years, and they will bring some the musical spirit of the festival as well as some of the exciting details and programming to celebrate the festival's golden anniversary.

For generations, fiddles and banjos have played a role in the music of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In turn, musicians who are Cherokee, or of Cherokee descent, have helped shape the sound of bluegrass and old-time music.

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