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.

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.

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