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.

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.