Music From The Front Porch

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fans have been tuning in to "Music from the Front Porch" for over 30 years. The tradition of folk, bluegrass, acoustic and western swing continues with hosts John McMillen and Mike Gowen. Hear the best of old and new musicians from Bill Monroe and Woody Guthrie to Alison Krauss and Chris Thile.

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January 11, 2014

10:04 AM
Old Cold Coffee on the Dashboard
Artist : Nickel Creek
Album : Here to There
ReleaseYear : 1996
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10:08 AM
Wrong Road Again
Artist : John Hartford
Album : Gum Tree Canoe
ReleaseYear : 2001
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10:10 AM
Buffalo Skinners
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Fiddler's Green
ReleaseYear : 2005
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10:16 AM
Love Will Find You Again
Artist : Claire Lynch
Album : New Day
ReleaseYear : 2006
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10:19 AM
Baltimore Blues No. 1
Artist : Deer Tick
Album : War Elephant
ReleaseYear : 2007
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10:22 AM
Artist : Joel Mabus
Album : Firelake
ReleaseYear : 1990
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10:27 AM
2014 James King Interview
Artist : Kate Lochte with James King
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10:42 AM
The Devil’s Train
Artist : James King
Album : Three Chords And The Truth
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10:45 AM
Fort Tobacco
Artist : Tony Rice
Album : The Bluegrass Guitar Collection
ReleaseYear : 2003
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10:50 AM
Road to Columbus
Artist : Noam Pikelny
Album : Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays BIll Monroe
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10:53 AM
My Last Song To Jenny
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : Carolina Jubilee
ReleaseYear : 2008
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10:56 AM
Red Haired Boy
Artist : Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Album : Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
ReleaseYear : 2007
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10:58 AM
Fiddlin’ Around
Artist : Mark O’Connor
Album : Heroes
ReleaseYear : 1993
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11:06 AM
The Late John Garfield Blues
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine
ReleaseYear : 2010
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11:10 AM
Long Monday
Artist : John Prine
Album : In Person & On Stage
ReleaseYear : 2010
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11:13 AM
On A Monday
Artist : Jerry Douglas
Album : Traveler
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11:17 AM
Streets of London
Artist : Tony Rice
Album : Church Street Blues
ReleaseYear : 1993
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11:21 AM
Artist : Casey Driessen
Album : The Singularity
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11:26 AM
Closing Town
Artist : Chatham County Line
Album : Chatham County Line
ReleaseYear : 2003
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11:30 AM
Bow For Blade
Artist : Brown Bird
Album : Fits Of Reason
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11:34 AM
Artist : Trampled By Turtles
Album : Duluth
ReleaseYear : 2010
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11:38 AM
Artist : Trampled By Turtles
Album : Duluth
ReleaseYear : 2010
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11:42 AM
Strong and True
Artist : Scott Nygaard
Album : No Hurry
ReleaseYear : 1992
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11:46 AM
The Heart of Saturday Night
Artist : Tom Waits
Album : The Heart of Saturday Night
ReleaseYear : 1989
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11:50 AM
Good Night Darling
Artist : Huckleberry Flint
Album : Good Night Darling
ReleaseYear : 2007
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11:54 AM
Gambling Barroom Blues
Artist : Nashville Bluegrass Band
Album : Twenty Year Blues
ReleaseYear : 2004
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11:57 AM
Uncontinental Breakfast
Artist : Casey Driessen
Album : Oog
ReleaseYear : 2009
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12:06 PM
Out With the Crow
Artist : The Haunted Windchimes
Album : Out With the Crow
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12:08 PM
Wanderin’ Heart
Artist : The Haunted Windchimes
Album : Out With the Crow
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12:11 PM
I Wish It Would Rain
Artist : Stray Birds
Album : Echo Sessions
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12:15 PM
The Hitchhiker
Artist : The Infamous Strindusters
Album : Silver Sky
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12:20 PM
Good Corn Liquor
Artist : Steeldrivers
Album : Reckless
ReleaseYear : 2010
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12:23 PM
Drums of War
Artist : Chris Cairns
Album : Hello Blue
ReleaseYear : 2007
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12:27 PM
Wabash Cannonball (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show)
Artist : Chuck Mead
Album : Back at the Quonset Hut
Composer : Jack Clark Smith
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12:31 PM
Potter? Field
Artist : Railroad Earth
Album : Railroad Earth
ReleaseYear : 2010
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12:37 PM
When You Need a Train It Never Comes
Artist : Amanda Shires
Album : Carrying Lightning
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12:41 PM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Rob Ickes
Album : Big Time
ReleaseYear : 2004
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12:46 PM
Hangin’ Around in Texas
Artist : W.B. Givens
Album : W.B. Givens
Composer : W.B. Givens
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12:50 PM
Bad Moon Rising
Artist : Druha Trava
Album : Good Morning Friend
ReleaseYear : 2006
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12:53 PM
Eyes Of A Child
Artist : The Gourds
Album : Old Mad Joy
Composer : Kevin Russell
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12:57 PM
Seagull (Fiskmas)/The Bad Day
Artist : Darol Anger & Republic of Strings
Album : Generation Nation
ReleaseYear : 2006
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9:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Western Kentucky Historian & Musician Featured on Sounds Good


WKMS hosts a special early-bird fundraising event with live string band music in Studio A for Sounds Good with Tracy Ross. One of the rotating hosts of Music from the Front Porch, Mike Gowen, joins in to introduce old-time string music of the Purchase Region with Nathan Blake Lynn and Josh Coffey, known through Bawn in the Mash and other groups. 

As part of today's special presentation, Nathan plays music from his historical music project titled The Places I Used To Know. The album features 10 original songs focused on Lynn’s experiences in the Jackson Purchase. All songs were written, performed, and engineered by Lynn at his farm in Heath, Kentucky. For more information visit

See a video describing the album and a special fundraiser premium after the jump.

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5:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Bluegrass Benefit for Tony Williams

Josh Williams on Music from the Front Porch

Interview/Performance with Josh Williams

There’s a Bluegrass Benefit Friday night, November 1.  A life-threatening infection put Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass’s Tony Williams in Vanderbilt hospital for a month and a half.  Tony’s home and better now.   His award-winning guitarist and vocalist son Josh Williams dropped in on Music from the Front Porch with Mark Welch last Saturday to talk about the benefit.

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3:34 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mexico to Maine: The David Wax Museum's sound collected in travel

"It in part comes from the Mexican influence, but most of the band didn't grow up in the northeast. I grew up in Virgina, David and Jordan are from Missouri. So you might also be hearing some of our southern roots."

The band David Wax Museum formed in Boston in 2007. They've since become hits at the Newport Folk Festival, won Song of the Year with “Born with a Broken Heart” and “Americana Artist of the Year” for the 2010 Boston Music Awards, and have starred in a mini documentary about their trip to China.

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ROMP 2012
10:50 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Fiddler Scott Moore on crossing borders and crossing genres

Scott Moore (right) and Gabe Witcher leading the fiddle workshop at ROMP 2011.

Scott Moore has been to Ireland, Ecuador, Poland, Australia, Canada, China, as well as around the U.S. playing his violin. He lives in Louisville now and plays fiddle for The 23 String Band- who will be playing at ROMP in Owensboro next week. Rose Krzton-Presson spoke with Scott about crossing borders, crossing genres, and where he’s looking to go next with his instrument.

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1:38 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Infamous Stringdusters play at Marathon Music Works

Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Chris Pandolfi (banjo) soundcheck before their show at Marathon Music Works.

The Infamous Stringdusters are touring Yonder Mountain String Band for the next two weeks. The 'Dusters just released their first recording from their independent label High Country Recordings called We'll Do It Live and will release their next album Silver Sky on March 12th.

Rose Krzton-Presson spoke with bandmembers before their show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville on February 10th about the newest albums, their festival circuit this year (including their very own Festy Experience), and being on the road with YMSB.