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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June 09, 2012

10:05 AM
Philadelphia Lawyer
Artist : Larry Stephenson
Album : What Really Matters
Catalog : Compass 745812
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10:08 AM
The Seashores of Old Mexico
Artist : Larry Stephenson
Album : What Really Matters
Catalog : Compass 745812
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10:12 AM
Muddy Waters
Artist : Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Album : New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches
Catalog : RUR 1099
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10:16 AM
Bending Blades
Artist : Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein
Album : Home From the Mills
Catalog : REB CD 1843
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10:19 AM
Home From the Mills
Artist : Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein
Album : Home From the Mills
Catalog : REB CD 1843
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10:20 AM
Lantern Bay Inn
Artist : Chris Stuart & Backcountry
Album : Crooked Man
Catalog : BCK 842
Label : Backcountry Music
10:24 AM
Artist : Chris Stuart & Backcountry
Album : Crooked Man
Catalog : BCK 842
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10:32 AM
Freight Train Boogie
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : Elementary Doc Watson
Catalog : 3812
Label : Sugar Hill
10:33 AM
Cannonball Blues
Artist : Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan
Album : Yonder
Catalog : SHCD 3847
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10:38 AM
This Train Keeps Rolling Along
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Acoustic
Catalog : 28169
Label : Liberty Records
10:42 AM
Train That Never Slows Down
Artist : Chris Jones
Album : Lost Souls & Free Spirits
Catalog : REB CD 7518
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10:46 AM
Mystery Train
Artist : The Grascals
Album : Life Finds a Way
Catalog : MH13902
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10:49 AM
Long Black Train
Artist : Jim Hurst
Album : Intrepid
Catalog : NN Guido Music
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10:56 AM
Ghost Bound Train
Artist : Dale Ann Bradley
Album : Don't Turn Your Back
Catalog : Compass 745112
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11:12 AM
Catch 23
Artist : The 23 String Band
Album : Catch 23
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11:18 AM
Any Stretch of Blacktop
Artist : Nu-blu
Album : The blu-disc
Catalog : PRC 1176
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11:21 AM
Somewhere Down the Road
Artist : The Farewell Drifters
Album : Yellow Tag Mondays
Catalog : HS2K101
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11:25 AM
Water Under the Bridge
Artist : Newtown
Album : Newtown
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11:31 AM
Stay a Little Longer
Artist : Hot Club of Cowtown
Album : What Makes Bob Holler
Catalog : PRPACD014
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11:34 AM
Le Mer
Artist : Casey Driscoll
Album : Le Mer
Catalog : Patuxent 220
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11:39 AM
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Artist : The Quebe Sisters Band
Album : Timeless
Catalog : CD 0101
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11:44 AM
Angel Island
Artist : Peter Rowan & Tony Rice
Album : You Were There for Me
Catalog : Rouncer 0441
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11:51 AM
Quarter Chicken Dark
Artist : Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile
Album : The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Catalog : Sony 88697 841182
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11:55 AM
Artist : Sierra Hull
Album : Daybreak
Catalog : Rounder 0658
Label : Rounder
12:04 PM
This Old Road
Artist : Marley’s Ghost & John Prine
Album : Jubilee
Catalog : SAO210
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12:08 PM
It’s All Over Now
Artist : Marley’s Ghost & Old Crow Medicine Show
Album : Jubilee
Catalog : SAO210
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12:11 PM
Doin’ It On My Own
Artist : Jim Lauderdale
Album : Reason and Rhyme
Catalog : SUG CD 4070
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12:16 PM
Midnight in Montana
Artist : Bearfoot
Album : American Story
Catalog : Compass 745662
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12:20 PM
Between Midnight and the Dawn
Artist : Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Nobody Knows You
Catalog : Rounder 0649
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12:25 PM
Moonlight Midnight
Artist : Druha Trava & Peter Rowan
Album : New Freedom Bell
Catalog : Compass 742812
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12:30 PM
The Steeldrivers
Artist : Midnight Train to Memphis
Album : The Steeldrivers
Catalog : Rounder 0598
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12:35 PM
Let the Mystery Be
Artist : Greg Brown
Album : Freak Flag
Catalog : YEP2244
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12:39 PM
Lives Like Water
Artist : Paul Hadfield
Album : Our Lives
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12:43 PM
Artist : Catie Curtis
Album : Long Night Moon
Catalog : Compass 744362
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12:47 PM
Fair Beauty Bright
Artist : Laurie Lewis
Album : Skippin' and Flyin'
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12:51 PM
When This World Comes to an End
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : Cornbread Nation
Catalog : SUG CD 4005
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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.