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 23, 2012

10:08 AM
Old Cold Coffee On The Dashboard
Artist : Nickel Creek
Album : Here to There
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label :
10:08 AM
Our Last Goodbye
Artist : Johnson Mountain Boys
Album : Blue Diamond
ReleaseYear : 1993
Label : Rounder
10:11 AM
What Made Milwaukee Famous
Artist : Del Mccoury
Album : A Deeper Shade of Blue
ReleaseYear : 1993
Label : Rounder
10:14 AM
Over There
Artist : Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Album : The Holy Coming of the Storm
ReleaseYear : 2010
Label :
10:16 AM
I’ll Always Be Waiting for You
Artist : Sierra Hull
Album : Daybreak
Label : Rounder
10:19 AM
Byron’s Barn
Artist : Byron Berline
Album : Outrageous
ReleaseYear : 1980
Label : Flying Fish
10:23 AM
Early in the Spring
Artist : Leah Larson
Album : Long Journey
ReleaseYear : 2004
Label :
10:26 AM
The Death of Bad Burch Wilson
Artist : Larry Cordle
Album : Pud Marcum's Hanging
Label : Shell Point
10:31 AM
Artist : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album : Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
ReleaseYear : 1972
Label : EMI Digital
10:31 AM
Too Late to Cry
Artist : Rock County
Album : Rock County
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rebel
10:34 AM
Whistles On The Trains
Artist : Laurel Canyon Ramblers
Album : Blue Rambler 2
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Sugar Hill
10:37 AM
Look What the Dog Brought Home
Artist : Jason Carter
Album : On the Move
Label : Rounder
10:41 AM
Tall Pines
Artist : Laurie Lewis
Album : Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Rounder
10:44 AM
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
Artist : Will Maring
Album : The Turning of a Century
Label : Roan Pony
10:47 AM
Wayfaring Stranger
Artist : Emmylou Harris
Album : Roses In The Snow
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rhino Records
10:51 AM
The Engineers Don’t Wave From The Trains Anymore
Artist : Lynn Morris
Album : The Bramble & the Rose
ReleaseYear : 1992
Label : Rounder
10:54 AM
You Are What I Am
Artist : JD Crowe & The New South
Album : J.D. Crowe & The New South
ReleaseYear : 1975
Label : Rounder
10:56 AM
O’Banion’s Wake
Artist : David Grisman
Album : Dawg '90
ReleaseYear : 1990
Label : Acoustic Disc
11:12 AM
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops Interview
Album :
Label :
11:12 AM
Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine
Artist : Carolina Chocolate Drops
Album : Genuine Negro Jig
ReleaseYear : 2010
Label : Nonesuch
11:15 AM
I Like the Way You Cook
Artist : Tim O’Brien
Album : When No One's Around
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Sugar Hill
11:18 AM
Midnight On The Higway
Artist : Hot Rize
Album : Hot Rize
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Flying Fish
11:20 AM
Little Monk
Artist : Russ Barenberg
Album : When at Last
ReleaseYear : 2007
Label : Compass
11:25 AM
Stars Fell on Alabama
Artist : Tara Nevins
Album : Wood and Stone
Label : Sugar Hill
11:28 AM
Artist : Old Crow Medicine Show
Album : Caroline
Label : Nettwerk
11:31 AM
With a Vamp in the Middle
Artist : John Hartford
Album : Aereo-Plain
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Rounder
11:34 AM
Keep ’Er Steady, Cowgirl
Artist : Chuck Pyle
Album : Step By Step
ReleaseYear : 1990
Label : Bee 'N Flower Music
11:38 AM
Huckleberry Hornpipe
Artist : Dan Crary
Album : Lady's Fancy
ReleaseYear : 1977
Label : Rounder
11:42 AM
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Artist : Abigail Washburn
Album : Song of the Traveling Daughter
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Nettwerk
11:45 AM
Sally Ann
Artist : New Grange
Album : NewGrange
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Compass
11:47 AM
Haulin’ My Way Back to You
Artist : Nathan Blake Lynn
Album : 2 Catfish & A Bluegill
ReleaseYear : 2008
Label :
11:50 AM
Billy In the Lowground
Artist : Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Album : Sleep With One Eye Open (Deluxe Version)
Label : Nonesuch
11:53 AM
Cry, Cry Darling
Artist : Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Album : Sleep With One Eye Open (Deluxe Version)
Label : Nonesuch
12:56 PM
Cheeseballs in Cowtown
Artist : Béla Fleck
Album : Tales From the Acoustic Planet
Label : Warner Bros.
12:05 PM
Milwaukee Blues
Artist : Red Clay Ramblers
Album : Merchants Lunch
ReleaseYear : 1977
Label : Flying Fish
12:08 PM
Memphis in the Meantime
Artist : Sam Bush
Album : Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride
ReleaseYear : 2000
Label : Sugar Hill
12:14 PM
The Old Home Town
Artist : The Seldom Scene
Album : After Midnight
ReleaseYear : 1981
Label : Sugar Hill
12:16 PM
The Far Side Of The Hill
Artist : the Greencards
Album : Movin' On
ReleaseYear : 2004
Label : Dualtone Music
12:19 PM
Gilbertson Road
Artist : Todd Phillips
Album : Todd Phillips, David Grier & Matt Flinner
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Compass
12:23 PM
Across the Rocky Mountain
Artist : Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
Album : Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
ReleaseYear : 2007
Label : Legacy
12:32 PM
Long Tall Texan
Artist : Lyle Lovett
Album : Road to Ensenada
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : MCA
12:32 PM
Heart Grown Cold
Artist : Mike Milazzo
Album : The World Outside
ReleaseYear : 2007
Label : Mighty Quinn
12:37 PM
Across The Black Prairie
Artist : Black Prairie
Album : Feast of the Hunters' Moon
ReleaseYear : 2010
Label : Sugar Hill
12:41 PM
Columbus Stockade Blues (Mama
Artist : Mama Said
Album : Take Root
ReleaseYear : 2008
Label : Americana Music Association
12:44 PM
Artist : Maura O’Connell
Album : Helpless Heart
ReleaseYear : 1989
Label : Warner Bros.
12:48 PM
The Crooked Line
Artist : Elvis Costello
Album : Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Hear Music (Starbucks)
12:52 PM
Artist : Bawn In The Mash
Album : Welcome to the Atomic City
Label : Family Claw
12:58 PM
Ostinato El Caminito
Artist : Black Prairie
Album : Feast of the Hunters' Moon
ReleaseYear : 2010
Label : Sugar Hill
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.