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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October 05, 2013

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
Me and My Guitar
Artist : Tony Rice
Album : Night Flyer - The Singer-Songwriter Collection
ReleaseYear : 2008
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10:12 AM
Your Forever Blue
Artist : Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
Album : The Mountain
ReleaseYear : 1999
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10:14 AM
Ashland Breakdown
Artist : Noam Pikelny
Album : Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays BIll Monroe
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10:18 AM
The Well
Artist : Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Album : Memories And Moments
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10:21 AM
The Devil Ain’t Lazy
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Pokey LaFarge
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10:24 AM
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
Artist : Noam Pikelny
Album : Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays BIll Monroe
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10:28 AM
The Biggest Whatever
Artist : The Dillards
Album : Wheatstraw Suite
ReleaseYear : 2005
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10:31 AM
Unwanted Love
Artist : Del McCoury & David Grisman
Album : Del & Dawg
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10:33 AM
Train On The Island
Artist : Todd Phillips
Album : In the Pines
ReleaseYear : 1995
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10:36 AM
Dead Man Walking
Artist : John McCutcheon & Tom Chapin
Album : Doing Our Job
ReleaseYear : 1997
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10:41 AM
Railroad Bill
Artist : Hobart Smith
Album : Portraits: Hobart Smith: Blue Ridge Legacy
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10:44 AM
Blue Mountain Melody
Artist : Larry Sparks
Album : Almost Home
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10:47 AM
Jerusalem Ridge
Artist : Noam Pikelny
Album : Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays BIll Monroe
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10:52 AM
Coffee’s Cold
Artist : Abigail Washburn
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ReleaseYear : 2005
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10:55 AM
Clear Skies
Artist : Don Reno & Red Smiley
Album : The Very Best Of
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10:56 AM
Cattle in the Cane / Forked Deer / Monroe’s Hornpipe
Artist : David Bromberg
Album : Only Slightly Mad
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11:06 AM
Keep Me Around
Artist : The Wood Brothers
Album : The Muse
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11:09 AM
The Muse
Artist : The Wood Brothers
Album : The Muse
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11:12 AM
I Got Loaded
Artist : The Wood Brothers
Album : The Muse
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11:16 AM
Dawg Funk
Artist : David Grisman
Album : Mondo Mando
ReleaseYear : 2010
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11:21 AM
Freight Train Boogie
Artist : Doc Watson
Album : The Elementary Doctor Watson!
ReleaseYear : 1972
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11:24 AM
Earl’s Breakdown
Artist : Eric Weissberg
Album : The Banjo Story Vol. 1 (Digitally Remastered)
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11:25 AM
Artist : Bethany Dick
Album : This Beautiful Life
ReleaseYear : 2006
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11:29 AM
Look On And Cry
Artist : Ralph Stanley
Album : Ralph Stanley
ReleaseYear : 2002
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11:33 AM
Artist : Tangleweed
Album : Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals
ReleaseYear : 2008
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11:35 AM
Love and Happiness for You
Artist : Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Album : All the Roadrunning
ReleaseYear : 2006
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11:39 AM
Standing Room Only
Artist : Josh Crowe & David Mclaughlin
Album : Going Back
ReleaseYear : 1994
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11:42 AM
Stephen Ireland
Artist : The Bullas
Album : Set Apart
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11:46 AM
Moses Don’t Get Lost
Artist : The Duhks
Album : Migrations
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11:49 AM
Smoking Gun
Artist : The Tennessee Boltsmokers
Album : Hydroradio
ReleaseYear : 2006
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11:52 AM
Train Whistle Blues
Artist : Bob Everhart
Album : Everhart
ReleaseYear : 1978
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11:53 AM
Lacy Brown
Artist : Foghorn Stringband
Album : Rattlesnake Tidal Wave
ReleaseYear : 2002
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11:56 AM
The Violet and the Emergency Lilly
Artist : Tim May & Dan Knowles
Album : A Cure for Gravity
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12:06 PM
Fuel The Fire
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Build Me Up From Bones
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12:09 PM
Mile On The Moon
Artist : Sarah Jarosz
Album : Build Me Up From Bones
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12:13 PM
Lord, Lay Down My Ball & Chain
Artist : The Dixie Bee-Liners
Album : Ripe
ReleaseYear : 2008
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12:16 PM
Artist : Richard Buckner
Album : Dents And Shells
ReleaseYear : 2004
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12:18 PM
Lock the Door Christina
Artist : Joe Pug
Album : In the Meantime - EP
ReleaseYear : 2010
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12:21 PM
Cedar Hill
Artist : David Grisman
Album : Mondo Mando
ReleaseYear : 2010
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12:25 PM
Knock Knock!
Artist : Dan Tyminski
Album : Wheels
ReleaseYear : 2008
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12:27 PM
Stealin’ My Time
Artist : Peter Rowan
Album : The Old School
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12:30 PM
Come Dance
Artist : The Steep Canyon Rangers
Album : Tell The Ones I Love
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12:33 PM
Darkness And Light
Artist : Yonder Mountain String Band
Album : Elevation
ReleaseYear : 1999
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12:38 PM
Angeline the Baker/John Henry
Artist : Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
Album : Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell
ReleaseYear : 1999
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12:42 PM
We’re All In This Together
Artist : Old Crow Medicine Show
Album : O.C.M.S.
ReleaseYear : 2004
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12:47 PM
Right Behind Me
Artist : John Mellencamp
Album : No Better Than This
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12:51 PM
Mr. Lee
Artist : Willie Sugarcapps
Album : Willie Sugarcapps
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12:54 PM
A Lot of Moving
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : Country Was
ReleaseYear : 2002
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12:56 PM
House of the Rising Sun
Artist : Tony Rice Unit
Album : Unit of Measure
ReleaseYear : 2000
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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.