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Welcome to The Back Porch page!  Norm and Al will try to keep you up to date here on top acoustic/Americana albums and other major acoustic music happenings around the WVPE listening area.   We hope you'll stop back often!

PLAYLIST INFORMATION - You can go to this link - http://lists.psu.edu/archives/folkdj-l.html - to see our Back Porch playlists.  Just click on the week in question and look through the postings to find our playlist which will contain artist's name, song title and album title.

REQUEST LINE! - Call 574-674-8895 during The Back Porch to make a request.

Note:  We are often asked where the albums you hear on The Back Porch can be purchased.  Except for the very biggest name artists, most of the talent you hear on The Back Porch only sell their CD's at their performances and through their web sites on the Internet.  If you wish to purchase any of the albums listed below, do a search on Google or a similar search engine - entering the artist's name is usually enough to take you to a link to their web site.  This method often works by entering an album title, and sometimes even a song title or a line of lyric from a song, as well.  Another good place to check is at http://www.cdbaby.com/.

Top Albums of the Year

2013

Artist Album Title
Adrienne Frailey I Would Be The Sky
Amy Speace How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat
Brooks Williams New Everything
Brother Sun Some Part Of The Truth
Dailey & Vincent Brothers Of The Highway
Donna Ulisse Showin' My Roots
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen On The Edge
IIIrd Tyme Out & Russel Moore     Bluegrassed
James King Three Chords And The Truth
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys Reasons That I Run
Kennedy's Kitchen The Birds Upon The Trees
Kim Robins 40 Years Late
Mara Levine Jewels And Harmony
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally House And Garden
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line Carnival
Pharis & Jason Romero Long Gone Out West Blues
Red Tail Ring The Heart's Swift Foot
Robin & Linda Williams These Old Dark Hills
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Love Has Come For You
The Barn Birds The Barn Birds
The Black Lillies Runaway Freeway Blues
The Boxcar Lilies Sugar Shack
The Gibson Brothers They Called It Music
The Gloria Darlings Come Home To Me
The Steel Wheels No More Rain
The Steep Canyon Rangers Tell The Ones I Love
The Stray Birds    The Stray Birds
The Tillers Hand On The Plow
The Tuttles With A.J. Lee Endless Ocean
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Memories And Moments

2012

Artist Album Title
Bankesters, The Looking Forward
Bill & Kate Isles Still Beneath The Stars And Moon
Bob Amos Borrowed Time
Boxcar Lilies, The Heartwood
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West Our Lady Of The Tall Trees
Dana & Susan Robinson American Hornpipe
Dave Gunning No More Pennies
Davey O. Testing For Rust
David Hawkins Hello Mr. Death & Other Love Songs
Detour A Better Place
Disappear Fear Get Your Phil:10 Songs Of Phil Ochs
Donna Adler Stories To Keep
Honey Dewdrops, The Silver Lining
Jim Faddis One More Ride
John Lowell I Am Going To The West
John Wort Hannam Brambles And Thorns
Katie Dahl Leaky Boats And Paper Birds
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys Release Your Shrouds
Mark Houser & Bluegrass Drive Uneven Road
Neptune's Car Letters From The Road
Old Man Luedecke Tender Is The Night
Sandy Cash Voices From The Other Side
Special Consensus Scratch Gravel Road
Steel Wheels, The Lay Down Lay Low
Stray Birds, The Borderland

2011

Artist Album Title
Abbie Gardner Hope
Adrienne Frailey Definitely
Alison Krauss & Union Station Paper Airplane
Annie Lou Annie Lou
Bearfoot American Story
Brother Sun Brother Sun
Carolann Solebello Threshhold
Carrie Newcomer Before & After
Chris Thile & Michael    Daves Sleep With One Eye Open
Chuck Brodsky Subtotal Eclipse
Coyote Grace Ear To The Ground
Evie Ladin Float Downstream
Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest
Joel Mabus American Anonymous
Kasey Chambers Little Bird
Kate MacLeod & Kat Eggleston Lost and Found
Laurie Lewis Skippin' and Flyin'
Molasses Creek More Better
Patti Casey The Heart Of A Waiting Boy
Rachel Harrington Celilo Falls
Red Molly Light In The Sky
Red Tail Ring Mountain Shout
Spuyten Duyvil New Amsterdam
The Black Lillies 100 Miles Of Wreckage
The Hillbenders Down To My Last Dollar
The Once The Once
The Steel Wheels Live At Goose Creek
The Wailin' Jennys Bright Morning Star
Tom Corbett Tonight I Ride
Will White Rise Above

2010

Artist Album Title
3 Penny AcreHighway 71
Andrew & Noah Norstrand All The Good Summers
Carpenter & May Carpenter & May
Chris KokeshOctober Valentine
Claire LynchWhatcha Gonna Do
Corn Fed GirlsPapercuts
Darrell Scott A Crooked Road
David J. Simon Once Is Enough
Doug Spears Welcome Home
Forest SunHarlequin Goodnight
Franz Family The Tale You'll Never Hear
GradaNatural Angle
Jack Williams The High Road Home
Judy BergGallerys
Kruger Brothers Forever And A Day
Madison VioletNo Fool For Trying
Nathan Blake LynnWho Said The World's Fair
Neptune's Car Strawberry Moon
Pat Wictor Living Ever-Lovin'LIVE
Red Molly James
Ruth & Max BloomquistTurn Back A Page
Sarah McQuaid When Two Lovers Meet
Shannon Wurst What's More Honest Than a Song?
Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin It All Comes Back To Love
The Chapmans Grown Up (A REvisionist History)
The Honey Dew DropsThese Old Roots
The Once The Once
The Special Consensus35
The Steel Wheels Red Wing
Yvette LandryShould Have Known

2009

Artist Album Title
3 Penny Acre3 Penny Acre
Adrienne FraileyGoodnight To The Stars (Local Artist!)
Alan RhodyBoxcars Of Memories
Alecia Nugent Hillbilly Goddess
Annie & Rod Capps My Blue Garden
Bill & Kate IslesMatching Baggage
Bop EnsembleBetween Trains
Catie Curtis Hello Stranger
Chris Pandolfi Looking Glass
Dailey & VincentBrothers From Different Mothers
Dana & Susan RobinsonBig Mystery
Diana Jones Better Times Will Come
Donna UlisseWalk This Mountain Down
Emmitt Nershi BandNew Country Blues
Jaime Michaels Crooked
James Hill & Anne DavisonTrue Love Don't Weep
James KeelaghanHouse Of Cards
Jimmy GarrettI Am A Stranger
Joe Jencks Links In A Chain
Joel Mabus No Worries Now
Jonathan Byrd & Diana JonesRadio Soul
Jory Nash New Blue Day
Kat EgglestonSpeak
Kate MacLeod Blooming
Kennedy's Kitchen The Hotting Fire (Local Artists!)
Laurie McClain Ascend
Lovell Sisters Time To Grow
Matt & Shannon Heaton Lover's Well
Pat WictorSunset Waltz
Red Molly Love And Other Tragedies
Resophonics Last Long Winter
Rick Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved
Riely O'Connor & Molly B. Moon Who Knows When (Local Artists!)
Sam Bush Circles Around Me
Sara Watkins Sara Watkins
Sarah Jarosz Song Up In Her Head
Sons Of The Never Wrong On A Good Day...I Am
Special Consensus Signs
Tim O'Brien Chameleon
Tommy Byrd & Kathy Street Love Broke The Fall

2008

Artist Album Title
Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams Something 'Bout You
Ben BedfordLincoln's Man
Blue HighwayThrough The Window Of A Train
Carrie NewcomerThe Geography Of Light
Charlie HadenRambling Boy
CherryholmesDon't Believe
Chris Stuart & Backcountry Crooked Man
Cosy SheridanEros
Donal Hinely Blue State Boy
Gibson Brothers The Iron & Diamonds
Goldmine Pickers The Lonesome Gone (Local Artists!)
Helena Nash & Greg Greer Painting A Moving Train
Jamie Dailey & Darrin VincentDailey & Vincent
Jenee Halstead The River Grace
Kasey Chambers & Shane NicholsonRattlin' Bones
Kathy Mattea Coal
Kevin Lockhart & Bill BoslerWaterbound (Local Artists!)
Leela & Ellie Grace Where The Waters Run
Lucy KaplanskyOver The Hills
Mickeys The Walk Along
Pines The Sparrows In The Bell
Refugees The Unbound
Rhonda Vincent Good Thing Going
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 and 1947
Robin & Linda WilliamsBuena Vista
Still On The Hill - OzarkA Celebration Of Song
The Belleville Outfit Wanderin'
Tom Paxton Comedians & Angels
Trent Wagler & Jay LappAdrienna Valentine (Local Artists!)
Valerie Smith & Becky BullerHere's A Little Song.

2007

Artist Album Title
Adrienne Young Room To Grow
Alison KraussA Hundred Miles Or More
Arlon BennettSummer's Voice
Cherryholmes IIBlack & White
Claire Lynch Crowd Favorites
Corinne West Second Sight
Craig CarothersSolo
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver More Behind The Picture Than The Wall
Duane RutterWaiting Room
Eliza GilkysonYour Town Tonight
Emily SingletonSpirit On The Prowl
Eric Uglum Christian Ward & Austin Ward The Old Road To Jerusalem
Jack Williams Laughing In The Face Of The Blues
Joel Mabus The Banjo Monologues
Kennedy's Kitchen A Pocketful Of Lint (Local Artists!)
Kenny & Amanda Smith BandTell Someone
Kieran Kane Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplan Kane , Welch, Kaplan
Louis Ledford Adios King
Mark Johnson & Emory LesterAcoustic Rising
Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet
Red MollyNever Been To Vegas LIVE
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
Robin & Linda WilliamsRadio Songs
Rod & Annie Capps In This Town
Steve Chizmadia It Is What It Is
The Gougers A Long Day For The Weathervane
The GreencardsViridian
The Spinney Brothers If I Were Your Brother
Uncle Earl ,Waterloo Tennessee
Venitia SekemaHell On High Heels (Local Artist!)

2006

Artist Album Title
Alecia Nugent A Little Girl...A Big Four-Lane
Bill Isles The Shores Of My Hometown
Chuck Brodsky Tulips For Breakfast
Corinne WestBound For The Living
Dan MenzoneMenzone Drive
Darryl Purpose & Julie BeaverLive At Coalesce
Dave Potts12.99
Diana JonesMy Remembrance Of You
Jan Smith29 Dances
Janet Beazley5 South
Jeff & Vida The Simplest Plans
John GorkaWriting In The Margins
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands The Golden West
Mark Dvorak Every Step Of The Way
Michael ClevelandLet 'Er Go Boys!
Pat WictorHeaven Is So High
Rhonda VincentAll American Bluegrass Girl
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals
Ruth BloomquistOne Day Ain't Enough
Sarah Harmer I'm A Mountain
The Gibson Brothers Red Letter Day
The Hunger Mountain Boys Blue Ribbon Waltz
The Laws Live At The Camp St. Cafe
The Lonesome Sisters The Lonesome Sisters
The Lonesome Sisters w/Riley Baugus Going Home Shoes
The Milroys The Milroys
The Wailin' JennysFirecracker
Tracy Grammer Flower Of Avalon
Truckstop Souvenir Leave Nothing Behind
Two High String BandMoonshine Boogie

2005

Artist Album Title
Adrienne Young & Little Sadie The Art Of Virtue
Anna Wolfe My Treasure
Becky SchlegelDrifter Like Me
Blue HighwayMarbletown
David FranceyThe Waking Hour
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver You Gotta Dig A Little Deeper
Hit & Run Bluegrass Without Maps And Carts
JackstrawLive At The White Eagle
Jed MarumMiles From Home
John Prine Fair And Square
Kate Campbell Kate Campbell Blues And Lamentations
Malcolm Holcombe I Never Heard You Knockin'
Mando SaenzWatertown
Mountainheart Force Of Nature
Nanci GriffithHearts In Mind
Nickel Creek Why Should The Fire Die?
Redbird (Kris Delmhorst Jeffery Foucault & Peter Mulvey) Redbird
Ricky SkaggsBrand New Strings
The Bills Let 'Em Run
The Biscuit Burners A Mountain Apart
The Foghorn StringbandWeiser Sunrise
The Grascals The Grascals
The GreencardsWeather And Water
The Peasall Sisters Home To You
Tim O'Brien Fiddler's Green
Uncle Earl She Waits For The Night
Uncle John & Cousin Greg Indiana Line (Local Artists!)
Venitia SekemaLucky Numbers (Local Artist!)
Wyatt Law Jurassic Law

2004

Artist Album Title
Allison Krauss & Union StationLonely Runs Both Ways
Chris Stuart Saints And Strangers
Dallas JonesWherever You Roam
DyadWho's Been Here While I've Been Gone?
Harvey Reid & Joyce AndersenKindling The Fire
Hit & Run BluegrassBeauty Fades
Jeffrey FoucaultStripping Cane
Joel Mabus Golden Willow Tree
Karen Mal & Laurie McClainLive At The Main Street Cafe
Kieran Kane & Kevin WelchYou Can't Save Everybody
Laurie Lewis & Tom RozumGuest House
Leah LarsonLong Journey
Leela & Ellie GraceLeela & Ellie Grace
Peter Rowan & Tony RiceYou Were There For Me
Robin & Linda Williams Deeper Waters
Slaid CleavesWishbones
Steppin' In It Last Winter In The Copper Country
The Cantrells The Heart Wants What It Wants
The Gibson Brothers Long Way Back Home
The LawsAnother Road
The MammalsEvolver
The Wailin' Jennys40 Days
Timm GrimmNames
Tom Paxton Anne Hills & Bob Gibson Best Of Friends
Uncle Earl Going To The Western Slope

2003

Artist Album Title
Allison Krauss & Union StationLive
Amy FradonSmall Town News
Carrie NewcomerThe Gathering Of Spirits
Doc WatsonTrouble In Mind: Country Blues Collection 1964-1998
Earl Scruggs Doc Watson & Ricky SkaggsThe Three Pickers
Eddie & Martha Adcock Twograss
Emily Singleton Life In The Moment
Front RangeFront Range Live
Harvey ReidThe Autoharp Album
Janne HenshawDrifter's Prayer
Johnathan Byrd The Waitress
Joyce AndersenRight Where I Stand
Kennedy's KitchenKennedy's Kitchen (Local Artists!)
Laurie McClain The Trumpet Vine: Tribute To Kate Wolf
Lynn Morris Band Shape Of A Tear
Mad Agnes Magic Hour
Maria Dunn From Where I Stand
Missy Raines & Jim Hurst Two
Mustard's Retreat A Resolution Of Something
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem Gambling Eden
Rhonda Vincent One Step Ahead
The Gibson BrothersBona Fide
Tim O'Brien Traveler
Tony RiceThe Bluegrass Guitar Collection
Vollie McKenzieThis Train

*Some albums in each of the above lists may have been released a year or two prior to the year shown.  We sometimes don't receive CD's until a year or two later if we are not on the artists' or labels' mailing list.  Instead, we pick them up at music conferences or from other sources.  We include them in the year shown because that's when we received them - and if the album is exceptionally good, we still want you to know about it.  You wouldn't want to miss out because we got the album a few months late, would you?  Well, we wouldn't want you to miss out, either!