What: Sock Hop
When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays
Where: 1190 AM
More info: radio1190.org
R adio 1190's programming covers a wonderfully wide range of genres. There are time slots dedicated to underground hip hop, rockabilly, bhangra, folk, punk and a lot more.
We've decided to catch up with the DJs behind the tune selection every few weeks. This week, we talked to Connie Redfield, aka Queen Connie, who hosts the Sock Hop every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
How long have you been hosting Sock Hop?
I'm going into my second year. I started August of '11.
So is this your creation or did you take it over?
I went and saw Wanda Jackson at the Bluebird Theatre through a street-team thing for 1190, and no one had ever mentioned a rockabilly show ... so I said 1190 should do a rockabilly show because it would be really fun.
Can you give us a broad overview of what you're spinning?
I basically start from the origins rock 'n' roll, to neo-rockabilly with The Cramps in the '80s, to psychobilly. Rockabilly is rock 'n' roll with a very twangy sound underneath.
I know you don't want to get too heavy-handed on a few artists, but are there any you favor?
I play a lot of Carl Perkins. To me, he was the father of rockabilly. I play a decent amount of Elvis when I can because to me, rockabilly wasn't his most well known music. And Wanda Jackson because she was my inspiration for the show.
It sounds like the Wanda Jackson show was your awakening to rockabilly.
I didn't know what rockabilly was until I saw that show. When I was on the 1190 street team I would go to a lot of shows that I never heard of before; 1190 plays such a wide range of artists that you can't find anywhere else.
Have you ever seen that rockabilly dude playing the upright bass on Pearl Street?
He's actually in a band from Denver called NitroBillys. I went up to him one time and was like, 'Oh, hi, I DJ a rockabilly show on 1190,' and he gave me some music.
Why do you think this music has lasted?
I think it's that whole 1950s nostalgia feeling. That's what happened in the '80s -- if you watch a lot of movies made in the '80s, they're set in the '50s ... I think it's just that people like that era of '50s diners and cruising down the road. I think that was the epitome of America at that time, so people like to kind of revert back to that, when women still dressed up and did their hair. And rockabilly is really fun. I went into that Wanda Jackson show not knowing anything and had a blast. It's very high-energy.
Anything else you think people should know before tuning in?
It's definitely a change of pace for Sunday morning. It's a good show to drive around to, I think.