What: Folk Yeah!
When: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
Where: 1190 AM
More info: radio1190.org
W e're checking in with another Radio 1190 DJ. This week, we talked to Becca Conway, the student DJ behind Folk Yeah!. Between spinning the folksy names you know, like Bob Dylan, M. Ward or Iron and Wine, she's hitting more obscure notes and bringing great local folk acts into the studio. She's also on the air with musical director Sam Goldner every Monday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
So how long have you been doing the show?
I started it last spring because we didn't have a specialty folk program. Folksplosion used to do that, but I think they stopped a while ago. I kinda picked it up, but I wasn't too into folk. I definitely developed a fondness, especially for freak folk.
So that's when you first got into folk music? Doing the show?
I always really loved Bob Dylan and Bright Eyes. Bands like that, especially Conor Oberst, kind of sparked my interest. As I've been doing the show, I got in to more bands. I had some in-studios with local bands, which was fun. I've been trying to branch out with more '60s folk bands.
There's obviously a pretty big folk scene around here, and plenty of bands for you to have in the studio. Who are some of your favorite local artists?
Locally, I love Dovekins, but they're apparently on a permanent hiatus, which makes me so sad. Laura Goldhamer is another favorite of mine, she's super on banjo and she occasionally plays with Princess Music. I always got into Mariposa when I saw her at Titwrench Festival. She's coming on my show on Oct. 27 to do an in-studio. I had You Me and Apollo on recently -- they're more roots rock and folk rock. I had Two Tone Wolf Pack -- they're from Denver area. They're folk punk. I saw them do a house show and I was like, 'these people are really awesome.'
What do you think of the semi-recent trend of electronic folk, a la Hundred Waters?
You know, Grizzly Bear's new album is kinda like that. I'm really into it. I think it's a really interesting way to expand the genre. I guess electronic music is the big trend of this decade. I'm into it and I think it can be done really well. I've never heard a really bad electro-folk thing, you know? I play some of it on my show.
So what else are you doing at 1190?
Me and Sam (Goldner) do rotation. I think it's really cool to have a co-host, and it's good for the listeners. I volunteer, I do street team. It's a great community resource for artists and I think that's what we're trying to do more with -- be in the community in a big way.