About Folk Salad
Scott Aycock and Richard Higgs were friends who shared a love for music. Back in 1999 the two were having a discussion about the sorry state of radio and how homogenous radio had become. Both had stopped listening to anything except CD’s. (This was before IPods folks.) Richard even complained that there was very little music post 1979 that was worthy of the airwaves. Scott went to his massive collection of CD’s and vinyl and pulled out a cache of current recordings of singer/songwriters and bands and said, “Here, take these home and listen.” Richard did and called a week later wanting to hear more. Scott had spent hours reading magazines and visiting used CD/record stores looking and listening for independent, under the radar artists and, of course, finding many classic tried and true favorites.
After that initial epiphany, Richard came to Scott and proposed an idea, “we both have a passion for music and writing, and you have an extensive music collection, so it is only logical that we create a radio program.” Scott, of course thought, “sure that seems logical to me, being as, neither of us has any experience or training in radio,” always the pessimist. Nevertheless, Higgs was persuasive, so Scott suggested they go to his house and use his four track recorder to make a demo of how they thought the show should sound. They agreed that it would be eclectic, rootsy, draw from music around the globe, but with a heavy emphasis on Americana and Oklahoma’s own Tulsa Sound and Red Dirt Sound. They came up with the name “Folk Salad- Certified Organic Music” and wrote up a proposal. Since both of them were fans of Tulsa’s own NPR station KWGS, they decided to pitch their idea to them.
After pitching their idea to KWGS, they received a call from General Manager, Rich Fisher, asking when they could start. Scott stated, “Rich took us under his wing and taught us to use the board and program, gave us some sage advice and pushed us out of the nest.” That was 1999, and the show has aired every Sunday night at 7pm, since.
Folk Salad was picked up by KOSU, out of Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2009 and continues to air every Saturday at 8pm.
Since the shows beginning, Folk Salad has evolved and now often includes in-studio performances/interviews with artists travelling through the state, as well as phone interviews. They have interviewed artists like Wanda Jackson, Levon Helm, Billy Joe Shaver, and Richard Thompson, to name just a few.
About Scott and Richard
Scott Aycock is a transplanted Arkansas native. He came from the delta country in the Northeast part of Arkansas, a little town called Marked Tree. He attended college in Oklahoma and has been here permanently since 1977.
Scott says, “besides discovering wonderful people in Tulsa and the across the state, the discovery of the rich heritage of music coming out of Oklahoma completely captured my imagination and continues to, even to this day, artists like Woody Guthrie, J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Wanda Jackson, Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, as well as the up and coming artists, like John Fulbright, Samantha Crain, and J. D. McPherson. There is a thriving music scene both in Tulsa and throughout the state of Oklahoma with so many talented people that are fully committed to their craft.”
Following his inspiration, lead him to create, host and produce with his friend, Richard Higgs the radio show, Folk Salad- Certified Organic Music.
Scott is married to his artist wife, Margee Aycock and father to two creative sons, Jesse Aycock and Dylan Aycock, who are musician/artists, as well. He is also a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, but he has long been a singer/songwriter, having released two CD’s, “Pennies On The Track” in 2000 and “Foxhole Radio” in 2010. He is presently at work on another project, which will be a download EP of new songs interspersed with original poems (read by Scott) from his book of poetry and lyrics, entitled These Stones.
Scott also is creator, booking agent, and host of House Concerts Unlimited, a non-profit house concert series sponsored in part by The Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council. Scott brings artists from around the globe into his living room to perform in an intimate setting for a listening audience. www.houseconcertsunlimited.com Scott has expanded the house concert concept by joining with other like-minded folks who wish to have this experience in their own living room or place of business and in this way music becomes a bridge to the broader community.
Scott says, “Richard and I have often remarked that regardless of any stress and challenges we might be facing on any given day, when we walk into that studio and begin to put our show together, all of those concerns are carried off by the healing power of song.”
Richard Higgs has lived in Tulsa since 1980. By the late 90s, Higgs had given up on listening to music on the radio. It seemed that no one was still making the kinds of music he most related to –until he met Scott Aycock. Scott had an amazing cd library of current artists making great music. As he explored Aycock’s music library with growing excitement, he realized that good music (as he understood it) hadn’t died at all. In fact, it was as vital as ever. It just wasn’t being played on the radio.
In the summer of 1999, he suggested to Aycock that they start their own radio program. They spent the summer crafting the perfect demo, which they pitched to KWGS. To their surprise, the station said yes, and “when can you start?” They’ve aired their show, Folk Salad, weekly ever since. It now airs on Public Radio Tulsa, and Oklahoma Public Radio, in every major market in Oklahoma.
Higgs is also the author of two memoirs, “Bringing In The Sheaves”, an account of a summer he spent working the wheat harvest on the Great Plains, and, more recently, “Then There Is No Mountain,” an account of his 2009 climb of Mount Rainier with his friend Joe Dennis. He’s also a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in This Land Press, Oklahoma Today, and The Current.
In addition to Public Radio DJ, Higgs has been an over-the-road truckdriver, a migrant farm laborer, an oilfield hand, a restaurateur, a gallery owner, and worked in the travel industry.
He lives with his wife, Louise, and their cat, Honeybee.