Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends is a folk group headed by Catawba native and UNC ’07 graduate, Stephanie Stewart. The group released their first album Over the World Below on June 21, and they will be performing at Steel String Brewery in Carrboro on Saturday.
Summer Arts & Diversions editor Samantha Sabin spoke to Stewart about her musical influences, her days at UNC and the origin of the band’s name.
Diversions: How did you get started with music?
Stephanie Stewart: I was always playing ever since I was a little kid. I started playing guitar when I was about 15 and writing songs then. I got tired of some of my friends in high school and having to play cover songs. There were a lot of guys who played guitar at my high school at the time, and they all wanted to play Sublime covers and things like that, and I wanted to do more of my own stuff. So I just started teaching myself guitar and that led to writing and singing.
I went to UNC as an undergrad and I was doing stuff like I had a Singer / Songwriter Night that I did down there in the student union — it was like a once a month kind of thing, featuring different songwriters. And I was kind of playing around coffeeshops and that kind of thing by myself. I didn’t really play with the band until about three years ago.