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Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

A local music showcase, featuring live performances by local talent.

Synyster Vail

Aug 27, 2018

SYNYSTER VAIL

 For this feature DJ Lila brings the duo version of Albuquerque's Synyster Vail before our mics to play live & acoustic & to share songs from their forthcoming album "Still Underground." Recorded in August of 2018 in Studio C Synyster Vail are: Ruben "Syn" Vail and Edgar Wonder Keep up with Synyster Vail on Soundcloud or Face Book


Burying Caesar

Aug 1, 2018

BURYING CAESAR FROM STUDIO C

 Burying Caesar began when founders Roddy Cochrane & Hovey Jude Corbin were still in their teens.  Their second album "Alabaster Bay" finds the duo expanding their studio  skills & reaching to astrophysics for song inspiration. Recorded on July 24, 2018 by Matthew Finch, this brief Studio C session captures Burying Caesar in their simplest acoustic form: Roddy Cochrane: lead vocalsHovey Jude Corbin: guitar vocals Follow Burying Caesar on Faceboook.


BILL PALMER'S TV KILLERS

 A few weeks after his solo acoustic visit songwriter/Frogville producer Bill Palmer returned with his electric band The TV Killers for a set of old & brand new songs. Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A on July 18, 2018 the band were: Bill Palmer: vocals, guitarStephanie Hatfield:  bass, vocalsJustin Lindsey:  guitar, pedalsMatthew Tobias:  drums The band's most recent release is "So You Might See Me."  Keep up with Bill Palmer's TV Killers on Facebook; find out more about his work as a producer at www.frogvillestudio.com


3 On A Match

Jul 2, 2018
3onamatch.com

This Session finds us crossing the space/time continuum for an appointment with Kabaret Kulture in the persons of 3 On A Match.

In recognition of the impending July 4th holiday the trio bypassed the American Standards in their repertoire to focus on the songs of Weimar Germany. Recorded live in Studio A by Roman Garcia on June 26 3 On A Match are known by: Ta-ta Tina: vocalsHerrmann Isterda: piano, vocalspre-Doctor Debonnaire: bass The trio time travel regularly & can be found performing in both musical, theatrical & pedestrian venues.  Keep up with the at 3onamatch.com


To celebrate the opening of the 2018 season of the Santa Fe Bandstand summer concert series we feature the 5-piece ensemble Eileen and the In-Betweens in a performance of as-yet unrecorded music.  As with their previous albums these timely songs speak in equal measure of resistance & compassion.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A on June 21, 2018 the band for this session was: Eileen Shaughnessy: lead vocals, guitar, banjoColin Baillio: bass, pedal steel, vocalsLazarus Letcher: viola, vocalsJackie Chacon: drums, percussionStephanie Graner: vocals Our 5th Beatle for this session was Baby Moon. Keep up with Eileen and the In-Betweens on BandCamp or at www.eileenshaughnessy.com Find out about the Bandstand Summer Series at www.santafebandstand.org


Javier Ortega

Jun 19, 2018

This Session features Javier Ortega in solo performance.  After making his mark locally as a guitarist & singer in a wide range of bands, Ortega left for 13 months of work & writing in Chile.  He returned to Albuquerque a different kind of songwriter & quickly assembled a team of top local artists for an Outpost show that was released as the album "10 Years And a Day."

 Here he gives us solo versions of three of those songs & talks about his sojourn, the importance of the Hummingbird & Full Circle Productions music camps in assembling that one-night-only band, & where he heads next. Recorded on June 13 by Matthew Finch in Studio C. Ortega plays out both solo & as a member of the electric band Phercad.  Follow him on Face Book at javierortegasongwriter.


ZOLTAN & THE FORTUNE TELLERS  For this session we capture Albuquerque's Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers playing songs from "Mad As A Hatter" shortly before the CD's official release.  This latest edition of the Fortune Tellers thrives on deception: audiences caught up in the humor of the trio can easily miss their finely honed chops as musicians.  Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers are: Zoltan Szekely: vocals, acoustic guitarByron Ripley: tuba, vocalsFernando Garavito: drums, vocals, hotel bells Recorded by Roman Garcia on May 15, 2018 in Studio AInterviewer: Jalila Arthur Follow Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers on bandcamp or at zoltanszkly.wixsite.com 


Sunburnt Stone

May 7, 2018

April's annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow features an ever-expanding presence of contemporary Native artists who hold forth on Stage 49 at the Gathering & other Albuquerque venues during the days just before & after the event..  For his April 26th edition of "Freeform" host Brandon Kennedy invited Native poets, rappers & songwriters to perform live.  One of these groups is the rock outfit Sunburnt Stone.

Founders Andrew Wilson & Daryl Young emerged from the New Mexico Metal scene, but with this new project found a different direction.  Broadcast live from Studio A on April 26, 2018 Sunburnt Stone were: Andrew "Buzzy" Wilson: vocals, guitarNichole Tsosie: percussionPat Hepburn: bass Daryl Young (guitar) was unable to join the band that day, but D-Dat member Delbert Anderson sat in on trumpet for the first tune. Engineered live by Roman Garcia with Ben Montoya.  Hosted by Brandon Kennedy. Find Sunburnt Stone's music & schedule at www.sunburntstone.com


MOUNTAIN HEAD
 Since forming in 2014 the Albuquerque garage rock duo have released two eps with a third -- "Act Natural" -- on the way.  This session brings Mountain Head to our mics for one of their final performances ... for now.As one member heads off to the West Coast they simply decided that no garage was big enough to accommodate them, and they would pursue solo work for the time being. Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia on April 24, 2018 Mountain Head are: Wyatt Granger: vocals, guitar, effectsAudrin Baghaie: drums, vocals Look for Mountain Head's latest ep on Bandcamp, Sound Cloud & other online sites. 


The Timewreckers

Apr 25, 2018
The Timewreckers

Albuquerque has been a hotspot for great alternative honky tonk outfits for years now. Check out this interview with and live performance by The Timewreckers with Marty Adamsmith, engineered by Roman Garcia in KUNM’s studio A. After the performance, Marty is also joined by August March, the Weekly Alibi music editor, for a discussion about the Timewreckers’ origins, impact, and future on ABQ’s live music scene.

The Timewreckers are:
Austin Morrell - Guitar, vocals
Dustin Foster - Bass
Alec Wilkes - Guitar
Lynn Ambrosino - Keys, vocals
Zach Leyba - Drums


Liner Notes from the album Elemental

Songwriters Kristina Jacobsen & Meredith Wilder have performed in support of each other's work for many years, but with the inaugural Songs from the Rez Artists' Retreat their collaboration as songwriters was born.

 They dropped by KUNM to play songs from their new ep "Elemental," an album recorded in a Colorado cabin. Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch in February, 2018 (& 2017 for an early version of "Leave Home to Come Home"), the musicians are: Meredith Wilder: vocals, acoustic guitar

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals, lap steel, acoustic guitar

 Keep track of the many ongoing projects of both artists here: if two: www.meredithwilder.me           www.kristinajacobsenmusic.com The album "Elemental" can be accessed at  

https://meredithwilder.bandcamp.com/album/elemental


Silver String Band

Mar 14, 2018

In this feature we catch up with Albuquerque's Silver String Band.  The 5-piece features string players known locally for work in Peg Leg Joe, Squash Blossom Boys & other ensembles, but it's the musical restlessness of this group that marks them as something new.

 Playing tunes from the forthcoming album "Keep Running" (plus an early gem) Silver String Band are: Jakob Chavez: vocals, mandolinPaul Hunton:  vocals, upright bassLars Fabricius-Olsen:  banjo, vocalsEmily Anslover:  violinKyle Malone: acoustic & electric guitar. Recorded on March 8, 2018 by Roman Garcia with Ben MontoyaKeep up with Silver String Band at www.downtofolk.com


Photo taken by Mark Weber

The leaves were already falling last October when Thursday "All That Jazz" host Mark Weber invited local Jazz luminaries Lewis Winn (Albuquerque) & Milo Jaramillo (Isleta Pueblo) to come up for some impromptu duets, beginning the live broadcast with the classic "Autumn Leaves."

 Performed live on-air on October 26, 2017 & engineered by Mark Weber the players are: Lewis Winn: Langston AlphacasterMilo Jaramillo: 5-string bass Both players can be found in multiple ensembles around New Mexico, Winn most notably in the Alpha Cats, Jaramillo in the trio Red Hot & Red.


This feature spotlights the music of Tin Pan Alley as performed by The Muldawers (Banjo Judy & Michael) for their new CD "Back In Time."  The duo give a pocket history lesson in the roots of American Pop Music & season the proceedings with live performances.  They also talk briefly about the work in senior homes & hospitals, as well as Judy's work holding free ukulele sessions in Albuquerque libraries & the Watermelon Music space.

Recorded live in Studio C on December 28 by Matthew Finch, the duo are:

 Michael Muldawer: vocals, guitarBanjo Judy Muldawer: vocals, ukulele Keep up with all their projects & find 150 song charts for ukulele (including a special beginner's section) at www.banjojudy.com


Beautiful William

Dec 6, 2017

BEAUTIFUL WILLIAM

 This Studio Session catches the duo Beautiful William performing songs from their debut recording "There Will Come Soft Rains" & talking about adapting the early 20th century poetry of Sara Teasdale to contemporary music. Recorded on December 2, 2017 by Matthew Finch in Studio C, Beautiful William are: Sage Harrington: vocals, soprano ukuleleMeredith Wilder: vocals, electric & acoustic guitar A follow-up project with more Teasdale adaptations is in the works already; keep up with this project at beautifulwilliam.com


For this Thanksgiving Weekend feature we assembled live recordings from singer-songwriter Boris McCutcheon's last two visits plus a solo acoustic gem from 2010.

 Recorded live by Roman Garcia in Studio A in 2017 & 2014 the musicians are: Boris McCutcheon: vocals, acoustic guitarBrett Davis: banjo, electric guitar, vocals Based in northern New Mexico, Boris McCutcheon performs regularly across the region, both solo & with The Mighty Saltlicks.  Keep up with him on Facebook or at www.borismccutcheon.com.


This brief visit features The Gabrielle Louise Trio with NM native Justin Evan Thompson.  They stopped into Studio C mid-way through the New Mexico leg of their Made for Something More tour. Recorded by Matthew Finch on November 9 in Studio C, the Trio are: Gabrielle Louise: vocals, acoustic guitarJustin Even Thompson: electric guitar, vocalsJohn Stilwagen: keyboard, accordion "If the Static Clears" is Gabrielle Louise's latest album.  Find her at www.gabriellelouise.com

Fred Johnson, Part 2

 Fred Johnson returns to Studio A, and like their first visit the Albuquerque trio laid down a host of songs drawn from multiple Jazz, Folk, Celtic & Latin traditions mixed with keenly observed originals.Recorded by Roman Garcia on October 24, 2017 in Studio A, Fred Johnson are: Sean O'Connor: vocals, acoustic & electric banjoJoe Silva: vocals, guitarMark Weaver: tuba, drums Follow Fred Johnson on bandcamp


Fred Johnson Trio

Nov 13, 2017

Fred Johnson, Part 1

 Fred Johnson returns to Studio A, and like their first visit, the Albuquerque trio laid down a host of songs drawn from multiple Jazz, Folk, Celtic & Latin traditions mixed with keenly observed originals.Recorded by Roman Garcia on October 24, 2017 in Studio A, Fred Johnson are: Sean O'Connor: vocals, acoustic & electric banjoJoe Silva: vocals, guitarMark Weaver: tuba, drums Follow Fred Johnson on bandcamp


Acceptable Losses

Oct 25, 2017

This time the Generation Listen Podcast brings us a Studio A visit with Albuquerque rockers Acceptable Losses, playing road-tested originals that often reference their lives on tour.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia in October 2017, Acceptable Losses are: Wake Gardner, front manAiden Gardner, guitarJosh Galloway, bassTrey Baker, drums Special thanks to Jalila Arthur & Fawaz Lawal. Find Acceptable losses on bandcamp and facebook.


joewestmusic.com

This week we feature a visit with Santa Fe's tireless songwriter/impresario Joe West as he brings the latest edition of his Halloween-themed Theater of Death show to Madrid's Engine House Theater.

This year's edition is titled "The Marijuana Morality Plays" and along with cast member Catie Lord, Joe shares songs from the upcoming production along with a song from his latest solo album "Rodeo of the Soul." Recorded in Studio C on October 6th by Matthew Finch the players are: Joe West: vocals, keyboardCatie Lord: vocals, ukulele Keep up with Joe West performances & productions at joewestmusic.com


dukecityriots.com

Sat. 9/9 7p: Duke City Riots has upcoming gigs at Blue Grasshopper in Rio Rancho Saturday September 9th, 8:30 PM and in Albuquerque Saturday September 16th, 9:30 PM.

Their "songs of protest forged in the fires of revolt" are timely but would rock in any historical era. They chat about their work with host Marty Adamsmith.  Shannon Haworth-drums, C.S. Parker-bass & vocals, & Ron Ruest-guitar.


markweber.free-jazz.net

     As part of a show celebrating the melodic possibilities of the upright bass we re-air a live duet performance from Mark Weber's Thursday edition of "All That Jazz" from May 18, 2017 featuring two of Albuquerque's most in-demand jazz players: Colin Deuble: double bassCal Haines: drums Recorded off-air & mixed live by Mark Weber.  Post-production by Cal Haines


The Dogbone Trio

Jul 17, 2017

The Dogbone Trio is a 26-footed instrumental outfit best found on early morning dog walks.  This feature captures the Trio (sans canines) in what was then their ninth performance ever, rehearsals included, mixing composed originals, covers & improvisations.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on July 7, 2017 The Dogbone Trio are:

Jefferson Voorhees: drum kit
Maren Hatch: upright bass
Micah Hood: trumpet, electronics

Follow the continuing adventures of The Dogbone Trio on Facebook


Alex Maryol

Jul 10, 2017

For this feature, songwriter/guitarist Alex Maryol & bassist Justin McLauchlin present songs from the forthcoming album "In the Meantime."

Recorded on July 1, 2017 in Studio C by Matthew Finch, the duo are:

Alex Maryol: vocals, guitar
Justin McLauchlin: bass, vocals.
Both musicians ran their acoustic instruments through amps, as they do in a typical performance.

Keep up with Alex Maryol's Kickstarter campaign & future performances at www.alexmaryol.com


Albuquerque's Prism Bitch is a band of many names.  As they begin work on their second ep the band stopped by Thursday "Freeform" for a plugged in recording & conversation with host Brandon Kennedy.

Recorded live in our Main Studio by Brandon Kennedy

Prism Bitch is:
Lauren Poole, Emma Crane, Lila Rose, Chris Walsh & Teresa Esguerra

Find them currently at prismbitches.bandcamp.com

Lone Piñon

Mar 15, 2017
Tammy Zibners

The trio Lone Piñon represents a new generation of musicians drawn to "roots music desde el Norte" --  the traditional styles of New Mexico & Northern Mexico.  To celebrate the release of their second CD "Dias Felices" the band came by Studio A to play & talk about their particular approach to song-gathering.

Recorded on February 13, 2016 by Roman Garcia.

Lone Piñon are:
Jordan Wax: violin, accordion, vocals
Greg Glassman: vocals, guitar
Noah Martinez: upright bass, guitarron, vocals

Follow Lone Piñon at www.lonepinon.com

Rumble on Overnight Freeform

Jan 30, 2017

Overnight Freeform host Martin Adam Smith caught up with the improvisational musical/comedy group Rumble in Studio A.  This excerpt of a longer visit shows the group at their spontaneous best.

Originally engineered by Roman Garcia, post production by Martin Adam Smith and Jefferson White.

Find Rumble on FaceBook.

 (Encore--Time to check out our Zoltan session again!)

This program features Albuquerque's Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers recorded live in Studio A.  While Studio A had been the recording studio for their new album "Songs of Spring" Zoltan & Co. decided to play work from both before and after the making of that album.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on August 24, the band for this session are:

Zoltan Szekely: vocals, guitar
Terry Bluhm: bass
Nick Baker: percussion

Keep up with Zoltan by googling the band's name or go to zoltanszkly.wixsite.com/zoltanorkestar.

Eileen & the In-Betweens

Dec 26, 2016

On Dec 13, 2016, Albuquerque band Eileen & the In-Betweens returned to Studio A, playing all new songs from their new album to be released in the Spring. They also chatted with Matthew Finch about their music and upcoming release.

For this performance Eileen & the In-Betweens are:
    Eileen Shaughnessy: lead vocals, guitar
    Lazarus Letcher: viola, vocals

    Ben Martinez: keyboard, trumpet
    Tanya Nuñez: bass
    Kenny Broyles: drums, vocals
    Christy Cook: vocals
    Stephanie Graner: vocals  

Recording by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles and Ben Montoya. 
Video by Jefferson White.

Shaughnessy performs both with the In-Betweens and solo. Keep up with THEM at eileenandtheinbetweens.bandcamp.com, and with HER at eileenshaughnessy.com.

 

The Handsome Family

Nov 7, 2016
Jesse Littlebird

This session finds The Handsome Family in quintet configuration (5 players, 10 instruments) returning to Studio A with songs from the album "Unseen."  We were especially honored that The Family chose to spend the evening with us over Game 7 of the World Series.

Recorded on November 2, 2016, for this session The Handsome Family were:

  • Brett Sparks: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Rennie Sparks: vocals, Kala bass
  • David Gutierrez: vocals, pedal steel, mandolin, guitar
  • Alex MacMahan: guitar, pedal steel, organ
  • Greg Williams: drums, percussion

Engineer: Roman Garcia
Asst. Engineer: Ben Montoya
Asst. Engineer/Camera: Marshall Broyles
Videographer: Jefferson White

Keep up with Handsome Family music, art, video, prose and scientific research at www.handsomefamily.com.

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