Afternoon Freeform

A diverse music showcase uncovering common roots in music from different places and times.

Scott Darsee

Wed. 5/20 1:30p: Carol Boss welcomes Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee to the studio.  They will perform unique modern arrangements of some medieval and traditional ballads and songs.  Their music originates from Scandinavia, Ireland, UK, India and North America.

***If you missed the live show, you can still listen using our Two Week Archive

Wed. 5/6 1:30p:  Carol Boss welcomes the Americana/Folk/Bossa Nova/Jazz duo to the studio for a live intimate concert.

  Thu. 1/15 1:30p: Host Scott Denton and Lucinda Williams discuss music, songwriting and her latest album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.  Williams will perform at the Lensic in Santa Fe, February 18.


Robin And Linda Williams dropped in on KUNM's Afternoon Freeform with Carol Boss, chatted and sang a few songs to celebrate the release of their latest album, "Back 40."

The video clip features two of four songs they played, "Those Old Green Hills" and "Middleton Waltz". The audio link has the entire session.

Catch up with Robin and Linda online at

Rahim AlHaj And His Venerable Oud

Aug 19, 2014

Wed. 8/20, 3p: We´ll travel through Rahim AlHaj poetic world with his powerful oud, one of civilization's most ancient string instruments.

Twice Grammy nominated, Mr. AlHaj is considered among the few oud virtuoso players. From Bagdad to Albuquerque, we´ll travel with Iraqi musician performer and composer Mr. Alhaj as he shares a journey for peace through stories, poetry, dreamlike music, and the fresh breeze of an ancient culture.


Wed. 8/13 1:30p: Robin and Linda Williams perform on Freeform this week. The revered music masters play a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Their songs have been covered by many of the greats of country and folk. They're on tour celebrating 40 years of making music together.



Ryan Obermeyer

Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.

The group dropped by our studios for a live performance and interview with Afternoon Freeform host Harry Norton.

The ensemble consists of James Anderson (violin), Jonathan Geer (keyboard), Mike Maddux (accordion), Tony Rogers (cello) and Pat Harris (bass).

Find info about the band here at

Cipriano Vigil

May 5, 2014
Cipriano Vigil

During his live performance for RAÍCES (May 3rd), Cipriano Vigil, New Mexican musicologist and musician shares his songs, and his new book, “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano” (UNM Press, 2014).

Find out more about Cipriano Vigil at

The Black Lillies

Apr 24, 2014
Deone Jahnke

The Black Lillies, led by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Cruz Contreras, are currently on tour. They stopped by KUNM to perform live on Afternoon Freeform (April  23) with Carol Boss. The band’s blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and Appalachian soul has earned them critical acclaim nationwide and their most recent album, Runaway Freeway Blues, was included on numerous Best Albums of the Year (2013) lists.

Cruz Contreras: guitar, bass, vocals
Trisha Gene Brady: vocals
Tom Pryor: guitar
Robert Richards: bass, guitar
Bowman Townsend: percussion

Find out more about The Black Lillies:

Casey Neill: Poet and Political Singer

Apr 17, 2014

From Portland, Casey Neill was in our Control Room between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album "All You Pretty Vandals."

During his live performance for Afternoon Freeform (April 16th), he shared his songs filled with irony, romance, stories, and social commentary.

Find out more about Casey Neill at

Casey Neill: poetic & political singer

Apr 15, 2014
Casey Neill 2013 /

Wed. 4/16 3p: Casey Neill joins us in the studio, stopping by between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album All You Pretty Vandals. Be ready to travel throughout the American landscape with Casey Neill´s songs filled with irony, romance,  stories, and social commentary.

Casey Neill performs locally:

Wednesday, April 16th,

12 pm (noon): Special Collections Library (423 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM)

6:30pm: Taylor Ranch Library (5700 Bogart NW, Albuquerque, NM)

Wed. 2/6 1:30p: The American/Brazilian group Nation Beat joins Carol Boss in the studio for live music. This world beat fusion project has pioneered a synthesis of music from northeastern Brazil and the deep American South.  They play a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country-blues.

A Halloween Freeform

Oct 29, 2012

Wed 10/31 1:30p: Four KUNM Freeform DJs join Carol Boss to spin some of their favorite creepy, ghoulish, wacky Halloween tunes.  Travis Parkin, Mello, Mary B, Brandon "Dead" Kennedy and Carol Boss will be mixing their spook-tacular brews just for you.


Wed 9/19/12 1:30p: They have been described as "among the most innovative musicians in Pakistan."

Interview with Nels Cline

Sep 13, 2012

Thursday Afternoon Freeform host Scott Denton speaks with Nels Cline, veteran solo/collaborative musician, composer, and bandleader in free jazz, experimental and rock genres, as well as lead guitarist for Wilco (appearing at the Santa Fe Opera September 18th). 

The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream

Jul 3, 2012

Wed. 7/4 2p: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more. Hosted by Paul Ingles.

Wed. 6/6 1:30p: Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her guitar for some live music on Freeform with Carol Boss.

Wed. 4/11 1:30p: The  Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops prove that old-time, fiddle and banjo music can evolve.

This is National Blood Donor Month and In our first theme-driven set we'll be playing a handpicked collection of our favorite sanguine selections which includes some bloody good artists like Wyonie Harris, Willie Nelson. Bon Iver, Gavin Bryers, Tom Waits and others..

Live In-studio: Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer

Nov 15, 2011

Tue. 11/15 1:30p : New Mexico Americana Rock artist Stephanie Hatfield joins us along with her husband and fellow musician Bill Palmer.  Hatfield has a new CD out called "Tracks". 

Wed. 9/21 at 130pm: Tune in for a live musical serenade and interview with acclaimed Louisiana singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. She is joined by fiddler Tania Elizabeth.

Host: Carol Boss

Mary Gauthier will be performing with Over the Rhine and Richard Shindell at the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Sept 22nd. For show info, visit AMPConcerts

From AMP Concerts:

Wed. 7/27 at 3pm: Lovely and talented songstress Shannon McNally will drop into the KUNM studios to serenade us with her amazing tunes.

More about Shannon McNally

Slideshow photo: Shannon McNally at Twangfest, June 2010 (source: flickr/fivepics)

Mon. 7/25 at (roughly) 140pm: Pistolera/Moona Luna will drop by the KUNM studios for a short performance and interview with DJ Peggy Hessing. Pistolera is a critically acclaimed New York band whose accordion-driven dance music has fans around the world dancing cumbias to the group's socially conscious songs?en espa?ol?about immigrants' rights, war, racism, feminism, and life on the border. Their alter ego Moona Luna is a bilingual family band.

Thurs. 7/15 at 130pm: Travis Parkin plays two themed sets featuring some of "the best music you've never heard."

In our first theme-driven set, we'll be serving up a handpicked selection of mostly obscure and unheralded original versions of songs that went on to be big hits for other artists. Featured in the set will numbers by Gloria Jones, Yma Sumac, Arthur Alexander, Tim Hardin and John D. Loudermilk.

Thurs. 6/30 at 130pm: Travis Parkin plays three fabulous theme-drive sets featuring some of the "best music you've never heard."

New Mexico is about to wrap up one of the hottest Junes on record and in our first theme-driven set, we'll be frying the airwaves with a collection of our favorite heat wave selections. Featured artists include Arrow, Ray Charles, Los Manolos, and Cal Tjader & Carmen McRae.

Mon. 6/20 at 130pm: Take a trip with DJs Mello and Tahnee, spinning afternoon cruising jams.

Hosts: Mello and Tahnee

Thurs. 5/19 at 2pm: Travis Parkin brings you three theme-drive sets featuring some of the very "best music you've never heard."

2011 has brought us one of the windiest springs on record here in New Mexico and in our first theme driven set we'll do our best to blow you away with a few of our favorite breezy melodies. Featured artists include J.J. Cale, Lyle Lovett, Gllian Welch, and Jamie Cullum.

Also on today's program, 10 of our favorite songs about songs with selections from The Escorts, Justin Walden, Townes Van Zandt, Nouvelle Vague and others.

Wed. 3/23 at 2pm: A singer, songwriter, guitarist and kantele player (Finnish folk harp), Diane Jarvi is a versatile performer of folk and world music. Diane will be joined by Dan Newton (aka Daddy Squeeze) on accordion.

In addition to her own compositions, Jarvi is known for her intimate and authentic interpretations of tangos, waltzes, gypsy music, ballads, jazz standards and cabaret songs from around the world. On Wild Gardens, her latest CD, Jarvi travels through the gardens of France, Finland, Sweden, Chile, the British Isles and Texas.

Thurs. 3/10 at 1:30pm: Travis Parkin plays three more excellent theme-driven sets featuring some of the best music you've never heard.

Tues. 2/22 at 2:30pm - Lucio Urbano is joined by New Mexico folk musician Richard Martin.

Click here for Richard Martin's website.