Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

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

The Leeches of Lore

Sep 14, 2020

The Leeches came into the studio late one night in October of 2014 for a live session on Music to Soothe the Savage Beast.  Steve Hammond on electric guitar and vocals, Noah Wolters on the keys, and Andy Lutz on drums.  Engineered by Simon Welter.  DJ Caterwaul hosted the show.

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2020 has been a time of the blues. This special program features three of Albuquerque's leading blues musicians who share their thoughts about the crises of our times, and discuss how they are coping amidst pandemic and social upheaval. Hear their thoughts  on the past, present and future of the Albuquerque blues scene.  Featuring the voices and sounds of Raven Rutherford, Sherri Gonzales and Jeff Sipe. Produced by Kent Paterson, Mercedes Mejia and Marty Adams Smith.

The two songwriters share an acoustic session of as-yet unreleased songs including the co-write "Dos Corazones."   Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch this February 25th visit was recorded as Manzanares was prepping her headlining show at the Outpost & Peralta had released an album of acoustic songs "Back to the City" under the name Gato Malo. Follow these artists at www.laramanzanares.com and www.felixylosgatos@yahoo.com

JULIAN DOSSETT QUINTET

 Julian Dossett arrived in Albuquerque some years ago with the record "3 Poisons" in tow.Since then he's made a home for himself in the local blues scene in duo, trio & solo outfits appearing frequently at Madrid's legendary Mineshaft. For this session Dossett brought a full quintet & a bundle of new songs with a distinctly old time flavor.  Recorded on February 13, 2020 by Chip Borton with Ethan Stein the band is: Julian Dossett: vocals, guitarMattias Jorgenson: lead guitarDr. Keith Cochrane: cornet, valve trombone, harmonica, vocalsScott Schuman: bassBrandon Cordova: drums Find Julian Dossett on Facebook & Brix Street Records & look for a new recording from this outfit later in the spring.

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STEPHANIE HATFIELD/BILL PALMER DUO

 This feature finds Santa Fe's Stephanie Hatfield & Bill Palmer unplugged, performing songs from her 2020 album "Out This Fell."Whether playing in The Stephanie Hatfield Band or Bill Palmer's TV Killers or producing this album out of Torreon (their home studio), this partnership remains one of New Mexico's most creative.  Follow these artists here:stephaniehatfieldmusic.com torreonstudio.com


Baz Francis

Jan 6, 2020

BAZ FRANCIS PLAYS MANSION HARLOTS

 Albuquerque rocker Baz Francis has never been short of musical projects, from the band Magic 8 Ball to his solo recordings, but it was his teenage self who beckoned with the return of Mansion Harlots.  That band began as a collaboration with drummer/songwriter Will Grey in 90s Britain & lasted only a short time, leaving no proper recordings, but the musical ideas of Francis & Grey never quite disappeared.  The duo recently revisited the early work, revising it with two decades' worth of musical experience & releasing the long, long, long delayed debut album "All Around a Fairground" on Magic Cat Records. In this feature Baz Francis plays songs from the album solo & acoustic.  Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch using the P-38 mic configuration on December 4, 2019. Facebook is the first stop for Baz Francis plus his bands Mansion Harlots and Magic Eight Ball.


Mineral Hill

Dec 10, 2019

MINERAL HILL

 This feature finds us in a vortex of cheese, Sasquatch, off-key whales & spam as presented by the Albuquerque/Las Vegas trio Mineral Hill playing songs from the debut album "Bulldogs & Barnacles." Recorded in Studio A on November 27, 2019 by John Strader with Ethan Stein, Mineral Hill are: Bronson Elliott: vocals, accordion, ukulele, guitarJonathan Mack: vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolinLauren Addario: drums, percussion Follow this trio on Bandcamp or at www.mineralhillband.com


The Ordinary Things

Dec 4, 2019

THE ORDINARY THINGS

 Albuquerque rockers The Ordinary Things came together over the last year & quickly built a catalog of originals from the songwriting team of Chacon & Chacon.  With a third writer emerging, they decided it was time to release their debut album "Stories." Recorded on November 25, 2019 by Chip Borton with Ethan Stein The Ordinary Things are: Jacqueline Chacon: vocals, drumJustin McLauchlin: bass, vocals, synthesizerAndrew Chacon: guitar Follow The Ordinary Things on Facebook, Instagram and Bandcamp


Sol de la Noche

Sep 3, 2019

SOL DE LA NOCHE This feature finds the Albuquerque alt-Latino outfit Sol de la Noche returning to the show after 5 years of growth & change, including the reunion of lyricists Diego Manrique & Freddy "Flowpez" Lopez whose collaboration pre-dates the formation of the original band. Recorded live in Studio A on August 27, 2019 by Roman Garcia with Chip Borton & John Strader Sol de la Noche are: Diego Manrique: vocals, acoustic guitarFlowpez: rap, percussionJessica Pacheco: vocalsKendall Jones: electric guitarMatthew Jaeger: bassAlex Flores: tromboneMichael Christmas: saxMark Gallegos: drums Find their latest album "Al Natural" plus links to solo projects & performance schedule at www.soldelanoche.com


Rue Badly Part 2

Aug 19, 2019

RUE BADLY

 Shortly before he exited Albuquerque for the heady climes of Portland, Oregon, Wyatt Granger brought his rock quartet Rue Badly for a farewell session in Studio A during which he laid down some of the new songs he'll be taking with him. Recorded on August 14th in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Ethan Stein & Marshall Broyles Rue Badly are: Wyatt Granger: vocals, guitar, loopsKendall Jones: guitarMatt Clethchtaka: bassKenny Broyles: drums Granger will be posting new music from his west coast base on Instagram, Sound Cloud & other platforms.  Search for ruebadlymuzak


A.S.K. IN PERFORMANCE

 Albuquerque garage rockers Alien Space Kitchen celebrate the release of the latest in their "Thematic e.p." project, playing songs from "Give Punk a Chance" & adding a preview of the upcoming e.p. "Return of the Muckrackers." Recorded in Studio A by Chip Borton with John Strader on July 8, 2019. Alien Space Kitchen are: Dru: vocals, guitarNoelle: vocals, drumsMess: bass Keep up with this busy outfit at www.alienspacekitchen.com or on Facebook or Bandcamp


Kito Peters

Jul 1, 2019

KITO PETERS

 For this feature Santa Fe songwriter Kito Peters returns for a rare acoustic solo visit.  With a second Album of the Year award from the NM Music Awards to his credit for the album "Soapbox" & a new album entitled "Streets of Gold" just out, Peters decided to stick to tradition & instead brought four new as-yet unrecorded songs. Follow Kito Peters music on Bandcamp.

Hoth Brothers

Jun 10, 2019

HOTH BROTHERS

 When two local solo artists found themselves cutting tree tops in northern New Mexico they had more on their minds than just getting down from the trees in one piece.  Boris McCutcheon & Bard Edrington V had so much music in common that the idea of sharing gigs came naturally, as did sharing the songs that emerged from the experience of working while aloft.  The duo name High on the Hog was quickly simplified to the HOTH Brothers & before long an ensemble formed to record their debut album "Workin' and Dreamin'." The ensemble stopped by Studio A on May 28, 2019 to play & explicate as only these two can.  Recorded by Chip Borton with John Strader & Roman Garcia the HOTH Brothers are: Bard Edrington V: vocals, banjoBoris McCutcheon: vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolinSarah Farrell: vocals, upright bassGreg Williams: drums, toys Follow the HOTH Brothers on Facebook as well as Boris &  Bard's individual projects on these websites:www.bardedringtonv.comwww.borismccutcheon.com


Five Mile Float

Jun 5, 2019

View video of Five Mile Float's May 23rd performance in KUNM's Studio A

In this feature Albuquerque rockers Five Mile Float stopped in to perform songs from their upcoming third album, including an arresting oddball cover of an 80s power ballad.

Recorded on May 23, 2019 in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Chip Borton the band are:
Zack Block: vocals, guitar
Kirk Lehman: lead guitar
Matthew Jaeger: bass
Elijah Pomerleau: drums
Matt Ehasz: drums

Find Five Mile Float on Instagram and their latest music on Spotify

UNM HONKY-TONK ENSEMBLE

 This feature captures the fourth edition of UNM's Honky-Tonk Ensemble in an end-of-term performance.  Founded by Dr. Kristina Jacobsen as the practical part of a larger program, this ensemble (co-facilitated by local luminary Alex MacMahon) features grad & undergrad students as well as Continuing Ed. scholars, some versed in Country Music, some brand new to it. Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A on April 22, 2019, the players are:Aubrie Powell: bass, vocals, drumsSierra McDowell-Nardine: guitar, vocalsEric Schaller: drums, vocalsNate Lesiak: guitarAlex McMahon: pedal steel, electric guitar The Honky-Tonk Ensemble can be accessed via the UNM online catalog.  The next edition will be co-facilitated by Alex MacMahon and Paula Corbin-Swalin.


Rue Badly

May 6, 2019

RUE BADLY

 Songwriter/composer Wyatt Granger was last on "ETG" as half of the rock duo Mountain Head, but even then his Rue Badly project was showing a different side of his songcraft.  Following the release of the band's second mixtape/e.p. (nomenclature is fluid) entitled "Desert Dayze" the duo edition of the band stopped by Studio C. Recorded on April 17th 2019 by Matthew Finch, Rue Badly are: Wyatt Granger: vocals, guitar, ukuleleKendall Jones: electric guitar Follow Rue Badly on facebook or bandcamp Jones & Granger are also members of the Albuquerque rock outfit Eugene.band


Bard Edrington V

Apr 23, 2019

BARD EDRINGTON V

 Santa Fe songwriter Bard Edrington V made his first splash on "Ear to the Ground" as part of the roots ensemble 3 String Bale.  He returns to the program after a years-long journey through Mexico & the American South with an eponymous album of songs from that era. For this acoustic performance he's joined by two of his most steadfast collaborators.  Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch on April 15, 2019 the band are: Bard Edrington V: vocals, guitarSarah Ferrell: bass, vocalsFreddy Lopez: harmonica Follow Bard Edrington V's solo work plus the Hoth Brothers (duo with Boris McCutcheon) at www.bardedringtonv.com


Alien Space Kitchen

Apr 1, 2019

ALIEN SPACE KITCHEN

 In 2018, Albuquerque trio Alien Space Kitchen launched the ASK EP Project, an ongoing series of themed EP releases, each one focused on a topic or musical style, or both.  For this visit the band played songs from the first volume "The Golden Age of Climate Change"plus a gem from 2006's "Some of this Is True." Recorded on March 26 in Studio C by Matthew Finch, Alien Space Kitchen are: Dru: vocals, electric guitarNoelle: drums, vocalsMess: bass With two more themed EPs already recorded this band promises to be busy throughout 2019.  Keep up with them at www.alienspacekitchen.com


Eryn Bent

Mar 25, 2019

ERYN BENT SOLO ACOUSTIC

 Montana-born songwriter Eryn Bent began her life as a New Mexico musician in Santa Fe & currently works out of Albuquerque.  As she prepared to release her ep "Go Down Fighting" & return to the studio for a larger project, she dropped by Studio C to give us the "coffee house" versions of  songs that appear in much grander orchestrations on her recordings..  In the interview she takes us a little bit inside a songwriter's development & the wonders of a stable band. Engineered by Matthew Finch Follow Eryn Bent on Reverb Nation


Lone Piñon

Mar 4, 2019
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LONE PIÑON

 One of New Mexico's hardest working folkloric groups return to Studio A to play songs from their third album "Dale Vuelo," an album that shows the founding duo bringing on multiple guest players & singers into an ever-expanding range of Hispano/Mexicano roots music. Recorded by Roman Garcia with John Strader on February 21, 2019, Lone Piñon are: Jordan Wax: vocals, violin, button accordion, mandolin, guitarNoah Martinez: bajo quinto, huapanguera quinto, guitar, piano accordion Follow this always-busy band at www.lonepinon.com


Dust City Opera

Feb 26, 2019

DUST CITY OPERA

 As they prepared for the release of their debut album "Heaven" the Dust City Opera ensemble brought their cracked folk sounds to KUNM's Studio A.  In this six-piece, songwriter Paul Hunton brings together musicians from multiple local bands & disciplines to make a big, unpredictable sound. Recorded by Roman Garcia with Marino Spencer on February 5, 2019, Dust City Opera are: Paul Hunton: lead vocals, electric guitarTravis Rourke: vocals, tromboneJared Putnam: electric lead guitarClara Bynom: clarinet, accordionJustin McLauchlin: electric bassGreg Williams: drums, percussionSydney Counce: Fifth Beatle, videographer Follow the band, their dates & videos at www.dustcityopera.com


The Merlettes

Jan 29, 2019
Tristan Clum

Albuquerque's Merlettes formed in 2015 as an all-female honky-tonk band made up of local all-stars.  Beginning with the Country canon the group soon added original material to move beyond the "retro" image.  For this session the 5-piece played an all-original set of songs from the pen of Kristina Jacobsen.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A on January 18, 2019 Merlettes are: Kristina Jacobsen: guitar, lead vocalsDair Obenshain: fiddle, vocalsMeredith Wilder: vocalsLaura Leach Devlin: bassSharon Eldridge: drums Follow Merlettes' gigs at kristinajacobsenmusic.com


David Berkeley

Jan 22, 2019

In this feature Santa Fe singer/songwriter/author David Berkeley performs songs from his ep "The Faded Red & Blue" & talks about writing topical songs in a toxic atmosphere.  He also speaks of his new project as half of the theatrical-folk duo Sons of Town Hall.

 Recorded by Matthew Finch in Studio C on January 15, 2019. Follow Berkeley at www.davidberkeley.com


Kate & Lizzy Vargas

Jan 2, 2019

KATE & LIZZY VARGAS

With the release of "For the Restless & Wandering" Americana artist Kate Vargas has a third album under her belt, but a national tour is still off in the future.   For this Studio C session, the Corrales-raised/NYC-based songwriter is joined by her partner in the trio The Reckless Daughters, sister Lizzy Vargas. Recorded by Matthew Finch on December 20, 2018, the players are: Kate Vargas: vocals, guitarLizzy Vargas: vocals Special thanks to Roman Garcia for the use of his late-model Martin guitar. Follow Kate Vargas (& soon, The Reckless Daughters) at www.katevargas.com


Shrewd

Dec 19, 2018

SHREWD are a 4-piece Rock outfit from Albuquerque who made their album debut with "Keep Your Live Down" recorded in the original Burt's Tiki Lounge.  Marty Adam Smith brought the band into Studio A in November of 2018 to record tracks that were then remixed by Johnny Limits.   Always on a first-name basis, the band were: Moe, vocals & guitarKevin, guitarSteve, bassAaron, drums Find SHREWD on Facebook


Ryan Montaño Quintet

Dec 10, 2018

RYAN MONTAÑO QUINTET

 In this feature Albuquerque jazzman Ryan Montaño leads his quintet in a session of originals from his just-released album "Truth Journey." Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia on November 29, 2018 the players are: Ryan Montaño: trumpetSteve Figueroa: keyboards, samplesClaudio Tolousse: electric guitarMarcus Schiebold: bassThomas Primozic: drums In addition to his musical career, Montaño is an accomplished videographer & actor.  Follow him at www.ryanmontano.com


Hurdle

Nov 30, 2018

Transplanted from Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Hurdle’s members met in the Duke City to birth their own brand of music which includes ingredients from pop, rock, country, zydeco, indie, and spices.  With double entendre lyrics that cover a realm from gambling to back-and-forth power struggles in interpersonal relationships, there are no restrictions to this acoustic group’s arrangements.

When asked what the key to the chemistry between its members, drummer Karl Wulffraat replied, “Hold on a sec.  I gotta answer this text.”

Newest to the ensemble, accordionist/banjoist Bud Melvin answered “I’m just in it for the salted nuts.”

Matt Corson, vocalist/guitarist/unspiritual advisor, rolled his eyes, tuned his guitar and waited for Karl to randomly giggle at his text conversation which lasted another 3 minutes.  

 

In late October, Hurdle performed some tunes in Studio A and chatted with Marty Adamsmith in Studio C at KUNM. Take a listen.


Lara Manzanares

Nov 21, 2018
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Lara Manzanares is a singer/songwriter, weaver and designer currently based in Corrales.  Her debut album "Land Baby" boasts an A-List of Santa Fe musicians and was recognized with a Best Album award from the New Mexico Music Awards.  

Jonah Michea Judy

Oct 23, 2018

Songwriter Jonah Michea Judy has a history of restlessness, both musically & geographically.  For this feature he performs original songs from his just-released full-length "Appalachian Grandbaby" & talks to DJ Lila about a career that spans acoustic & EDM music, comedy & the building of tiny houses. Recorded on October 17, 2018 by Jalila Arthur  Follow this artist at www.jonahmicheajudy.com or find his video work on Youtube


Alchemie

Oct 16, 2018

Alchemie is not a duo; it's a band made up of two Albuquerque  musicians who slip between genre boundaries to create songs that are by turns heartfelt & comic.  This session finds them playing songs from their 2017 release "Dark" as well as an exceptionally sly American standard.

 Recorded in Studio C on October 12, 2018 by Jalila Arthur, Alchemie are:Nancy Haubrich: vocals, keyboardsRobert Danielson: vocals, drum kit Keep up with Alchemie's new songs, videos & gigs at www.alchemielab.com


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