KUNM Studio Sessions

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.


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.

Alex Maryol Band

Mar 17, 2020

With his latest album "In the Meantime" Santa Fe guitarist Alex Maryol returns to the slashing electric style that defined his early career.  For this all-original session we get Maryol's trio in its primetime line-up. Recorded in Studio A on February 21, 2020 by Ethan Stein, the trio are: Alex Maryol: vocals, electric guitarJustin McLauchlin: electric bass, vocalsAndrew Primm: drums Find out more about "In the Meantime" & Alex's performance schedule (duo, trio & solo) at

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 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.

Photo: Reece Martínez - www.http://www.laramanzanares.com

Con un tono de voz inconfundible y una poesía que desarma el alma y fortalece esperanzas, Lara Manzanares crece en el horizonte artístico nuevomexicano. Lara conversa en vivo con Cristina Baccin sobre sus nuevos proyectos, nuevos temas musicales y sus próximos recitales en el programa Raíces. También nos cuenta cómo integra su arte textil con la incorporación del sonido del telar en sus composiciones. // With an unmistakable tone of voice and poetry that can disarm your soul and strengthen your hopes, Lara Manzanares grows in the New Mexican artistic horizon. Lara talks with host Cristina Baccin about her new projects and upcoming recitals. She also tells us about incorporating the sounds of her textile art into her musical compositions. (2/29, 3:30pm)

More information: http://www.laramanzanares.com/shows

Sweet Roll

Feb 13, 2020

Albuquerque neo-soul band Sweet Roll is appearing this Friday - Valentine's Day - at Meow Wolf to play some romantic, Frontier-cinnamon-roll-inspired tunes. They discuss their unique sound in an interview with Marty Adamsmith.  Appearing on the Studio A session are: 

Rayna Torres - Vocals

Zach Leyba - Drums

Josh Prigge - Bass

Bryce Fletcher (Reighnbeau) - Dual Keyboards



 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


 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


 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


 This "Afternoon Freeform" performance finds the Alt-Latino/Andean  powerhouse group in a downsized, acoustic line-up, playing songs intended for their next album "Volver Atras." Recorded in Studio A on November 21, 2019 by Chip Borton & John Strader, Baracutanga Acoustica are: Jackie Zamora: vocalsCarlos Noboa: bass, vocals, quenaKilko Paz: vocals, charango, cajonJoseph Altamirano: guitar, pan fluteMicah Hood: trombone, pan flute Follow Baracutanga & the progress of "Volver Atras" at www.baracutanga.com

The Ordinary Things

Dec 4, 2019


 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

View video of Bellemah's October 24th performance in KUNM's Studio A

Billy Bellmont recently played KUNM's Studio A with his band Bellemah. Featured first by Brandon Kennedy on Afternoon Freeform, then aired by Matthew Finch on Ear to the Ground. The band's  recent studio album is available here.

Bellemah is:

Billy Bellmont: Guitar, vox
Roger Apodaca: Guitar, keys
Ben Levine: Drums, vox
Stue Trory: Keys
Peri Pakroo: Bass, vox  

Fiddles en el Fuego

Oct 30, 2019

New Mexico has no shortage of top drawer violinists in multiple genres.  This feature spotlights three examples of fiddlers lighting it up with electronics live from our own Studio C:

First is Robb Janov's Electra-Loop project, followed by Sage Cornelius in a recent visit to Brandon Kennedy's "Thursday Freeform" playing over composed tracks.  Finally we have the radio premiere of the Parson Sisters "Techno Contra No. 1" in which Mirinisa Stewart-Tanko's fiddle meets Clara Byom's work on clarinet, keyboards & triggered tracks.

Performances engineered by Matthew Finch & Brandon Kennedy

Internationally award-winning pianist and composer, Elizabeth Capra, joins with looping cellist, composer and multidisciplinary artist, Keely Mackey, and looping violinist and composer, Robb Janov, to play some tunes in our studio in anticipation of their performance at Fusion Forum Theatre tonight.

More information available here.

When Dave Payne left the venerable roots band Saltine Ramblers for solo projects he did so without a regular band.  By his second album the Salt Cedar outfit was in place & Payne's writing took on a new trajectory.

As their self-titled album rolled out, they decided to play us as-yet unrecorded songs, plus two covers of New Mexican songs from a distant time.

Recorded in Studio A by John Strader on October 1, 2019, the band are:

Dave Payne: vocals, guitar
Dave Devlin:  electric guitar, pedal steel, dobro, vocals
Cory Minefee: electric bass, vocals
Cheese: drums, vocals

Follow Dave Payne on Facebook.

In anticipation of Halloween, KUNM offers here a studio session with local noir fiction writers reading distinctly Burqueño spooky stories.

Featured here are:

Justin Bendell

Tori Cárdenas

Mitch Marty

Steve Brewer

Ana June

with commentary from Spoken Word Hour host Marty Adamsmith and poet Gigi Bella

View video of Lily and Horn Horse's September 26th performance in KUNM's Studio A

A duo hailing from New York, New York, Lily and Horn Horse play   

Afternoon Freeform. Their pop stylings contains both experimental and bubblegum sounds.

Baz Francis

Oct 2, 2019

In this feature we make the acquaintance of songwriter/performer Baz Francis, newly arrived from Los Angeles.  Francis shares acoustic solo versions of songs from his LA bands Mansion Harlots & Magic Eight Ball as well as one from his solo album "The Face that Launched a Thousand Shipwrecks."  

Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch on September 25, 2019.

Francis tours frequently, but is just now developing a presence in New Mexico.  Keep up with him on Reverb Nation https://www.reverbnation.com/magiceightball or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ilovemagiceightball

Albuquerque songwriter Clark Andrew Libbey was already building a career as both solo performer & regular member of a number of Albuquerque bands, but when the chance to do his originals country style he couldn't resist & The High Desert Playboys were born.  To celebrate their debut on Slow Start Records the band came to Studio A to play songs from "Country Music for your Trip to Mars."


Recorded by Ethan Stein with Chip Borton on September 19, 2019, the High Desert Playboys are:


Clark Andrew Libbey: vocals, guitar

Kristen Rad: electric violin, vocals

Jeff Wilson: upright bass

Ryan Goodhue: keyboards, vocals

Mikey Hale: drums, vocals

Fifth Beatles: Cara Haynes, Bud Melvin

 The band can appear as anything from a duo to a 6-piece.  Follow them at www.highdesertplayboys.com

The Rahim Alhaj trio

Sep 19, 2019

For this special feature Albuquerque's renowned composer/oud master Rahim Alhaj & his trio perform original tunes from the 2018 album "One Sky" and discuss the dynamics of presenting music from a group of Iraqi, Iranian & US nationals to audiences worldwide.

Recorded by Chip Borton with John Strader in Studio A on  August 28, 2019, the Trio are: Rahim Alhaj, oudSourena Sefati: santourNick Baker: percussion Most of the Rahim Alhaj catalog is available from Smithsonian Folkways.  Keep up with him at www.rahimalhaj.com

Albuquerque songwriter August James is appearing this Thursday, September 19th, at 7PM, at Insideout in downtown Albuquerque. More information here: https://holdmyticket.com/event/343853

Follow August on Bandcamp to get an email about the upcoming album: https://augustjames.bandcamp.com/

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


 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

Sol Fire

Aug 13, 2019

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, radio host and DJ, Maria Elena Ipiotis had guests Amado & Buddy Abeyta visit the KUNM studio. She spoke with them and they played a few songs live as well as a few off of their new EP.

Maríon Carrillo joins Marty Adamsmith for playing his tunes live and chat on Spoken Word Hour.

More information on the artist can be found at https://marioncarrillo.com/

7.27.19 Raíces "Los Indie Rockers" Angel Garcia, Carlos Mendoza, Mina Gonzalez & Evan Rico, with Maria Elena


 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


 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.

Danny T. stopped by Singing Wire for a live performance and to talk about their new release "Hands of Silence".

Learn more about the band on facebook.