KUNM Studio Sessions

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