KUNM Studio Sessions

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


A Band Named Sue is the gender bent love child of Neil Young and Dolly Parton. Coupling an Alternative-Folk-Country-Bluegrassabilly-Blend of tributes and originals with a flirtatious charm, Sue is bound to make their audiences smile. Wrong for all the right reasons, A Band Named Sue serves up diverse entertainment for a diverse world.

They played on Afternoon Freeform on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 with the following lineup:

Beck Rivera - bass

Adrien Lawyer - vocals, guitar

Wendy Stephens - vocals, banjo

Dair Obenshain - fiddle, vocals


Cheap Shots stopped by Afternoon Freeform to play some tunes and talk about the upcoming Albuquerque Folk Fest. More information on the band here.


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.


Stateline

May 6, 2019

STATELINE

Stateline is a country rock band from a small community on the Navajo Reservation called White Cone, Arizona. The band has established a name for their live electrifying performances which captivated audiences all over Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. They were in town for the annual Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow and stopped by our studio for a live performance and conversation with host Ronnie B..

 Travis Friday - Lead Guitarist / Lead Vocalist
Merle Friday - Drums
Emery Denny - Rhythm Guitarist
Sean Taylor - Bass Guitar


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
lonepinon.com

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


Bobcats Trio

Feb 18, 2019

BOBCATS TRIO Despite playing together for a number of years it wasn't until this year that the Bobcats Trio decided to bring out their debut album "Music for the Sole."  As the title suggests, these Jazz veterans hold high the banner of Jazz as dance music, whether the tune is swing, Brazilian or a new take on a classic. Recorded live in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Merino Spencer on February 12, 2019 Bobcats Trio are: Bob Gusch: clarinet, sax, fluteDan Dowling: 7 string electric guitar, vocalsJohn Griffin: upright bass Learn more about the Bobcats & related bands at www.bobgusch.wordpress.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


Wild Humans

Jan 8, 2019

WILD HUMANS

 The Albuquerque acoustic ensemble Wild Humans completed work on their album debut "Of Course" in early 2018, but after sending exclusive copies to their Kickstarter backers the album remained unreleased & the band went quiet. 2019 dawned with the release of the album "Wild Humans" a top-to-bottom recasting of the "Of Course" tracks.  Founding members Julian Wild & April Lisette returned to Studio C with the new album in hand & the story of its reincarnation. Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch the performers were:Julian Wild: guitar, vocalsApril Lisette: vocals Follow Julian Wild and Wild Humans on Facebook.


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
Philip Wiley, from laramanzanares.com

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.  

The Glass Key Trio

Nov 12, 2018

THE GLASS KEY TRIO 

 This Santa Fe Folk/Jazz/Noir ensemble is relatively new to the scene, but is comprised of players who are both well-traveled & well-seasoned.We caught up with them shortly before their Albuquerque debut at the Outpost Performance Space. Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A on November 5, 2018 the Glass Key Trio are: Jeremy Bleich: acoustic guitar/composerPaul Brown: upright bassMilton Villlarubia III: drums Follow this project along with other musical endeavors of Jeremy Bleich aon bandcamp or Facebook or search for Grasshopper Music


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


Mystic Journey

Sep 25, 2018

MYSTIC JOURNEY

 In this feature we meet Santa Fe's Mystic Journey.  This multi award-winning instrumental ensemble combines the energy of global roots music with an irrepressible spirit of improvisation.  Typically a four-piece, this session finds the group in their original duo format. Recorded by Roman Garcia on September 20, 2018, Mystic Journey are: Suzanne Teng: double ocarina, alto flute, ditza, hulusa, Native American fluteGilbert Levy:  drums, percussion, hang, veena Keep up with Mystic Journey's albums, performances & instrument store at www.mysticjourney.net


Sage Harrington

Sep 19, 2018
sageharrington.com

SAGE HARRINGTON

 This session features Albuquerque songwriter Sage Harrington playing songs old & new on her 1920s Martin ukulele, offering a preview of the annual ABQ Uke Fest in late September where she will be one of the featured instructors/performers. In addition to her solo work & as part of the duo Sage & Jared's Harry Gland Band (with Jared Putnam), Harrington has expanded her ukulele work to include instruction both in person & online. Interview & production by Jalila Arthur, Studio C, September 13, 2018. Find out more about Sage Harrington's instruction work as well as Sage & Jared's upcoming album plus her own projects, including Sweet William (musical adaptations of the poems of Sara Teasedale) at www.sageharrington.com. Find out more about the Festival at www.abqukefest.com


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


Pages