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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
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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


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


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