KUNM Studio Sessions

David Berkeley

Feb 8, 2016

Singer/songwriter writer David Berkeley has appeared on KUNM a number of times, and while we've asked him about his work as a prose writer we've never gotten a chance to hear how his prose projects inform his songs and vice versa. Until now.

For this session David brought his band of "Santa Fe champions" along with the just-released story collection The Free Brontosaurus to give us a taste of this project in its natural environment.

Recorded on January 30, 2016 the performers are:
David Berkeley: vocals, acoustic guitar, readings
Ben Wright:  electric guitar, harmony vocals
Josh Martin: electric bass, harmony vocals
Paul Feathericci: drums, percussion

Engineered by Ethan Stein

Keep track of David Berkeley at www.davidberkeley.com.

Since her debut CD release at age 18 Meredith Wilder has become one of the most high-profile musicians in Albuquerque's Americana scene.

Splitting time between the trio Wildewood and half a dozen other projects, Wilder has continued with her own song-writing and brought us songs from her second solo album, the just-released "The Coming of the Night." Included here are songs which emerged from an on-line writers group Wilder frequents.

Recorded January 18, 2016 by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles the band are:

Meredith Wilder: guitar, lead vocal
Colin Baillio: upright bass
Sage Harrington: harmony vocals

Keep track of Meredith Wilder and the other two members of Wildewood and all their far-flung projects at www.wildewoodmusic.com.

Lone Piñon

Jan 20, 2016

On January 13, 2016 we opened Studio C up for a visit from neo-traditionalists Lone Piñon. The trio has appeared at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, ¡Globalquerque! and local venues in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.   

As their debut CD "Trio Nuevo Mexicano" rolls out, the group brought folkloric and classic songs from both Mexico and Northern NM and spoke about the very different roads that brought them to embrace these traditions.

Lone Piñon are:

Jordan Wax: violin, vocals
Greg Glassman: guitar, vocals
Noah Martinez: guitarron.

Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch.

5 Star Motelles

Nov 25, 2015

It's been a long time since "Ear to the Ground" featured an all-the-way-live performance on a Saturday night.  This Studio Session features Albuquerque's 5 Star Motelles live on-air from Studio A on November 21, 2015 in a mix of retro originals & updated girl group classics from their self-titled LP.

5 Star Motelles are:
Marisa Demarco: vocals, bass
Amy Dalness: vocals, keyboards, ninja effects
Laura "Coco" Marrich:   vocals, guitar
Mauro Woody:  vocals, guitar
Giovanna Anderson:  drums, vocals

Engineered live by Roman Garcia.

Keep track of 5 Star Motelles at motelles.com.

This feature captures Albuquerque's Justin Evan Thompson & band in Studio A on November 5, 2015.  To celebrate the release of his debut CD as a solo artist, Thompson brought us some of the players who helped make the album "Hymns for a Manchild," including the Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Louise.

Justin Evan Thompson: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Gabrielle Louise: vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Hunton: electric guitar
John McMillan: bass

Engineered by Roman Garcia.  
Special thanks to Jalila Arthur & Jefferson White

Keep up with Justin Evan Thompson on Facebook.

Clark Andrew Libbey

Nov 2, 2015

In this week's feature rocker Clark Andrew Libbey steps away from ensembles (Broken Fables, The Shacks, Bellamah, etc) to give us a solo acoustic taste of his new album "Food Or Cash" along with some newly-written songs.  In the interview, he discusses the need for working musicians to develop a business plan.

Clark Andrew Libbey: vocals and guitar

Recorded in Studio A, October 30, 2015 by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Clark Andrew Libbey on Reverbnation or Facebook.

On September 25th and 26th KUNM Production Director Roman Garcia and team headed to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque for the 11th Annual Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture.

  The five-hour live broadcast could not include full performances, and a few artists were left out entirely.

Not to worry, we still recorded everything from all three stages, so browse the audio files below (categorized by stage they performed on), click, and enjoy!

AJ Woods

Aug 17, 2015

Albuquerque singer/songwriter AJ Woods joined us in Studio C on August 13 for an original set along with tour partners Wildewood.

AJ Woods: vocals, guitar, harp
Alex McMahon: dobro, tenor banjo
Greg Williams: drums & toys
Meredith Wilder: vocals

Keep up with AJ Woods on Facebook and bandcamp.
Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

ABQ Summerfest 2015

Jul 22, 2015

Albuquerque's SummerFest series came to Nob Hill on July 18 for a full day open air extravaganza that concluded with a seasonal downpour.  KUNM's Roman Garcia and Eli Willard were on site to record the Main Stage performers:

Mystic Vic Blues Band
NuMethods
Alex Maryol Band
Honey House
Leni Stern African Quartet
Roomful of Blues
 

Final mix/editing by Eli Willard.  Special thanks to John from Audio Excellence.

Sol De La Noche

Jul 15, 2015

This week's feature spotlights Albuquerque's Sol de la Noche in a mix of Diego Manrique originals and classics from Colombia, Cuba & beyond.  At any particular time this group can perform as anything from a duo to an 11-piece band.  For this performance Sol de la Noche were:

Diego Manrique: vocals, guitar
Gabriela Garza: vocals, percussion, melodica
Diego Flores, bass
Oscar Gamboa: percussion
Jose Chicas: trumpet

Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.

Keep up with the band at www.soldelanoche.com.

Click to see video.

Carol Boss visited with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill when they came through town on her show "Afternoon Freeform" on 89.9 KUNM. They chatted a bit and played three of their lovely irished-tinged songs for fiddle and guitar.

Martin Hayes, fiddle
Dennis Cahill, Guitar

Carol Boss, host

Videography by Jefferson White

This week's feature brings together two 2014 sessions with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood. 

BaBa

Jun 29, 2015

This week we feature the Albuquerque duo BaBa playing early Jazz tunes from the new CD "Rosetta" plus originals.  In the interview they talk about making the most of stripped-down orchestration and the presiding influence of silent film icon Buster Keaton on their own tunes.

Recorded in Studio C on June 19, BaBa are:
Steven Robert Allen: banjo, vocal
Mark Weaver: tuba

Engineered by Matthew Finch
Videographer: Jefferson White

Keep up with BaBa at www.planetbaba.com

Until now, award-winning Santa Fe songwriter Kito Peters had been joining us as a solo performer for "Ear to the Ground."  For this week's feature he brings multi-instrumentalist (and co-producer) John Kurzweg to perform songs from the new CD "Design Flaw."

As usual, Peters unveils some brand new songs destined for the next album.  Recorded by Roman Garcia in Studio A, January 15, 2015.

Kito Peters: lead vocal. rhythm guitar
John Kurzweg: lead guitar, vocals

We've also included one solo song from last year's Studio C session.

Find both musicians here:
www.kitopeters.com
www.johnkurzweg.com

Elaine Baumgartel

Click to see both "Faith" and "Rope" videos.

Part 1 of The MilTones Performance and Interview:

Part 2 of The MilTones Performance and Interview:

In this two-part feature we catch The Mil-Tones Brass Band as they prepare to record their debut album.

Drawn from musicians across the state, The Mil-Tones bring the New Orleans brass sound to a wide array of styles, offering new arrangements of Jazz tunes as well as Rock covers and daring originals.

Recorded in Studio A on May 27, 2015, for this performance The Mil-Tones were:

Milton Villarrubia III: drum kit, band leader
Jeremy Bleich: electric guitar
JQ Whitcomb: trumpet
Dan Pearlman: cornet
Ryan Finn: trombone
Mark Weaver: tuba
Dan Barton: tenor sax
Matt Briggs: tenor & baritone sax
Paul Bossert: sousaphone
Ben Wright: sousaphone
Elliot Ryan: percussion

Studio engineering and post-production by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles
Video production: Jefferson White

Find The Mil-Tones on Facebook; a larger web presence will be rolling out soon.

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