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Javier Ortega

19 hours ago

This Session features Javier Ortega in solo performance.  After making his mark locally as a guitarist & singer in a wide range of bands, Ortega left for 13 months of work & writing in Chile.  He returned to Albuquerque a different kind of songwriter & quickly assembled a team of top local artists for an Outpost show that was released as the album "10 Years And a Day."

 Here he gives us solo versions of three of those songs & talks about his sojourn, the importance of the Hummingbird & Full Circle Productions music camps in assembling that one-night-only band, & where he heads next. Recorded on June 13 by Matthew Finch in Studio C. Ortega plays out both solo & as a member of the electric band Phercad.  Follow him on Face Book at javierortegasongwriter.


Coco O'Connor

Jun 5, 2018
All Access Music

COCO O'CONNOR SOLO ACOUSTIC

 Since emerging from her Bluegrass roots in Alabama, singer/songwriter  Coco O'Connor has charted a musical course through Country, Roots & Rock styles, but she calls her newest release "This Ol' War" her most "totally me record" yet. For this Studio C visit she & her guitar lay down the folk side of her new work.  In the interview this Santa Fean explains how she chose to make such a personal record in a Nashville studio. Recorded by Matthew Finch, June, 1 2018, the musicians are: Coco O'Connor: vocals, guitarFifth Beatle: Taylor O'Connor Follow Coco here: cocooconnor.comLearn more about Wolf Rescue here: saintfranciswolfsanctuary.org


Sunburnt Stone

May 7, 2018

April's annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow features an ever-expanding presence of contemporary Native artists who hold forth on Stage 49 at the Gathering & other Albuquerque venues during the days just before & after the event..  For his April 26th edition of "Freeform" host Brandon Kennedy invited Native poets, rappers & songwriters to perform live.  One of these groups is the rock outfit Sunburnt Stone.

Founders Andrew Wilson & Daryl Young emerged from the New Mexico Metal scene, but with this new project found a different direction.  Broadcast live from Studio A on April 26, 2018 Sunburnt Stone were: Andrew "Buzzy" Wilson: vocals, guitarNichole Tsosie: percussionPat Hepburn: bass Daryl Young (guitar) was unable to join the band that day, but D-Dat member Delbert Anderson sat in on trumpet for the first tune. Engineered live by Roman Garcia with Ben Montoya.  Hosted by Brandon Kennedy. Find Sunburnt Stone's music & schedule at www.sunburntstone.com


MOUNTAIN HEAD
 Since forming in 2014 the Albuquerque garage rock duo have released two eps with a third -- "Act Natural" -- on the way.  This session brings Mountain Head to our mics for one of their final performances ... for now.As one member heads off to the West Coast they simply decided that no garage was big enough to accommodate them, and they would pursue solo work for the time being. Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia on April 24, 2018 Mountain Head are: Wyatt Granger: vocals, guitar, effectsAudrin Baghaie: drums, vocals Look for Mountain Head's latest ep on Bandcamp, Sound Cloud & other online sites. 


Liner Notes from the album Elemental

Songwriters Kristina Jacobsen & Meredith Wilder have performed in support of each other's work for many years, but with the inaugural Songs from the Rez Artists' Retreat their collaboration as songwriters was born.

 They dropped by KUNM to play songs from their new ep "Elemental," an album recorded in a Colorado cabin. Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch in February, 2018 (& 2017 for an early version of "Leave Home to Come Home"), the musicians are: Meredith Wilder: vocals, acoustic guitar

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals, lap steel, acoustic guitar

 Keep track of the many ongoing projects of both artists here: if two: www.meredithwilder.me           www.kristinajacobsenmusic.com The album "Elemental" can be accessed at  

https://meredithwilder.bandcamp.com/album/elemental


Silver String Band

Mar 14, 2018

In this feature we catch up with Albuquerque's Silver String Band.  The 5-piece features string players known locally for work in Peg Leg Joe, Squash Blossom Boys & other ensembles, but it's the musical restlessness of this group that marks them as something new.

 Playing tunes from the forthcoming album "Keep Running" (plus an early gem) Silver String Band are: Jakob Chavez: vocals, mandolinPaul Hunton:  vocals, upright bassLars Fabricius-Olsen:  banjo, vocalsEmily Anslover:  violinKyle Malone: acoustic & electric guitar. Recorded on March 8, 2018 by Roman Garcia with Ben MontoyaKeep up with Silver String Band at www.downtofolk.com


Photo taken by Mark Weber

The leaves were already falling last October when Thursday "All That Jazz" host Mark Weber invited local Jazz luminaries Lewis Winn (Albuquerque) & Milo Jaramillo (Isleta Pueblo) to come up for some impromptu duets, beginning the live broadcast with the classic "Autumn Leaves."

 Performed live on-air on October 26, 2017 & engineered by Mark Weber the players are: Lewis Winn: Langston AlphacasterMilo Jaramillo: 5-string bass Both players can be found in multiple ensembles around New Mexico, Winn most notably in the Alpha Cats, Jaramillo in the trio Red Hot & Red.


This feature spotlights the music of Tin Pan Alley as performed by The Muldawers (Banjo Judy & Michael) for their new CD "Back In Time."  The duo give a pocket history lesson in the roots of American Pop Music & season the proceedings with live performances.  They also talk briefly about the work in senior homes & hospitals, as well as Judy's work holding free ukulele sessions in Albuquerque libraries & the Watermelon Music space.

Recorded live in Studio C on December 28 by Matthew Finch, the duo are:

 Michael Muldawer: vocals, guitarBanjo Judy Muldawer: vocals, ukulele Keep up with all their projects & find 150 song charts for ukulele (including a special beginner's section) at www.banjojudy.com


Beautiful William

Dec 6, 2017

BEAUTIFUL WILLIAM

 This Studio Session catches the duo Beautiful William performing songs from their debut recording "There Will Come Soft Rains" & talking about adapting the early 20th century poetry of Sara Teasdale to contemporary music. Recorded on December 2, 2017 by Matthew Finch in Studio C, Beautiful William are: Sage Harrington: vocals, soprano ukuleleMeredith Wilder: vocals, electric & acoustic guitar A follow-up project with more Teasdale adaptations is in the works already; keep up with this project at beautifulwilliam.com


For this Thanksgiving Weekend feature we assembled live recordings from singer-songwriter Boris McCutcheon's last two visits plus a solo acoustic gem from 2010.

 Recorded live by Roman Garcia in Studio A in 2017 & 2014 the musicians are: Boris McCutcheon: vocals, acoustic guitarBrett Davis: banjo, electric guitar, vocals Based in northern New Mexico, Boris McCutcheon performs regularly across the region, both solo & with The Mighty Saltlicks.  Keep up with him on Facebook or at www.borismccutcheon.com.


This brief visit features The Gabrielle Louise Trio with NM native Justin Evan Thompson.  They stopped into Studio C mid-way through the New Mexico leg of their Made for Something More tour. Recorded by Matthew Finch on November 9 in Studio C, the Trio are: Gabrielle Louise: vocals, acoustic guitarJustin Even Thompson: electric guitar, vocalsJohn Stilwagen: keyboard, accordion "If the Static Clears" is Gabrielle Louise's latest album.  Find her at www.gabriellelouise.com

Fred Johnson, Part 2

 Fred Johnson returns to Studio A, and like their first visit the Albuquerque trio laid down a host of songs drawn from multiple Jazz, Folk, Celtic & Latin traditions mixed with keenly observed originals.Recorded by Roman Garcia on October 24, 2017 in Studio A, Fred Johnson are: Sean O'Connor: vocals, acoustic & electric banjoJoe Silva: vocals, guitarMark Weaver: tuba, drums Follow Fred Johnson on bandcamp


Fred Johnson Trio

Nov 13, 2017

Fred Johnson, Part 1

 Fred Johnson returns to Studio A, and like their first visit, the Albuquerque trio laid down a host of songs drawn from multiple Jazz, Folk, Celtic & Latin traditions mixed with keenly observed originals.Recorded by Roman Garcia on October 24, 2017 in Studio A, Fred Johnson are: Sean O'Connor: vocals, acoustic & electric banjoJoe Silva: vocals, guitarMark Weaver: tuba, drums Follow Fred Johnson on bandcamp


Saudade

Nov 1, 2017

This session features the 5-piece Brazilian band Saudade in live performance.  The Albuquerque ensemble began as a duo over a dozen years ago & has since expanded both their musical palette & source material.  This rare studio visit was recorded in Studio A on October 12, 2017 by Roman Garcia, interview by Matthew Finch. Saudade are: Debo: vocals, percussionBob Gusch: clarinet, sax, flute, percussionLisa Lopez: keyboardsMickey Patten: bassJefferson Voorhees: drums, vocals. Keep up with Saudade at reverbnation.com/saudadeabq


Acceptable Losses

Oct 25, 2017

This time the Generation Listen Podcast brings us a Studio A visit with Albuquerque rockers Acceptable Losses, playing road-tested originals that often reference their lives on tour.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia in October 2017, Acceptable Losses are: Wake Gardner, front manAiden Gardner, guitarJosh Galloway, bassTrey Baker, drums Special thanks to Jalila Arthur & Fawaz Lawal. Find Acceptable losses on bandcamp and facebook.


Kito Peters

Oct 16, 2017

Santa Fe's Kito Peters is one of the most prolific songwriters in the State of New Mexico, but it's a rairity to hear him play live.  To celebrate the release of his new album "Dark Rain" (Album number what?  Not even he knows) Peters brought his guitar & four as-yet unrecorded songs to share.

 Recorded on October 11 by Matthew Finch.  Keep up with Kito Peters at www.kitopeters.com


joewestmusic.com

This week we feature a visit with Santa Fe's tireless songwriter/impresario Joe West as he brings the latest edition of his Halloween-themed Theater of Death show to Madrid's Engine House Theater.

This year's edition is titled "The Marijuana Morality Plays" and along with cast member Catie Lord, Joe shares songs from the upcoming production along with a song from his latest solo album "Rodeo of the Soul." Recorded in Studio C on October 6th by Matthew Finch the players are: Joe West: vocals, keyboardCatie Lord: vocals, ukulele Keep up with Joe West performances & productions at joewestmusic.com


dukecityriots.com

Sat. 9/9 7p: Duke City Riots has upcoming gigs at Blue Grasshopper in Rio Rancho Saturday September 9th, 8:30 PM and in Albuquerque Saturday September 16th, 9:30 PM.

Their "songs of protest forged in the fires of revolt" are timely but would rock in any historical era. They chat about their work with host Marty Adamsmith.  Shannon Haworth-drums, C.S. Parker-bass & vocals, & Ron Ruest-guitar.


markweber.free-jazz.net

     As part of a show celebrating the melodic possibilities of the upright bass we re-air a live duet performance from Mark Weber's Thursday edition of "All That Jazz" from May 18, 2017 featuring two of Albuquerque's most in-demand jazz players: Colin Deuble: double bassCal Haines: drums Recorded off-air & mixed live by Mark Weber.  Post-production by Cal Haines


The Dogbone Trio

Jul 17, 2017

The Dogbone Trio is a 26-footed instrumental outfit best found on early morning dog walks.  This feature captures the Trio (sans canines) in what was then their ninth performance ever, rehearsals included, mixing composed originals, covers & improvisations.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on July 7, 2017 The Dogbone Trio are:

Jefferson Voorhees: drum kit
Maren Hatch: upright bass
Micah Hood: trumpet, electronics

Follow the continuing adventures of The Dogbone Trio on Facebook


Cactus Tractor Sgt. Pepper
cactustractor.com

On May 23rd, Albuquerque's Cactus Tractor came by to offer an acoustic preview of two very different projects.  After playing a pair of newly-written songs the band peeled back the curtain on their upcoming re-make of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."  In between they talk about approaching the Beatles landmark album by starting with the original charts & orchestration.

 Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles, for this performance Cactus Tractor were:

David Bashwiner: vocals, guitar
Stephanie Graner: vocals, banjo
Brandon Baca: vocals, guitar
Christy Cook: vocals, ukulele
Baby Lily: bg vocals, percussion

Cactus Tractor can go from 5 to 14 pieces, depending on the project.  Find them at www.cactustractor.com

On Dec 13, 2016, Albuquerque band Eileen & the In-Betweens returned to Studio A, playing all new songs from their new album "We Ain't Givin' Up." They also chatted with Matthew Finch about their music and upcoming release.

For this performance Eileen & the In-Betweens are:
    Eileen Shaughnessy: lead vocals, guitar
    Lazarus Letcher: viola, vocals

    Ben Martinez: keyboard, trumpet
    Tanya Nuñez: bass
    Kenny Broyles: drums, vocals
    Christy Cook: vocals
    Stephanie Graner: vocals  

Recording by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles and Ben Montoya. 
Video by Jefferson White and Marshall Broyles.

Watch footage of Eileen & the In-Betweens performing live in Studio A

Shaughnessy performs both with the In-Betweens and solo. Keep up with THEM at eileenandtheinbetweens.bandcamp.com, and with HER at eileenshaughnessy.com.

Fred Johnson

May 9, 2017
Matthew Finch

Tonight's feature performance -- the first of two -- is a Studio A session with Fred Johnson.  This trio of long-time Albuquerque musicians came together strictly for the joy of playing, but quickly found themselves inside a sound that could adapt to multiple musical styles, including some of their own back catalog songs.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on May 2, 2017 Fred Johnson are:

Joe Silva: vocals, guitars
Sean O'Connor: vocals, banjo
Mark Weaver: tuba, percussion

Keep up with Fred Johnson recordings and performances on Bandcamp.

Julian Dossett

Apr 20, 2017
Brister Street Records

Shreveport-born Julian Dossett arrived in Albuquerque last year with the solo album "3 Poisons" newly-released on Brister Street Records.  For this performance his recently-formed Blues trio works out on Dossett originals.

Recorded live in Studio C on April 14, 2017 by Matthew Finch, the players are:

Julian Dossett: vocals, archtop guitar
Michael Graff: lead guitar
Kevin Maher: drums

Keep up with Julian Dossett at bristerstreet.com.  He is repped locally by Jams of Enchantment.

Vaivén

Mar 29, 2017

Vaivén is a Flamenco trio consisting of Albuquerque guitarist/composer Calvin Hazen with Santa Fe stalwarts John Gagan and Robbie Rothschild.
For this visit, the as-yet unrecorded Vaivén performed as a duo.

Recorded on March 24, 2017 by Roman Garcia the Vaivén Duo are:

Calvin Hazen: guitar
John Gagan: upright bass

Follow Vaivén on Reverbnation.


Albuquerque's Prism Bitch is a band of many names.  As they begin work on their second ep the band stopped by Thursday "Freeform" for a plugged in recording & conversation with host Brandon Kennedy.

Recorded live in our Main Studio by Brandon Kennedy

Prism Bitch is:
Lauren Poole, Emma Crane, Lila Rose, Chris Walsh & Teresa Esguerra

Find them currently at prismbitches.bandcamp.com

Lone Piñon

Mar 15, 2017
Tammy Zibners

The trio Lone Piñon represents a new generation of musicians drawn to "roots music desde el Norte" --  the traditional styles of New Mexico & Northern Mexico.  To celebrate the release of their second CD "Dias Felices" the band came by Studio A to play & talk about their particular approach to song-gathering.

Recorded on February 13, 2016 by Roman Garcia.

Lone Piñon are:
Jordan Wax: violin, accordion, vocals
Greg Glassman: vocals, guitar
Noah Martinez: upright bass, guitarron, vocals

Follow Lone Piñon at www.lonepinon.com

Rumble on Overnight Freeform

Jan 30, 2017

Overnight Freeform host Martin Adam Smith caught up with the improvisational musical/comedy group Rumble in Studio A.  This excerpt of a longer visit shows the group at their spontaneous best.

Originally engineered by Roman Garcia, post production by Martin Adam Smith and Jefferson White.

Find Rumble on FaceBook.

 (Encore--Time to check out our Zoltan session again!)

This program features Albuquerque's Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers recorded live in Studio A.  While Studio A had been the recording studio for their new album "Songs of Spring" Zoltan & Co. decided to play work from both before and after the making of that album.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on August 24, the band for this session are:

Zoltan Szekely: vocals, guitar
Terry Bluhm: bass
Nick Baker: percussion

Keep up with Zoltan by googling the band's name or go to zoltanszkly.wixsite.com/zoltanorkestar.

Eileen & the In-Betweens

Dec 26, 2016

On Dec 13, 2016, Albuquerque band Eileen & the In-Betweens returned to Studio A, playing all new songs from their new album to be released in the Spring. They also chatted with Matthew Finch about their music and upcoming release.

For this performance Eileen & the In-Betweens are:
    Eileen Shaughnessy: lead vocals, guitar
    Lazarus Letcher: viola, vocals

    Ben Martinez: keyboard, trumpet
    Tanya Nuñez: bass
    Kenny Broyles: drums, vocals
    Christy Cook: vocals
    Stephanie Graner: vocals  

Recording by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles and Ben Montoya. 
Video by Jefferson White.

Shaughnessy performs both with the In-Betweens and solo. Keep up with THEM at eileenandtheinbetweens.bandcamp.com, and with HER at eileenshaughnessy.com.

 

The Handsome Family

Nov 7, 2016
Jesse Littlebird

This session finds The Handsome Family in quintet configuration (5 players, 10 instruments) returning to Studio A with songs from the album "Unseen."  We were especially honored that The Family chose to spend the evening with us over Game 7 of the World Series.

Recorded on November 2, 2016, for this session The Handsome Family were:

  • Brett Sparks: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Rennie Sparks: vocals, Kala bass
  • David Gutierrez: vocals, pedal steel, mandolin, guitar
  • Alex MacMahan: guitar, pedal steel, organ
  • Greg Williams: drums, percussion

Engineer: Roman Garcia
Asst. Engineer: Ben Montoya
Asst. Engineer/Camera: Marshall Broyles
Videographer: Jefferson White

Keep up with Handsome Family music, art, video, prose and scientific research at www.handsomefamily.com.

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