Matthew Finch

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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

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.

On May 30 Santa Fe musicians David Berkeley & Ben Wright stopped into Studio C for an impromptu session on their way to an evening show at Albuquerque's Westside Marble Brewery.  Some exciting May weather had pressed their schedule tight & so the session was all single takes of songs from Berkeley's last and forthcoming albums.

David Berkeley: vocal, acoustic guitar
Ben Wright: electric guitar, vocals

Engineered by Matthew Finch

Web post-production by Jefferson White

Keep up with David Berkeley at www.davidberkeley.com.
Ben Wright's work both solo & with D Numbers can be found at www.mesarecordings.com.

The Khans

May 18, 2015

This week's featured performers are the Albuquerque duo The Khans, playing work from their debut CD "Meta Tribal Rite XI" and talking about how they each found a stylistic home in the musical traditions of the Mid-East.

For this performance The Khans are:

Erik Teixera: oud
Frank Bramlitt: darbuka.

Recorded in Studio C on May 6, 2015 by Matthew Finch
Videographer: Jefferson White

Keep up with the Khans & learn of their plans to expand the project at www.505khans.com.

On May 6, 2015, the Albuquerque 7-piece Eileen & the In-Betweens made their Studio A debut, playing songs from "Everything Is Alive," Eileen's second album, but her first to be written and recorded in New Mexico.   

For this performance Eileen & the In-Betweens are:

Eileen Shaughnessy: lead vocals, guitar, ukulele, pedals
Britt Letcher: viola
Colin Baillio: bass
Kenny Broyles: drums
Christy Cook: vocals, ukulele
Stephanie Graner: vocals, banjo
Jessie Parker: vocals

Recording by Roman Garcia with Kevin Kissiel
Video by Jefferson White

Shaughnessy performs both solo and with the In-Betweens.  Keep up with her and them at eileenandtheinbetweens.bandcamp.com or on Facebook.

Hongell-Darsee Trio

May 4, 2015

This session recorded April 29 features Albuquerque's ballad archaeologists Hongell-Darsee performing songs from their CD "The Wandering Ballad" along with new work from the upcoming Mountain King project.

For this session the musicians were:

Johanna Hongell-Darsee: vocals, flutes, electronics
Scott Hongell-Darsee: bass, electric guitar, bowed guitar
Frank Bramlitt: percussion

Roman Garcia, engineer
Jefferson White, videographer

Keep up with Hongell-Darsee on Facebook, hongelldarsee.com, or at reverbnation.com.

Ottmar Liebert

Mar 30, 2015

This week features an informal Studio C visit from Santa Fe guitarist/composer Ottmar Liebert.  Just returned from a European tour, Liebert and his trio Luna Negra were preparing to reunite with the New Mexico Philharmonic for an April 4th performance at Popejoy Hall.

In addition to two brief pieces from Studio C, this feature contains cuts from Liebert's most recent releases "Bare Wood" and "Three-Oh-Five".

Tonight we feature 9-piece powerhouse The Joseph General Band.  To celebrate the release of their first live in-studio recording this squad of seasoned and versatile players decided to give us an extended set of their Reggae originals live in Studio A.

For this performance The Joseph General Band are:
Joseph General: lead vocals
Carlo Johnson: guitar
John Williams: keyboards
Jerome "Scoobie" Obichon: drums
Billy Lorne: percussion
John Zamora: guitar
Delmone Taylor: tenor sax
Lydia Garcia: vocals

Engineered by Eli Willard with Steve Nery
Post-production by Roman Garcia

Keep up with Joseph General on Facebook or at josephgeneralband.com.

Sat. 3/21 7p:  To celebrate the release of their new live in-concert recording, the Joseph General Band joins us for an extended Studio A session.  This 9-piece Reggae group includes some of the most seasoned & versatile performers on the Albuquerque scene.  They promise to be very busy on local stages as the album rolls out.

The Lymbs

Mar 9, 2015

This session features Albuquerque rock duo The Lymbs playing songs from the new ep "Moon," their third record in three years.  Recorded on February 26, 2015, The Lymbs are:

Gage Bickerstaff: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jeff Bell:  drums, keyboards
Andrew Raymond:  fifth Beatle

Session engineer: Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel and Nicole Candelaria
Post production:  Roman Garcia
Videographer:  Jefferson White

To keep up with The Lymbs both locally and on tour start here:
www.thelymbs.com.

Guitarist Michael Anthony is one of the most storied Jazz musicians in New Mexico and a frequent guest on KUNM's "All That Jazz" program.  In this session, Monday host Paul Gonzalez sets the sound board, brings out his trumpet, fits it with a Harmon mute and plays impromptu duets with Anthony.

The set includes a Gonzalez original dedicated to Anthony and excerpts of their live on-air conversation. Personel for this session:

Electric guitar: Michael Anthony
Trumpet: Paul Gonzalez

Sound engineer: Paul Gonzalez
Videographer: Jefferson White

Sat. 3/14 7p: A set of Blues classics and originals from Zia Conservatory in their first studio recording, made March 1 in Studio A. In the interview we hear about the roots and history of the venerable cigar box guitar, and Peña speaks about his own journey as a master craftsman of these instruments. 

(A rebroadcast from last year.)

Hector Peña: vocals, harmonica, 3-string cigar box guitar
Jackie Jones: vocals, 4-string cigar box guitar
Devon Hall: cajon, percussion

Produced by Roman Garcia. Video by Jefferson White.

Find these artists at facebook.com/ziaconservatory. More information on cigar box guitars can be found at www.reddogguitars.comand www.cigarboxnation.com.

Drawing by Dustin Harvey

From December 2014 - we offer highlights from the UNM Songwriting Showcase.

Presented originally by professors David Bashwiner & Kristina Jacobsen-Bia the featured songwriters are:

Wyatt Granger, Pip Ridgway, Gregorio Hernandez, Gena Bradshaw, Sarah Rose, Jaime Jesus, Juan Pablo Fernandez Cohen, Marshall J. Broyles, & Lydia O'Neal.

Special thanks to Production Assistant Marshall J. Broyles.

Klas

Dec 15, 2014

Tonight's featured artist is Klas recorded live & solo in Studio A.

Klas Aahman is one-third of the Stockholm/Rosewell-based rock group Secret Circus.  We catch him in his one-man band mode as he expands his solo work while his bandmates remain in Sweden.

Engineered by Roman Garcia, video by Jefferson White.

Find Klas on Facebook or follow the full band at www.secretcircus.se.

Next 2 The Tracks

Dec 8, 2014

Tonight's featured artist is the Albuquerque/El Paso trio Next 2 the Tracks recorded live in Studio C.

When they came by in December of last year the band had just completed a coast-to-coast tour and were ready to record their fully road-tested songs. Now that the CD titled "She" is out we wanted to re-visit these early acoustic versions of some of the songs.

Next 2 the Tracks are:
Christian Talamantes: vocals, acoustic guitar
Jonny Bang: bass, vocals
Todd Selau: djembe, vocals

Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch.

Keep up with the band at www.next2thetracks.com or on Facebook.

This week we revisit a Studio A session from February with Boris & the Saltlicks performing songs from their 2014 release "Might Crash."  For this session The Saltlicks -- a band of anywhere from two to five pieces is a duo:

Boris McCutcheon:  vocals, acoustic guitar
Brett Davis: electric guitar, banjo, backing vocals

Engineered by Roman Garcia
Camera by Jefferson White

Keep up with Boris & the Saltlicks future gigs & past albums at www.borismccutcheon.com.

Pray for Brain: Pt 2

Nov 24, 2014

As promised in last week's "Ear to the Ground", and following a post below, this is Part 2 of our live session with Pray for Brain.

Engineered by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kisiel.  
Video by Jefferson White.

Check post below for more details about the band.

M. Stefan Dill

Tonight's feature is the first part of a two-part Studio A session with the instrumental trio Pray for Brain.

After releasing their debut CD "None of the Above" this spring, Pray for Brain have discovered a sizable online  audience in India.  We caught them just after they'd booked themselves for a tour to meet their unlikely fan base with a host of unrecorded tunes.

Pray for Brain are:
Mustafa Stefan Dill: Guitars
Christine Nelson: Stand-up Bass
Jefferson Voorhees: Drums, percussion

Engineered by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kisiel.  
Video by Jefferson White.

Keep up with this band on their website www.pray4brain.com or on Facebook/PrayForBrain.

As promised in last week's "Ear to the Ground", and following a post below, this is Part 2 of our live session with Todd Tijerina and his band.

Check post below for more details about the band.

Charline Matthews

Tonight's featured artist is Albuquerque's Todd Tijerina Band, part one.

Tijerina came to local prominence as a Blues specialist, but his new CD "Shine On" finds him moving into new territory, as you can hear in this performance with this latest edition of the band:

Todd Tijerina: vocals, guitar
Dave Heidt: bass, vocals
Donnie Frank: drums, vocals

Engineered & edited by Kevin Kisiel.

Keep up with the group & hear selections from the new CD "Shine On" at www.tijerinaband.com.

Double Plow

Oct 27, 2014

In tonight's feature we catch up with Albuquerque rockers Double Plow for a high energy session of originals plus a preview of their appearance at Launchpad's "Night of the Living Cover Bands" as rock immortals Queen.

Double Plow are:
Dwayne Norris: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, "Freddie"
Jimmy James Norris: lead guitar
Jason Orona: bass, vocals
Frank Tijerino: drums, cowbell
Engineered & edited by Roman Garcia

Find Double Plow on Facebook and reverbnation.com.

Wildewood

Oct 7, 2014
Wes Naman

On this feature we catch up with one of Albuquerque's hardest working trios, Wildewood, playing originals from their just released second album "The Other Side" along with two cover songs recently added to their repertoire.

Wildewood is:

Meredith Wilder: vocals, electric guitar
Alex McMahon: vocals, electric guitar, pedal steel
Greg Williams: drum kit, harmonica

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.
Video by Jefferson White.

Keep up with Wildewood at http://www.wildewoodband.com.

In tonight's feature we catch up with veteran New Mexico songwriter Cole Mitchell and his latest edition of The Curs.

Health issues kept Mitchell away from the stage for a few years, but he's returned with a new perspective and a trunkload of new songs.  He shares some tunes from his new album "Souvenirs ..." plus a few songs from his well-remembered rock outfit The Saddlesores.

For this performance The Curs were:
Cole Mitchell: vocals, acoustic guitar
Louie Silva: acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, vocals
Robert Silva (former Saddlesore): bass, vocals

Engineered by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel.
Video by Roman Garcia.

Find out more about Cole Mitchell at www.colemitchellmusic.com.

Wildewood Acoustic

Aug 25, 2014
Kate Burn Photography

Today's feature is a preview of an upcoming Studio A session with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood.  Since their self-titled debut release last spring the group has been rolling out new material live before local audiences.  As their second release approaches, the band stopped by our Studio C to offer an unplugged take on the newer material & to talk about the last year.

Wildewood are:
Greg Williams: harmonica, snare drum
Alex McMahon: vocals, guitar
Meredith Wilder: vocals, guitar

Matthew Finch was the audio engineer.

Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

Youngsville

Aug 11, 2014
theyoungsville.com

This "Ear to the Ground" feature previews the forthcoming local compilation CD from The ABQ Music Lab with a Studio A performance by contributing band Youngsville:

Carlos Garcia: vocals, guitar
Mickey Sanchez: bass, vocals
Ryan Sclarrotta: drums, vocals

We also get some time with the brains behind the Music Lab series & the compilation, Clark Libbey & Joey Gonzalez.

Engineered by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Youngsville at www.theyoungsville.com.
Follow the ABQ Music Lab at www.facebook.com/MusicLabABQ for news on the live music series, find the compilation at www.musiclab.bandcamp.com.

Tonight's feature finds us in Studio A on July 24th with the Albuquerque 7-piece Cactus Tractor in an all-acoustic performance.

For this night Cactus Tractor was:

Samuel Sullivan: harmonica
Stef Graner: vocals, accordion, charrango, banjo, washboard, Chupper horn
Christy Cook: vocals, violin, guitar, tenor ukulele, mandolin, Hula horn
David Bashwiner: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Matthew Tobias: drums
Paul Hunton: vocals, bass, guitar
Brandon Baca: vocals, guitar

Audio engineering and post-production by Ethan Stein with assistance of Kevin Kissiel.
Jefferson White: videographer.

Keep track of Cactus Tractor online at www.cactustractor.com or on Facebook.

Saving Damsels

Jul 14, 2014
Saving Damsels

Tonight's feature is a rebroadcast of our July 11, 2013 visit with Albuquerque Native soul rockers Saving Damsels.  The group arrived fresh from the national stage, their second CD "Find My Way" having received the Native American Music Award (NAMY) for Best Rock Recording.

For this session Saving Damsels were:
JJ Otero: lead vocals, guitar
Chuck Hawley: lead guitar, mandolin
Doug Bellen: keyboards, vocals
Joe Pacheco: bass
Isell Garcia: drums

Roman Garcia engineered the original session.

Keep up with Saving Damsels at www.savingdamsels.com.

Desert Diamond Band

For this week's feature we step back six whole days to Desert Diamond's live appearance in Studio A on KUNM's "Singing Wire."

This as-yet unrecorded group from Laguna Pueblo includes veterans of many Native Rock and Country bands and features original songwriting.  

The Desert Diamond Band are:

Keith Day: lead vocals, guitar
Dominick Pancho: lead guitar
Phillip Riley, Jr.: bass
Anthony Duran: drums

Live engineering and post-production by Roman Garcia.
Find them at www.facebook.com/thedesertdiamondband.

Rahim Alhaj

Jun 30, 2014

For tonight's feature we hear Rahim Alhaj's all-original set from the KUNM Members' Concert held on May 16th at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre.

Rahim Alhaj: Oud
Issa Malouf: percussion

Live sound: Travis Hill; Recorded/Mixed: Eli Willard; Edited: Roman Garcia.

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