Afternoon Freeform

Monday - Friday 1:30pm - 4:00pm


Afternoon Freeform
1:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Interview With Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

  Thu. 1/15 1:30p: Host Scott Denton and Lucinda Williams discuss music, songwriting and her latest album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.  Williams will perform at the Lensic in Santa Fe, February 18.


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-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:28 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Robin and Linda Williams on Freeform

Robin And Linda Williams dropped in on KUNM's Afternoon Freeform with Carol Boss, chatted and sang a few songs to celebrate the release of their latest album, "Back 40."

The video clip features two of four songs they played, "Those Old Green Hills" and "Middleton Waltz". The audio link has the entire session.

Catch up with Robin and Linda online at

Afternoon Freeform
11:47 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Rahim AlHaj And His Venerable Oud


Wed. 8/20, 3p: We´ll travel through Rahim AlHaj poetic world with his powerful oud, one of civilization's most ancient string instruments.

Twice Grammy nominated, Mr. AlHaj is considered among the few oud virtuoso players. From Bagdad to Albuquerque, we´ll travel with Iraqi musician performer and composer Mr. Alhaj as he shares a journey for peace through stories, poetry, dreamlike music, and the fresh breeze of an ancient culture.

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Afternoon Freeform
10:23 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Hear The KUNM Performance Of Robin & Linda Williams

Robin and Linda Williams are celebrating 40 years of making music together.


Wed. 8/13 1:30p: Robin and Linda Williams perform on Freeform this week. The revered music masters play a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Their songs have been covered by many of the greats of country and folk. They're on tour celebrating 40 years of making music together.



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-KUNM Studio Sessions
5:17 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

The Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Credit Ryan Obermeyer

Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.

The group dropped by our studios for a live performance and interview with Afternoon Freeform host Harry Norton.

The ensemble consists of James Anderson (violin), Jonathan Geer (keyboard), Mike Maddux (accordion), Tony Rogers (cello) and Pat Harris (bass).

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:46 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Cipriano Vigil

Credit Cipriano Vigil

During his live performance for RAÍCES (May 3rd), Cipriano Vigil, New Mexican musicologist and musician shares his songs, and his new book, “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano” (UNM Press, 2014).

Find out more about Cipriano Vigil at

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Black Lillies

Credit Deone Jahnke

The Black Lillies, led by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Cruz Contreras, are currently on tour. They stopped by KUNM to perform live on Afternoon Freeform (April  23) with Carol Boss. The band’s blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and Appalachian soul has earned them critical acclaim nationwide and their most recent album, Runaway Freeway Blues, was included on numerous Best Albums of the Year (2013) lists.

Cruz Contreras: guitar, bass, vocals
Trisha Gene Brady: vocals
Tom Pryor: guitar
Robert Richards: bass, guitar
Bowman Townsend: percussion

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
4:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Casey Neill: Poet and Political Singer

From Portland, Casey Neill was in our Control Room between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album "All You Pretty Vandals."

During his live performance for Afternoon Freeform (April 16th), he shared his songs filled with irony, romance, stories, and social commentary.

Find out more about Casey Neill at

7:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Casey Neill: poetic & political singer

Credit Casey Neill 2013 /

Wed. 4/16 3p: Casey Neill joins us in the studio, stopping by between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album All You Pretty Vandals. Be ready to travel throughout the American landscape with Casey Neill´s songs filled with irony, romance,  stories, and social commentary.

Casey Neill performs locally:

Wednesday, April 16th,

12 pm (noon): Special Collections Library (423 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM)

6:30pm: Taylor Ranch Library (5700 Bogart NW, Albuquerque, NM)

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Afternoon Freeform
9:44 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Brazilian American Group "Nation Beat" Heats up Freeform

Wed. 2/6 1:30p: The American/Brazilian group Nation Beat joins Carol Boss in the studio for live music. This world beat fusion project has pioneered a synthesis of music from northeastern Brazil and the deep American South.  They play a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country-blues.

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Afternoon Freeform
8:53 am
Mon October 29, 2012

A Halloween Freeform

Wed 10/31 1:30p: Four KUNM Freeform DJs join Carol Boss to spin some of their favorite creepy, ghoulish, wacky Halloween tunes.  Travis Parkin, Mello, Mary B, Brandon "Dead" Kennedy and Carol Boss will be mixing their spook-tacular brews just for you.


Afternoon Freeform
8:49 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Live In-studio: Zeb and Haniya

Wed 9/19/12 1:30p: They have been described as "among the most innovative musicians in Pakistan."

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Afternoon Freeform
2:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Interview with Nels Cline

Thursday Afternoon Freeform host Scott Denton speaks with Nels Cline, veteran solo/collaborative musician, composer, and bandleader in free jazz, experimental and rock genres, as well as lead guitarist for Wilco (appearing at the Santa Fe Opera September 18th). 

Afternoon Freeform
1:09 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream

Bonnie Raitt

Wed. 7/4 2p: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more. Hosted by Paul Ingles.

Afternoon Freeform
9:18 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Live In-studio: Mary Gauthier

Wed. 6/6 1:30p: Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her guitar for some live music on Freeform with Carol Boss.

Afternoon Freeform
11:22 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Live In-studio: The Carolina Chocolate Drops

Wed. 4/11 1:30p: The  Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops prove that old-time, fiddle and banjo music can evolve.

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Afternoon Freeform
12:26 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

A Nod to National Blood Donor Month and Other Themes ...

This is National Blood Donor Month and In our first theme-driven set we'll be playing a handpicked collection of our favorite sanguine selections which includes some bloody good artists like Wyonie Harris, Willie Nelson. Bon Iver, Gavin Bryers, Tom Waits and others..

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Afternoon Freeform
10:38 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Live In-studio: Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer

Tue. 11/15 1:30p : New Mexico Americana Rock artist Stephanie Hatfield joins us along with her husband and fellow musician Bill Palmer.  Hatfield has a new CD out called "Tracks". 

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2:37 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Live in-studio: Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps

Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps will drop by Afternoon Freeform with DJ Travis Parkin on Thursday at 2:30 pm.

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Afternoon Freeform
3:51 pm
Sat October 1, 2011

Live In-Studio: Jose Conde's Nu Latin Groove

Fri. 10/7 at 2:30pm: Jose Conde and the Nu Latin Groove join host Mary B for a live performance in the KUNM studios. But don't say we didn't warn you: one dose of their positively infectious rhythms and you won't be able to keep from dancing!

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9:01 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Live In-Studio: Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier's new critically acclaimed album: The Foundling

Wed. 9/21 at 130pm: Tune in for a live musical serenade and interview with acclaimed Louisiana singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. She is joined by fiddler Tania Elizabeth.

Host: Carol Boss

Mary Gauthier will be performing with Over the Rhine and Richard Shindell at the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Sept 22nd. For show info, visit AMPConcerts

From AMP Concerts:

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3:54 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Live In-Studio: Shannon McNally

Shannon McNally

Wed. 7/27 at 3pm: Lovely and talented songstress Shannon McNally will drop into the KUNM studios to serenade us with her amazing tunes.

More about Shannon McNally

Slideshow photo: Shannon McNally at Twangfest, June 2010 (source: flickr/fivepics)

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3:04 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Live In-Studio: Pistolera

Mon. 7/25 at (roughly) 140pm: Pistolera/Moona Luna will drop by the KUNM studios for a short performance and interview with DJ Peggy Hessing. Pistolera is a critically acclaimed New York band whose accordion-driven dance music has fans around the world dancing cumbias to the group's socially conscious songs?en espa?ol?about immigrants' rights, war, racism, feminism, and life on the border. Their alter ego Moona Luna is a bilingual family band.

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3:20 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Billy the Kid & Musical Obscura

Thurs. 7/15 at 130pm: Travis Parkin plays two themed sets featuring some of "the best music you've never heard."

In our first theme-driven set, we'll be serving up a handpicked selection of mostly obscure and unheralded original versions of songs that went on to be big hits for other artists. Featured in the set will numbers by Gloria Jones, Yma Sumac, Arthur Alexander, Tim Hardin and John D. Loudermilk.

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10:57 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Heat Wave, Tunes About Marriage, and BioPark Zoo Concerts

Thurs. 6/30 at 130pm: Travis Parkin plays three fabulous theme-drive sets featuring some of the "best music you've never heard."

New Mexico is about to wrap up one of the hottest Junes on record and in our first theme-driven set, we'll be frying the airwaves with a collection of our favorite heat wave selections. Featured artists include Arrow, Ray Charles, Los Manolos, and Cal Tjader & Carmen McRae.

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3:37 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Summer Jams

city street sunset

Mon. 6/20 at 130pm: Take a trip with DJs Mello and Tahnee, spinning afternoon cruising jams.

Hosts: Mello and Tahnee

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1:43 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Breezy Melodies, Songs About Songs, and Dylanesque

Thurs. 5/19 at 2pm: Travis Parkin brings you three theme-drive sets featuring some of the very "best music you've never heard."

2011 has brought us one of the windiest springs on record here in New Mexico and in our first theme driven set we'll do our best to blow you away with a few of our favorite breezy melodies. Featured artists include J.J. Cale, Lyle Lovett, Gllian Welch, and Jamie Cullum.

Also on today's program, 10 of our favorite songs about songs with selections from The Escorts, Justin Walden, Townes Van Zandt, Nouvelle Vague and others.

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4:41 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Live In-Studio: Diane Jarvi & Dan Newton

Diane Jarvi

Wed. 3/23 at 2pm: A singer, songwriter, guitarist and kantele player (Finnish folk harp), Diane Jarvi is a versatile performer of folk and world music. Diane will be joined by Dan Newton (aka Daddy Squeeze) on accordion.

In addition to her own compositions, Jarvi is known for her intimate and authentic interpretations of tangos, waltzes, gypsy music, ballads, jazz standards and cabaret songs from around the world. On Wild Gardens, her latest CD, Jarvi travels through the gardens of France, Finland, Sweden, Chile, the British Isles and Texas.

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1:00 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

"Whazzup?" "Get Down," and "Alabama"

Thurs. 3/10 at 1:30pm: Travis Parkin plays three more excellent theme-driven sets featuring some of the best music you've never heard.

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11:27 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Live In-Studio: Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Tues. 2/22 at 2:30pm - Lucio Urbano is joined by New Mexico folk musician Richard Martin.

Click here for Richard Martin's website.

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