Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

A local music showcase, featuring live performances by local talent.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Klas

Klas kicking back.

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
1:37 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Next 2 The Tracks

Next 2 The Tracks

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
4:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Boris and the Saltlicks redux

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Pray for Brain in Studio A Pt. 1

Christine, Jefferson and Stefan are "Pray for Brain"
Credit 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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:51 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Todd Tijerina Band Pt 2

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:20 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Todd Tijerina Band Pt 1

Live at Madrid Blues Fest 2014
Credit 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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
12:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Double Plow

Double Plow live.

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:10 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Wildewood

Wildewood's new album is called "The Other Side."
Credit 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 www.wildewoodband.com.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Best of Globalquerque 2014

In assembling KUNM's 5-hour coverage of the 10th annual Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture in September, we had to leave out some great performances. Below you can find full audio from the action on all three stages over both days of the Festival.

Working with the Audio Excellence group and NHCC's technical staff were KUNM engineers Roman Garcia, Ethan Stein, Eli Willard, Marshall Broyles and Alex Williams. Video by Jefferson White.

To find links to any of these artists go to www.globalquerque.org.

 

Lo'Jo (France) Plaza Mayor stage

 

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Los Texmaniacs (Texas) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Afro-Cuban All Stars (Cuba) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Oumar Konate (Mali) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Golem (New York) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Beto Jamaica (Colombia) Journal Theater stage


 

Liu Fang (China) Journal Theater stage


 

Calypso Rose with Kobe Town (Trinidad and Tobago) Journal Theater stage


 

Robert "Tree" Cody and Native Wisdom (Maricopa/Intertribal) Journal Theater stage


 

Gaby Moreno (Guatemala) Journal Theater stage


 

Eli Secody (Dine) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Los Primos featuring Lenore Armijo (New Mexico) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

DVA (Czech Republic) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

The Cowboy Way (New Mexico) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Liu Fang with Rahim AlHaj (China, Iraq) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Lo'Jo (France) Fountain Courtyard stage


 
Ear To The Ground
3:21 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Cole Mitchell and The Curs

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wildewood Acoustic

Wildewood
Credit 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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Youngsville

Youngsville
Credit 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.

Ear To The Ground
10:57 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Indie Folk Band Cactus Tractor

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.

Live Broadcast
3:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Summerfest Route 66 LIVE Featuring Arrested Development

Arrested Development Will Play Live Saturday Night on KUNM

Sat. 7/19 7p: Once again KUNM broadcasts Summerfest, live from Nob Hill in Albuquerque.  You’ll hear the phenomenal guitar work of singer-songwriter Raul Midon. Also, enjoy local musicians like bluesman Chris Dracup, women's voice and percussion ensemble Mala Maña and Albuquerque’s newest Salsa Group En-Joy.  Grammy winners Arrested Development will end the show with their unique brand of positive hip-hop.

It’s the next best thing to being there! Live and local music from Summerfest, Saturday night starting at 7:00.

 

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
4:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Saving Damsels

Saving Damsels live.
Credit 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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
5:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Rahim Alhaj

Rahim Alharaj

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.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
6:07 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Iyah Band Live

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

The Iyah Band are:
Ijah Umi: vocals, keyboards
Jah Son: guitar, vocals
Otiamba Umi: bass
Irving Trujillo: drums

Live sound by Travis Hill; recorded and mixed by Roman Garcia.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
4:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Alex Maryol unplugged

This broadcast features Santa Fe's Alex Maryol & his 1970s steel string Guild guitar in solo performance from October of 2013.

Maryol's 2013 release "Six" reflected on his re-locations to Chicago & back to New Mexico & charts his expansion as both a player & a songwriter. He speaks with Matthew Finch about his journey as soloist, bandleader & duet partner.

Camera and video by Jefferson White.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
12:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

HiSS

On May 14 we welcomed rock trio HiSS into Studio A to record their originals and two covers, all developed as students in the Rock 101 program.
 
HiSS are:
Camelia Ceniceros: lead vocals, guitar
Bela Ceniceros: bass, keyboards, vocals
Beia Smith-Shaw: drums, vocals

Engineered and edited by Roman Garcia, video by Jefferson White.

The band was joined by Kyle Ruggles and Kevin Herig of Rock 101 to talk about how a group whose eldest member is 13 developed so rapidly.

Keep up with HiSS at www.hissofficial.com. Learn more about the Rock 101 program at www.rock101nm.com.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Trio Luz

"Trio Luz" is the impromptu name for the ensemble which delivered their first public performance in our own Studio A on May 8th.

Although the group is newly minted these musicians bring a wealth of experience to this performance of Sephardic songs; their unique orchestrations revealing a new urgency in this centuries-old tradition.  They will perform at the finale of this weekend's Festival Djudeo-Espanyol in Albuquerque.

Engineered by Roman Garcia with video by Jefferson White, "Trio Luz" are:

Consuelo Luz: vocals, charango, tamborine
Joaquin Gallegos: flamenco guitar, vocals, palmas
Jeremy Bleich: oud, melodica, vocals, palmas

Find Consuelo Luz recordings at www.consueloluz.com.

Joaquin Gallegos & Jeremy Bleich are active in the local groups Tierra Sonikete and the Kodama Trio respectively, among many others.  Find them on Facebook.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tribute Trio

Tribute Trio.
Credit abqjournal.com

Tonight we step back into the Studio A archives to excerpt this live recording of The Tribute Trio.

The Trio came together initially with a simple premise: to celebrate the great piano-led jazz trios of the 20th century they would go both broad and deep.  In a year long series of concerts that criss-crossed New Mexico they played full shows in the spirit of one trio/composer per month.  

The artists celebrated included Oscar Peterson, Lenny Tristano, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown and others.  This performance was recorded early in the series in 2010 by Roman Garcia. The series finale featured original pieces -- "Dedications" -- based on all they'd absorbed along the way.

The Tribute Trio are:
John Rangel: piano
Michael Glynn: bass
Cal Haines: drums

The Tribute Trio have released two CDs of those originals.  Find them at www.tributetrio.com.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
1:51 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Lymbs

Jeff and Gage at home.
Credit thelymbs.com

Tonight's feature is an in-studio visit by Albuquerque's The Lymbs. For this Studio C session the rockers went acoustic and spoke about their debut ep "Casa de Amor," the challenges of writing songs for a rock duo, and their upcoming West Coast tour.

Gage Bikerstaff: vocals, guitar
Jeff Bell: djembe, shakers
Engineered/edited by Matthew Finch

Find The Lymbs at www.thelymbs.com, Facebook or Twitter. They plan to post a tour diary beginning in May 2014.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
2:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sage & Jared's Happy Gland Band

The Happy-Snappy Couple!
Credit Sage Harrington

With Sage Harrington and Jared Putnam scheduled to join Cactus Tractor and others at the relaunch party for the online mag Pyragraph we thought it was a good time to rebroadcast this Studio A performance by Sage & Jared's Happy Gland Band.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia with Eli Willard, this recording captures The Happy Gland Band as their debut CD came out:

Sage Harrington: vocals, 1920s Martin ukulele, banjoleleJared Putnam: vocals, 1930s Kaye upright bass

Keep up with The Happy Gland Band and their release "Flooded Away" at www.sageharrington.com.

Keep up with Jared Putnam's other musical endeavors at www.lechatlunatique.com.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:22 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Local Folk Artists "The Noms"

This "Ear to the Ground" feature finds us catching Albuquerque's The Noms in an unplugged session on April  3rd.  Just days later they were to begin laying tracks for their debut album.

The Noms are:
Mike Mares:  vocals, guitar, egg
Michelle Baumann:  vocals, mandolin, guitar, egg
Josh Herrera:  keyboards, vocals, melodica
Joey Santiago:  cajon, glockenspiel, chimes, vocals, egg
Kevin Cummings: lead guitar, vocals
Aaron War: acoustic bass

Engineered/edited by Roman Garcia with Jefferson White and Steve Nery
Camera/video: Jefferson White

Keep up with The Noms at www.thenoms.com or look for NomNation on Facebook.

-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:09 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Wildewood

Wildewood: Alex, Meredith and Greg.
Credit wildewoodband.com

When they arrived at KUNM's studios back in June of '13, the group had been together less than two years and already released a digital EP as well as their self-titled debut album.  In the months since this session, Wildewood has been busy performing both as a trio and as soloists across the state, and have made appearances in Austin and the West Coast. 

Currently at work on a new record, Wildewood are:
Meredith Wilder: vocals, electric guitar
Alex McMahon: vocals, pedal steel, electric guitar
Greg Williams:  drums, percussion, harmonica

Recorded by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel.
Post-production by Eli Willard.

Find Wildewood online at: www.wildewoodband.com

-KUNM Studio Sessions
7:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Balkan Folk Music from Rumelia

Recorded on March 21, this edition features the Balkan sounds of Santa Fe's Rumelia.  After recording their debut CD "Lost and Found" the group has expanded their repertoire of traditional songs from Southern and Eastern Europe and the Balkans to over 200 pieces.  Performing currently as a quartet, Rumelia played for us in this trio format.

Alicia Shaw: lead vocals, dumbek 
Sitara Schauer: parlor guitar, violin, vocals
Deborah Ungar: accordion, clarinets, vocals 

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles

Camera/Video by Jefferson White

Find out more about this group at www.rumeliamusic.com

-KUNM Studio Sessions
12:24 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Boris and the Saltlicks

The release of "Might Crash" marked songwriter Boris McCutcheon's return to Albuquerque after eight years living off the grid and raising a family in Ojo Sarco, NM. 

For this February 26th Studio Session McCutcheon (acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica) is joined by fellow Saltlick Brett Davis on tenor banjo, lap steel , electric guitar and second vocals to play songs from "Might Crash" and to talk about this latest chapter. 

Studio A production by Roman Garcia
Camera/video by Jefferson White

Find this artist online at borismccutcheon.com or on Facebook.  

KUNM Studio Sessions
12:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Cigar box blues from Zia Conservatory

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.

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 with Jefferson White, video.

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

KUNM Studio Sessions
8:14 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Jazz Brasileiro

In November of 2013 Albuquerque's Jazz Brasileiro returned to play live on KUNM, but this time with a difference.  The working duo of Debo Orlofsky (vocals) and Toney Cesarano (guitar) were for this Studio A recording joined by John Bartlitt on drums and David Height on bass in Studio A with Roman Garcia at the controls.

With membership in local groups Shades of Tjader, Alpha Blue, The Rebbe's Orchestra, Saudade, Folked Up, Tijerina, & Enchantment (for starters), this seasoned ensemble gave us a lush if all-too brief tour of Brazilian classics. 

Find Jazz Brasileiro's CD & schedule on Reverb Nation.

KUNM Studio Sessions
11:17 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Willy J And The Storytellers

01/25/2014:

Willy J & the Storytellers return to "Ear to the Ground" for the first time in four years with a new self-titled EP & a new lineup.  For this performance we hear the normally plugged-in trio in their acoustic duo form playing songs from the new EP plus one as yet unrecorded gem.Willy J on vocals & guitar; bassist Jason Hagney on vocals; find them here:
willyjandthestorytellers

Engineered by Matthew Finch

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