Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

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

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


 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

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.


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


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.


     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

Alex Maryol

Jul 10, 2017

For this feature, songwriter/guitarist Alex Maryol & bassist Justin McLauchlin present songs from the forthcoming album "In the Meantime."

Recorded on July 1, 2017 in Studio C by Matthew Finch, the duo are:

Alex Maryol: vocals, guitar
Justin McLauchlin: bass, vocals.
Both musicians ran their acoustic instruments through amps, as they do in a typical performance.

Keep up with Alex Maryol's Kickstarter campaign & future performances at www.alexmaryol.com

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.

This Studio C session joins Albuquerque songwriter Kevin Herig with the now-Colorado-based Meredith Wilder as they share new songs and old and talk about the songwriters' group they both participate in.  They're joined for the interview by local group member Sage Harrington.

Recorded on October 24, 2016 by Matthew Finch.


Nov 2, 2016
Kate Russell

Santa Fe band Cloacas brought their "folk music of an unknown country" to Friday "Freeform" for a rare Albuquerque performance.  Hosted and engineered live by Mary B. on October 31, 2016, the multi-instrumentalists of Cloacas are:

Johnny Bell, Ben Gerhards, Damon Griffith, Sabrina Griffith and Michael Smith (clarinetist Lenore Gusch was unable to join her bandmates).

Keep up with them at www.cloacasmusic.com.

Cali Shaw and Friends

Oct 17, 2016

This session features Albuquerque musicians Cali Shaw, Zack Freeman and Julian Wild in an impromptu performance/conversation.

Songwriter Shaw was invited to curate the October edition of  the NM Song Swap hosted by the "Art of the Song" program.  For this edition, Shaw reached beyond the singer/songwriter pool to include vocalist/beatboxer/MC Freeman along with Wild, leader of the "alt-everything" group Wild Humans.   The scheduled Song Swap will also include Eileen and the In-Betweens leader Eileen Shaughnessy.

Recorded in Studio C on October 10 the musicians are:

Cali Shaw: vocals, banjo
Zack Freeman: beatbox, vocals
Julian Wild: vocals, baritone banjo

Engineered by Matthew Finch.

Follow these artists by name on all social media.

On September 23rd and 24th the ¡Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture returned to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for its 12th year, and for the 12th year KUNM was there to broadcast the musical performances.

This year's 5 hour broadcast featured concerts from the Journal Theater and the Main Stage, but that was hardly enough time to capture the full scope of these artists. 

Below are the full sessions with only slight editing. They were engineered and mixed for broadcast by Roman Garcia, Ethan Stein and Marshall Broyles.

For more information on these performers visit www.globalquerque.org.

Click on the "¡Globalquerque 2016!" title above to show the audio content.

Right About Now

Oct 3, 2016

This session features the Jazz trio Right About Now as they performed live on KUNM in July.  Formed in 2010, Right About Now features some of Albuquerque's busiest musicians in semi-improvised settings.  To preview a New Mexico Jazz Workshop performance the trio stopped by Mark Weber's Thursday "All That Jazz" program on July 21, 2016.

Lewis Winn: archtop guitar
Jon McMillan: bass
John Bartlitt: drums & percussion

Engineered by Mark Weber.
Right About Now has no recorded material to date.

Jono Manson

Sep 19, 2016

Since arriving in New Mexico in 1992 Jono Manson has established himself as a performer, a songwriter and a record producer, currently running The Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe.  He came by Studio C with a pair of vintage guitars to play songs from his forthcoming release "The Slight Variations."

Recorded in Studio C on September 19, 2016 by Matthew Finch, Jono Manson sings and plays a 1949 Gibson L-48 archtop and a mid-30s Monterrey tenor archtop in CGCG tuning.

Keep up with Jono Manson at www.jonomanson.com.

Hongell-Darsee Trio

Aug 22, 2016

This session recorded April 29, 2015 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.

Pray for Brain

Aug 3, 2016

On July 12, the Albuquerque instrumental trio Pray for Brain returned to Studio A with new orchestration of tunes from their debut CD "None of the Above" and some new material to top it off.  Recorded in Studio A by Ethan Stein, Pray for Brain are:

Mustafa Stefan Dill: electric double-neck oud-guitar
Christine Nelson: upright bass
Jefferson Voorhees: drums, percussion

Post-production thanks to Jefferson Voorhees and Mustafa Stefan Dill.
Pray for Brain are at work on a new recording project.  Find them at www.7dmedia.com.

Kristina Jacobsen

Jul 25, 2016

Albuquerque songwriter Kristina Jacobsen has appeared on KUNM with the classic country outfit The Merlettes as well as performing her own songs from the album "Three Roses."  For this feature she returns with her guitar & three new songs, each inspired by a different region of the world.

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals & guitar.

Recorded in Studio C on July 6, 2016 by Matthew Finch.

  Wed. 7/20 1:30p:  Carol Boss welcomes singer-songwriter Kristina Jacobsen to Freeform.  She's an ethnomusicologist who plays guitar and lap steel.  She leads the "all-girl" Merlettes and the UNM Honky Tonk Ensemble.  Joining Kristina will be Folk/Country/Americana singer-songwriter Eryn Bent.  Both will be performing at this weekend's Art of the Song Coffeehouse.

Drastic Andrew

Jul 11, 2016

In this session, Drastic Andrew leader Andrew MacLachlan dropped by for a solo spin through songs on his 2015 release "Live Without Warning."

Keep track of Drastic Andrew at www.drasticandrew.com.