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.
Kito Peters performing in Studio A. Full session audio.
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.
Next 2 The Tracks Live in Studio C. Full session audio.
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
Boris and the Saltlicks live in Studio A, February, 2014.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cole Mitchell and the Curs Live in Studio A. Pt. 1 audio.
Cole Mitchell Pt 2 audio.
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.
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.
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.
Saving Damsels live in Studio A. Full session audio.
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
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.
"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:
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
Full Studio A Session from Boris McCutcheon and Brett Davis
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