Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

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

Coco O'Connor

Apr 27, 2016

In this feature we meet Cerillos based songwriter and producer performing songs from her solo album "Torquoise".

Engineered in Studio C by Matthew Finch, April 26, 2016.

C. Daniel Boling

Apr 18, 2016
Kip May

In today's feature Albuquerque songwriter C. Daniel Boling plays songs from "These Houses," his 7th full-length releases.  Through a decades-long career in the Parks Service and BLM, Boling never stopped writing and performing his songs -- he now performs full-time.  In the interview Boling discusses the balladeer impulse & the songwriter's craft.

Recorded in Studio C on March 31, 2016 by Matthew Finch.

Catch Daniel Boling online at danielboling.com.

  

This session finds us exploring India's Ghazal song form from its early 20th century incarnation to its role in classic Bollywood. While this music is performed often in Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico, it's rare to find it outside of private gatherings. 

(New content added April 4, 2016.)

Recorded on March 17, 2016 in Studio A, the musicians are:

Alnassir Kassam: vocals, harmonium
Pavan Kalasikam: tablas

Engineered by Roman Garcia.

Thollem McDonas

Mar 30, 2016

Today's feature comes straight of KUNM's air when improvisational pianist Thollem McDonas visited with Mark Weber on "All That Jazz."

McDonas brought his electric keyboard up to the Studio, but Mark decided to surprise him by wheeling in our upright spinnet from Studio A, an instrument McDonas described as "wild."

These excerpts come from the March 17 edition of "All That Jazz."

Keep up with the artist and his many projects at www.thollem.com.

Claudio Toulousse

Mar 14, 2016

On today's feature we catch up with jazz guitarist/songwriter Claudio Toulousse, an artist whose development spans New Mexico, New Orleans and Colombia, where his roots lay. The performance includes original songs from an ongoing project that involves releasing a full album one song at a time.

Recorded on February 24, 2016, the musicians are:

Claudio Toulousee: vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar vina, iPhone drone
Pavan Kalasikam: tabla

Recorded by Roman Garcia, edited by Eli Willard

Keep track of Claudio Toulouse on Facebook and Soundcloud.

 

Floozy

Mar 7, 2016

Albuquerque trio Floozy released their second album "His Name Is Fabio" while we were reconstructing studios last year, but with new videos coming out and the outdoor music season upon us it seemed high time to bring them back into Studio A.

Recorded on February 13, 2016, Floozy are:
Bronson Elliott: lead vocals, guitar, accordion
Tanya Nunez:  upright bass, vocals, banjo, narration
Lauren Addario: drum kit

Engineered by Ethan Stein
Edited by Eli Willard

Keep up with the band at www.floozynation.com.

Luis Ricardo Martinez Serra

Kristina Jacobsen has made a name for herself locally with The Merlettes and UNM's honky-tonk band, but to celebrate the release of "Three Roses" she arrived in full songwriter mode. In this excerpt of a longer session, Jacobsen plays her originals and talks about the appeal of classic Country to a classical musician with roots in three different countries.

(Part 2 with additional content added on 22 Feb 2016.)

Recorded on January 20, 2016 in Studio A by Roman Garcia the band are:

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals, acoustic guitar
Alex McMahon: pedal steel, acoustic guitar
Meredith Wilder: harmony vocals

Keep up with this artist and her various projects at www.kristinajacobsenmusic.com.

This session re-unites songwriter Cali Shaw with the all-star crew that played on his second album "Under the Olive Tree." The vibe was so exceptional in the studio that night we decided to run it almost unedited.

Recorded in Studio A on January 21, 2016 The Cali Shaw band are:

Cali Shaw: vocals, acoustic guitar
Alex Maryol: electric guitar
Dan Spanogle: bass, vocals
Josh English: drum kit
Nick Baker: vibraphone, accordion, bongos
Muni Kulasinghe: violin
Meredith Wilder: vocals

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.

Keep up with Cali Shaw at www.calishawmusic.com.

Marshall Broyles

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David Berkeley

Feb 8, 2016

Singer/songwriter writer David Berkeley has appeared on KUNM a number of times, and while we've asked him about his work as a prose writer we've never gotten a chance to hear how his prose projects inform his songs and vice versa. Until now.

For this session David brought his band of "Santa Fe champions" along with the just-released story collection The Free Brontosaurus to give us a taste of this project in its natural environment.

Recorded on January 30, 2016 the performers are:
David Berkeley: vocals, acoustic guitar, readings
Ben Wright:  electric guitar, harmony vocals
Josh Martin: electric bass, harmony vocals
Paul Feathericci: drums, percussion

Engineered by Ethan Stein

Keep track of David Berkeley at www.davidberkeley.com.

Since her debut CD release at age 18 Meredith Wilder has become one of the most high-profile musicians in Albuquerque's Americana scene.

Splitting time between the trio Wildewood and half a dozen other projects, Wilder has continued with her own song-writing and brought us songs from her second solo album, the just-released "The Coming of the Night." Included here are songs which emerged from an on-line writers group Wilder frequents.

Recorded January 18, 2016 by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles the band are:

Meredith Wilder: guitar, lead vocal
Colin Baillio: upright bass
Sage Harrington: harmony vocals

Keep track of Meredith Wilder and the other two members of Wildewood and all their far-flung projects at www.wildewoodmusic.com.

Lone Piñon

Jan 20, 2016

On January 13, 2016 we opened Studio C up for a visit from neo-traditionalists Lone Piñon. The trio has appeared at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, ¡Globalquerque! and local venues in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.   

As their debut CD "Trio Nuevo Mexicano" rolls out, the group brought folkloric and classic songs from both Mexico and Northern NM and spoke about the very different roads that brought them to embrace these traditions.

Lone Piñon are:

Jordan Wax: violin, vocals
Greg Glassman: guitar, vocals
Noah Martinez: guitarron.

Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch.

5 Star Motelles

Nov 25, 2015

It's been a long time since "Ear to the Ground" featured an all-the-way-live performance on a Saturday night.  This Studio Session features Albuquerque's 5 Star Motelles live on-air from Studio A on November 21, 2015 in a mix of retro originals & updated girl group classics from their self-titled LP.

5 Star Motelles are:
Marisa Demarco: vocals, bass
Amy Dalness: vocals, keyboards, ninja effects
Laura "Coco" Marrich:   vocals, guitar
Mauro Woody:  vocals, guitar
Giovanna Anderson:  drums, vocals

Engineered live by Roman Garcia.

Keep track of 5 Star Motelles at motelles.com.

This feature captures Albuquerque's Justin Evan Thompson & band in Studio A on November 5, 2015.  To celebrate the release of his debut CD as a solo artist, Thompson brought us some of the players who helped make the album "Hymns for a Manchild," including the Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Louise.

Justin Evan Thompson: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Gabrielle Louise: vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Hunton: electric guitar
John McMillan: bass

Engineered by Roman Garcia.  
Special thanks to Jalila Arthur & Jefferson White

Keep up with Justin Evan Thompson on Facebook.

Clark Andrew Libbey

Nov 2, 2015

In this week's feature rocker Clark Andrew Libbey steps away from ensembles (Broken Fables, The Shacks, Bellamah, etc) to give us a solo acoustic taste of his new album "Food Or Cash" along with some newly-written songs.  In the interview, he discusses the need for working musicians to develop a business plan.

Clark Andrew Libbey: vocals and guitar

Recorded in Studio A, October 30, 2015 by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Clark Andrew Libbey on Reverbnation or Facebook.

ABQ Summerfest 2015

Jul 22, 2015

Albuquerque's SummerFest series came to Nob Hill on July 18 for a full day open air extravaganza that concluded with a seasonal downpour.  KUNM's Roman Garcia and Eli Willard were on site to record the Main Stage performers:

Mystic Vic Blues Band
NuMethods
Alex Maryol Band
Honey House
Leni Stern African Quartet
Roomful of Blues
 

Final mix/editing by Eli Willard.  Special thanks to John from Audio Excellence.

Sat. 7/18 7p: Albuquerque's Nob Hill hosts Route 66 Summerfest, a day-long bounty of music on three stages, crafts, food, classic cars & kids' events. KUNM will air highlights from the Main Stage performers, featuring some of our finest local artists, plus visiting headliners. Hosted by Adam Aguirre and Matthew Finch. 

A full schedule of the performers can be found here.

Sol De La Noche

Jul 15, 2015

This week's feature spotlights Albuquerque's Sol de la Noche in a mix of Diego Manrique originals and classics from Colombia, Cuba & beyond.  At any particular time this group can perform as anything from a duo to an 11-piece band.  For this performance Sol de la Noche were:

Diego Manrique: vocals, guitar
Gabriela Garza: vocals, percussion, melodica
Diego Flores, bass
Oscar Gamboa: percussion
Jose Chicas: trumpet

Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.

Keep up with the band at www.soldelanoche.com.

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

Click to see both "Faith" and "Rope" videos.

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.

  Sat. 4/11 7p:  UNM's Johnson field transforms into a music festival Saturday afternoon and KUNM will be there.  Starting at 7:00 pm KUNM will broadcast some of the best performances of the day from Ugly Robot, Repel the Robot, Sol de la Noche, Sphynx, Lonely Biscuits and many others.  

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.

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

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