Sat. 7/16 7p: Every July the New Mexico Jazz Festival takes it to the streets with Route 66 Summerfest. Tune in to 89.9 KUNM for main stage performances from headliners Nikki Hill and the immortal Booker T. and the Stax Review, as well as local favorites Son Como Son, Chris Dracup, and more.
This program features the band Baracutanga, one of Albuquerque's most adventurous progenitors of Latin Music in a preview of their performance at the inaugural Festival Chispa. In the interview segment Tom Frouge of Avokado Artists talks about launching this new festival of "Alt-Latino" Music in Albuquerque.
Recorded at UNM's Johnson Field on April 16, 2016 by Eli Willard with Roman Garcia, Barracutanga are:
Special thanks to Marshall Broyles on ASUNM. Online editor Jefferson White.
For tonight's feature we step back two years for a session with the Todd Tijerina Trio, playing songs from his then-new CD "Shine On." Recorded just before the 2014 midterms, the set includes Tijerina's Motivate the Vote song"Get in Line."
Recorded on October 30, 2014 the trio are: Todd Tijerina: vocals, guitar Doug Heidt: bass Donnie Frank: drums
Recorded by Kevin Kissiel Keep up with Todd Tijerina solo & acoustic as well as the Tijerina Trio at www.tijerinaband.com.
Freefall is an Albuquerque-based improvisational trio. In our previous feature we heard excerpts of the piece "4/7/16" and spoke to the musicians about their approach to playing structured improvisation. The piece's title derives from the date of the performance and is presented without edits or post-production flavoring.
Recorded on April 7, 2016 Freefall are: James Whiton: electric bass & loops Greg Williams: drums & percussion Muni Kalasinghe: violin.
Engineered by Roman Garcia with Jefferson White, Chip Borton & Tai Merino
Follow Freefall on James Whiton's Facebook & SoundCloud pages.
C. Daniel Boling chats with and plays for Matthew live in Studio C.
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.
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:
Claudio Toulousse in performance and interview from KUNM's Studio A
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.
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
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:
Live music and chat with Cali Shaw and Band in Studio A.
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
Music and chat with David Berkeley and band in Studio A
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
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.
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.
Interviews and performances with 5 Star Motelles, live in Studio A.
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.
Music and conversation with Justin Evan Thompson, Gabrielle Louise, and others.
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
Clark Andrew Libbey performance and interview from Studio A at KUNM.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The MilTones Brass Band Pt 1: Performance and interview
Part 2 of The MilTones Performance and Interview:
The MilTones Pt 2: 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.
David and Ben play and chat with Matthew Finch in Studio C.
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