KUNM Studio Sessions

A showcase of local and visiting musicians recorded in performance at KUNM.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On September 25th and 26th KUNM Production Director Roman Garcia and team headed to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque for the 11th Annual Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture.

AJ Woods

Aug 17, 2015

Albuquerque singer/songwriter AJ Woods joined us in Studio C on August 13 for an original set along with tour partners Wildewood.

AJ Woods: vocals, guitar, harp
Alex McMahon: dobro, tenor banjo
Greg Williams: drums & toys
Meredith Wilder: vocals

Keep up with AJ Woods on Facebook and bandcamp.
Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

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.

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.

Click to see video.

Carol Boss visited with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill when they came through town on her show "Afternoon Freeform" on 89.9 KUNM. They chatted a bit and played three of their lovely irished-tinged songs for fiddle and guitar.

Martin Hayes, fiddle
Dennis Cahill, Guitar

Carol Boss, host

Videography by Jefferson White

This week's feature brings together two 2014 sessions with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood. 

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.

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.

The Lymbs

Mar 9, 2015

This session features Albuquerque rock duo The Lymbs playing songs from the new ep "Moon," their third record in three years.  Recorded on February 26, 2015, The Lymbs are:

Gage Bickerstaff: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jeff Bell:  drums, keyboards
Andrew Raymond:  fifth Beatle

Session engineer: Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel and Nicole Candelaria
Post production:  Roman Garcia
Videographer:  Jefferson White

To keep up with The Lymbs both locally and on tour start here:
www.thelymbs.com.

Lunasa

Mar 9, 2015

On March 5, 2015, the Irish instrumental quintet Lunasa stopped by Thursday "Freeform" on their way to a show at The Macey Center in Socorro.

Lunasa is:
Kevin Crawford: "d" flute
Trevor Hutchinson:  bass
Ed Boyd:  guitar
Sean Smith:  fiddle
Cillian Vallely:  Uilleann pipes, low whistle

Session engineer: Roman Garcia
Host:  Brandon Kennedy

Lunasa tour frequently in the USA.   Keep up with them at www.lunasa.ie.

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

Claire Lynch Band

Mar 2, 2015

This session features The Claire Lynch Band in live performance from our own Studio A on "Friday Freeform" February 27, 2015.

A nationally-recognized Bluegrass performer and songwriter since her work with the Front Porch String Band in the 80s, Lynch launched her own band in 2005.  The past decade has seen her and the group rise to the top tier of Bluegrass artists while her own compositions transcended the form, appearing on a wide range of others' albums.

The quartet drove through the snow to make it to KUNM and dedicated the song "Snow Day" to the historic storm that followed them into town.

The Claire Lynch Band are Claire Lynch, Mark Schatz, Jarrod Walker & Bryan McDowell.

Roman Garcia engineered the session live from Studio A with production assistance from Steve Nery and Eli Willard. Jefferson White, videographer. Harry Norton was the live host.

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

Ribab Fusion from Morocco visit for awhile in the KUNM Control Room with Carol Boss on Afternoon Freeform. They perform a few songs on "ribab" and other instruments, and chat about their music. Video only.

Video by Jefferson White.

Keep up with Ribab Fusion on the web at www.ribab-fusion.com.

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. 

(A rebroadcast from last year.)

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. Video by Jefferson White.

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

Drawing by Dustin Harvey

From December 2014 - we offer highlights from the UNM Songwriting Showcase.

Presented originally by professors David Bashwiner & Kristina Jacobsen-Bia the featured songwriters are:

Wyatt Granger, Pip Ridgway, Gregorio Hernandez, Gena Bradshaw, Sarah Rose, Jaime Jesus, Juan Pablo Fernandez Cohen, Marshall J. Broyles, & Lydia O'Neal.

Special thanks to Production Assistant Marshall J. Broyles.

Klas

Dec 15, 2014

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.

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