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KUNM Studio Sessions

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

As promised in last week's "Ear to the Ground", and following a post below, this is Part 2 of our live session with Todd Tijerina and his band.

Check post below for more details about the band.

Charline Matthews

Tonight's featured artist is Albuquerque's Todd Tijerina Band, part one.

Tijerina came to local prominence as a Blues specialist, but his new CD "Shine On" finds him moving into new territory, as you can hear in this performance with this latest edition of the band:

Todd Tijerina: vocals, guitar
Dave Heidt: bass, vocals
Donnie Frank: drums, vocals

Engineered & edited by Kevin Kisiel.

Keep up with the group & hear selections from the new CD "Shine On" at www.tijerinaband.com.

Double Plow

Oct 27, 2014

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

Find Double Plow on Facebook and reverbnation.com.

Leeches Of Lore

Oct 24, 2014

Easily one of the best rock bands in Albuquerque, they've also been making a name for themselves nationally. The basic trio is Steve Hammond on electric guitar and vocals, Noah Wolters on keys and Andy Lutz on drums, often incorporating numerous other local musicians.

     Principal songwriter Steve Hammond is adept at melding country and metal genres almost seamlessly, and with an oddball sense of humor that often draws comparisons to Ween or similar hybrid musical surrealists.

The Leeches performed live on Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on October 14th.   Engineered by Simon Welter.  DJ Caterwaul hosted the show.

Find more Leech lore at leechesoflore.com.

Wildewood

Oct 7, 2014

(Click title "Wildewood" above to view video.)

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.

Wildewood is:

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.

Keep up with Wildewood at http://www.wildewoodband.com.

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.

To find links to any of these artists go to www.globalquerque.org.

 

Lo'Jo (France) Plaza Mayor stage

 

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Los Texmaniacs (Texas) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Afro-Cuban All Stars (Cuba) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Oumar Konate (Mali) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Golem (New York) Plaza Mayor stage


 

Beto Jamaica (Colombia) Journal Theater stage


 

Liu Fang (China) Journal Theater stage


 

Calypso Rose with Kobe Town (Trinidad and Tobago) Journal Theater stage


 

Robert "Tree" Cody and Native Wisdom (Maricopa/Intertribal) Journal Theater stage


 

Gaby Moreno (Guatemala) Journal Theater stage


 

Eli Secody (Dine) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Los Primos featuring Lenore Armijo (New Mexico) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

DVA (Czech Republic) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

The Cowboy Way (New Mexico) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Liu Fang with Rahim AlHaj (China, Iraq) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

Lo'Jo (France) Fountain Courtyard stage


 

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.

Find out more about Cole Mitchell at www.colemitchellmusic.com.

Cielito Lindo Performs on The Children's Hour

Aug 28, 2014

Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music performed in our studio on August 23, 2014.  

The band consists of four brothers in the Lucero family ages six to twelve, on guitars and vocals.  They were joined by their father on bass guitar.

Wildewood Acoustic

Aug 25, 2014
Wes Naman

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.

Wildewood are:
Greg Williams: harmonica, snare drum
Alex McMahon: vocals, guitar
Meredith Wilder: vocals, guitar

Matthew Finch was the audio engineer.

Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

Youngsville

Aug 11, 2014
theyoungsville.com

This "Ear to the Ground" feature previews the forthcoming local compilation CD from The ABQ Music Lab with a Studio A performance by contributing band Youngsville:

Carlos Garcia: vocals, guitar
Mickey Sanchez: bass, vocals
Ryan Sclarrotta: drums, vocals

We also get some time with the brains behind the Music Lab series & the compilation, Clark Libbey & Joey Gonzalez.

Engineered by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Youngsville at www.theyoungsville.com.
Follow the ABQ Music Lab at www.facebook.com/MusicLabABQ for news on the live music series, find the compilation at www.musiclab.bandcamp.com.

Tonight's feature finds us in Studio A on July 24th with the Albuquerque 7-piece Cactus Tractor in an all-acoustic performance.

For this night Cactus Tractor was:

Samuel Sullivan: harmonica
Stef Graner: vocals, accordion, charrango, banjo, washboard, Chupper horn
Christy Cook: vocals, violin, guitar, tenor ukulele, mandolin, Hula horn
David Bashwiner: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Matthew Tobias: drums
Paul Hunton: vocals, bass, guitar
Brandon Baca: vocals, guitar

Audio engineering and post-production by Ethan Stein with assistance of Kevin Kissiel.
Jefferson White: videographer.

Keep track of Cactus Tractor online at www.cactustractor.com or on Facebook.

    Led by veteran vocalist, master musician, multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist Rodney Bowe alongside multi-lingual, multi-genre vocalist/musician Sina Soul, Sweet Life brought the funk to the main stage at the 5th annual Route 66 Summerfest street festival.  KUNM was there to capture the performance. 

Details at their website: www.onlysweetlife.com.

    Chris Dracup, a life long resident of New Mexico, began performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Taos, NM.

Since then he has been a singer and lead guitarist with some of New Mexico's favorite bands, including "The Muttz", "The Rattle Cats", "The Chris Dracup Trio" and "The Chris Dracup Project".  

KUNM was there at the Route 66 Summerfest street festival to capture their live set.  

Mixed by Eli Willard.  

Find details on Chris Dracup at http://www.chrisdracup.com.

Mala Maña is Albuquerque's own all-female vocal and percussion ensemble, playing a variety of traditional and original Latin American music. They took the stage mid-afternoon to open the festivities at Route 66 Summerfest and KUNM was there.

Find out more about Mala Maña at www.malamanamusic.com.

One week after their in studio appearance, Las Alegres Ambulancias took the stage at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.

This 9 piece group visiting from Columbia came to the 11th annual Folk Art Market to share their unique Afro-Columbian music and culture. KUNM was there to capture it live!

Saving Damsels

Jul 14, 2014
Saving Damsels

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

Roman Garcia engineered the original session.

Keep up with Saving Damsels at www.savingdamsels.com.

Desert Diamond Band

For this week's feature we step back six whole days to Desert Diamond's live appearance in Studio A on KUNM's "Singing Wire."

This as-yet unrecorded group from Laguna Pueblo includes veterans of many Native Rock and Country bands and features original songwriting.  

The Desert Diamond Band are:

Keith Day: lead vocals, guitar
Dominick Pancho: lead guitar
Phillip Riley, Jr.: bass
Anthony Duran: drums

Live engineering and post-production by Roman Garcia.
Find them at www.facebook.com/thedesertdiamondband.

Las Alegres Ambulancias (Happy Hearses) originally from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia are bringing their Afro-Colombian music and culture to New Mexico.

During their live performance for Raíces show (on July 5th), the 9 band members shared their 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu traditions. Their drummers and voices shook KUNM!
 

Rahim Alhaj

Jun 30, 2014

For tonight's feature we hear Rahim Alhaj's all-original set from the KUNM Members' Concert held on May 16th at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre.

Rahim Alhaj: Oud
Issa Malouf: percussion

Live sound: Travis Hill; Recorded/Mixed: Eli Willard; Edited: Roman Garcia.

Iyah Band Live

Jun 9, 2014

For tonight's feature we hear The Iyah Band's all-original set from the KUNM Members' Concert held on May 16th at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre.  

The Iyah Band are:
Ijah Umi: vocals, keyboards
Jah Son: guitar, vocals
Otiamba Umi: bass
Irving Trujillo: drums

Live sound by Travis Hill; recorded and mixed by Roman Garcia.

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.

Camera and video by Jefferson White.

Ryan Obermeyer

Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.

The group dropped by our studios for a live performance and interview with Afternoon Freeform host Harry Norton.

The ensemble consists of James Anderson (violin), Jonathan Geer (keyboard), Mike Maddux (accordion), Tony Rogers (cello) and Pat Harris (bass).

Find info about the band here at http://apqtango.com/

HiSS

May 19, 2014

On May 14 we welcomed rock trio HiSS into Studio A to record their originals and two covers, all developed as students in the Rock 101 program.
 
HiSS are:
Camelia Ceniceros: lead vocals, guitar
Bela Ceniceros: bass, keyboards, vocals
Beia Smith-Shaw: drums, vocals

Engineered and edited by Roman Garcia, video by Jefferson White.

The band was joined by Kyle Ruggles and Kevin Herig of Rock 101 to talk about how a group whose eldest member is 13 developed so rapidly.

Keep up with HiSS at www.hissofficial.com. Learn more about the Rock 101 program at www.rock101nm.com.

Trio Luz

May 12, 2014

"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:

Consuelo Luz: vocals, charango, tamborine
Joaquin Gallegos: flamenco guitar, vocals, palmas
Jeremy Bleich: oud, melodica, vocals, palmas

Find Consuelo Luz recordings at www.consueloluz.com.

Joaquin Gallegos & Jeremy Bleich are active in the local groups Tierra Sonikete and the Kodama Trio respectively, among many others.  Find them on Facebook.

Cipriano Vigil

May 5, 2014
Cipriano Vigil

During his live performance for RAÍCES (May 3rd), Cipriano Vigil, New Mexican musicologist and musician shares his songs, and his new book, “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano” (UNM Press, 2014).

Find out more about Cipriano Vigil at newmexicofolkmusictreasure.com

Tribute Trio

Apr 28, 2014
abqjournal.com

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

The Tribute Trio have released two CDs of those originals.  Find them at www.tributetrio.com.

The Black Lillies

Apr 24, 2014
Deone Jahnke

The Black Lillies, led by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Cruz Contreras, are currently on tour. They stopped by KUNM to perform live on Afternoon Freeform (April  23) with Carol Boss. The band’s blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and Appalachian soul has earned them critical acclaim nationwide and their most recent album, Runaway Freeway Blues, was included on numerous Best Albums of the Year (2013) lists.

Cruz Contreras: guitar, bass, vocals
Trisha Gene Brady: vocals
Tom Pryor: guitar
Robert Richards: bass, guitar
Bowman Townsend: percussion

Find out more about The Black Lillies: theblacklillies.com.

The Lymbs

Apr 21, 2014
thelymbs.com

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.

From Portland, Casey Neill was in our Control Room between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album "All You Pretty Vandals."

During his live performance for Afternoon Freeform (April 16th), he shared his songs filled with irony, romance, stories, and social commentary.

Find out more about Casey Neill at caseyneill.org.

Sage Harrington

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:

Sage Harrington: vocals, 1920s Martin ukulele, banjoleleJared Putnam: vocals, 1930s Kaye upright bass

Keep up with The Happy Gland Band and their release "Flooded Away" at www.sageharrington.com.

Keep up with Jared Putnam's other musical endeavors at www.lechatlunatique.com.

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