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This one makes me smile because it kind of brings a neat story full circle for me. Susan Gibson was nice enough to sing background vocals on this tune, and she is one of my favorite singer-songwriters and has been since I was in college.

We met in 2001 when she played in my Music Appreciation class at UNM. I was a freshman thinking about majoring in political science but secretly wanting to find a way to be a musician (and had been doing as such since about 5th grade). There wasn't a whole lot of example around Albuquerque of songwriters who toured and recorded on a sustainable level. Success to me meant a record deal and VH-1...which was totally out of reach. But THEN...I see this songwriter perform in my class who is making the music business work as a career without selling out to MTV, and who is writing honest and brilliant lyrics with a powerful guitar style.

Um, hello? I was smitten. Suz came back to New Mexico a few times over my college career and we got to know each other a little more, and when I moved out here to Austin she offered her help countless times to this very green-behind-the-ears kid new to the scene. She didn't have to do that, but she did. Lately I've been her Merch Girl and have gotten to see parts of Texas I probably would not have for a while otherwise...and this month I spent a few weeks merching in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Too fun!

When I opened for her during a couple of tours of New Mexico last year, I would always request a little harmony love on "New Mexico Boy" because she made it sound it was a no brainer to preserve it for posterity on The Early Year. Thanks, Suz, for everything.

Words and Music by Jana Pochop © 2008 Patient Grasshopper Music (ASCAP)

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