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NM-based Michael Rudd took 30 years to find ‘Paradise’

April 20 – Michael Rudd’s journey to “Long Way from Paradise” was one full of windy roads.

After years of playing in a punkabilly and blues band in Albuquerque, Rudd put down his guitar for the next 30 years.

Still, the creative process continued.

Lyrics and melodies danced in his head.

Still, it wasn’t until 2023 that they started making their way to the forefront.

“I didn’t see this as an album until October or the fall,” Rudd says. “But I started writing songs that ended up on this album in August.”

Rudd will return to the stage to celebrate the release of “Long Way from Paradise,” his debut album, at Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery in Santa Fe on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Rudd admits he has no writing process.

“I hear a melody in my head or I hear a few lines, and it just comes to me,” he says. “I don’t sit down and write music. It happens in an organic way that I don’t quite understand.”

The New Mexico-based musician also takes the time to listen to what feels good.

“Not every song is there,” he explains. “At the end of the day, every song has to sound good to me. If there’s something behind a note or a lyric, I go after it. The process also doesn’t guarantee that I’ll end up with good songs. It just means that I will.” where it begins.”

In February, Rudd headed north to Santa Fe and recorded at Frogville Studios.

He brought along Pat Malone on electric and acoustic guitar, Asher Barreras on double bass, Mark Clark on drums, Jen Bixby on vocals and Jon Graboff on pedal steel guitar.

Rudd entered the studio with a set number of songs, as this paralleled his plan.

“By the time I got to Frogville, five of the songs had been replaced by five others,” says Rudd. “There were one or two songs that I wrote for the sessions over the last few weeks. It was just a matter of what felt right for me again.”

While recording at Frogville Studios, Rudd immediately felt at ease.

After 17 days of recording it felt like home.

“It all fell into place,” he says. “I don’t see a recording anywhere else in the future. I’ll be back there for the next album.”

Now that the album is complete and out into the world, Rudd is feeling great and looking forward to performing again.

“(The trial) was eye-opening and life-changing,” Rudd says. “It was a really important moment for me.