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Moving up: Rozwell Kid releases new album, embarks on tour

Jordan Hudkins is in the middle of Wyoming on his way to a show in Montana.

During this downtime, he’s been able to reflect on his life in 2017.

As a member of the indie rock band Rozwell Kid, he’s got a lot to be thankful for.

There’s the recent release of the band’s latest album, “Precious Art” and how well it’s being received by critics and fans alike.

And after six years touring the country, Rozwell Kid is on its first headlining tour.

“It feels good to be doing more songs and having a longer set,” he says in a recent phone interview. “At first, the possibility of us doing a headlining tour was scary. Support tours can be comfortable for smaller bands like us. Now that we’re headlining, ticket sales matter to me more. It’s been more stressful; at the same time, it’s been more rewarding to be on this headlining tour.”

Rozwell Kid formed in 2011 in West Virginia and released its debut album the same year.

Since then, the band – which is rounded out by Adam Meisterhans, Devin Donnelly and Sean Hallock – has toured heavily.

With “Precious Art,” Hudkins and crew find themselves in a different space than on the previous albums.

The band’s profile is rising, and more people are attending shows.

“It’s always great to get on stage and perform,” he says. “That’s with three people or 300. This tour is special, because we have the new material and it’s bonding with audiences.”

Rozwell Kid worked on material for “Precious Art” for about two years, though the recording process took two weeks.

Hudkins’ writing process remained the same for the new album as with previous ones, although there was one hurdle that he had to contend with – being on tour while supporting 2014’s album, “Too Shabby.”

“I had to relearn how to work in writing time on tour and at home,” he says. “I had to acclimate myself to a brand-new schedule. Some days, nothing would happen. Other days, I would get really cool ideas. It’s a process, for sure.”

It’s been a few years since Rozwell Kid has performed in the Duke City.

Hudkins is looking forward to playing a great show at Launchpad – and getting food.

“Once we get there, I eat red and green chile until we leave,” he says. “Albuquerque is one of my favorite cities.”

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