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Songs of the range: Steve Cormier’s music influenced by years of work as a cowboy

Steve Cormier is a busy man.

Especially this year.

The Albuquerque-based cowboy singer has toured in Canada and along the East Coast.

He also performed for the 90th anniversary of the KiMo Theatre in March.

Most recently, he’s been making stops across New Mexico performing for shows the New Mexico Humanities Council set up as part of its public programming.

“It’s been quite a year,” he says in a recent phone interview. “All of the opportunities have been great to be a part of. I’m excited about moving forward to the next year.”

Cormier recently released the album “Bucking Off,” his first live album.

The album is mostly clips from concerts from San Diego to Washington, D.C.

“Enough people kept asking me for a live album,” he says. “Along with the songs, they wanted to hear the stories behind them. I didn’t realize that people wanted to hear the stories. I think that’s why people love live albums. It has all the explanations and the flaws. There’s no way of getting it all perfect.”

Cormier says his set list changes from show to show.

And he’s started to incorporate more of his own music.

“I’ve written about 40 percent of the set,” he says. “These are songs that reflect my years as a day-work cowboy. I’ve always wanted to put my music with the traditional stuff that I perform. It’s about life in New Mexico and living in the West.”

Cormier continues to tour, which is a nice break from his time spent in the film industry.

For a spell, he appeared in TV shows “Breaking Bad” and “In Plain Sight,” as well as films such as “The Astronaut Farmer” and “Wyatt Earp.”

While fulfilling those dreams of being on TV and film, he missed being in front of an audience and performing.

“There’s nothing like it,” he says. “Being able to sing songs that I love and having an attentive audience is the best feeling. We are all one at that time.”

Cormier’s show at Apple Mountain Music will be intimate, because it’s a small space.

“These shows are also special because the audience is so attentive,” he says. “When the audience is small, I can see everyone’s face and reaction.”

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