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Ron Crowder records first EP, with nod to working-class roots

Sometimes Ron Crowder needs a break.

And he’s making the most of his time on vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho.

“Basically, it’s been hiking and chilling,” he says.

Albuquerque-based musician Ron Crowder is releasing the EP “Liberty.” (SOURCE: Ron Crowder)

The break is much-needed, as Crowder is readying his first EP, “Liberty.”

After years of performing in Albuquerque, he decided to put together a few tracks and release them as an EP.

Written and performed in a retro style he terms rock ‘n’ soul, the EP’s songs are steeped in his compassion for the working-class roots from which he hails, and give voice to the everyday celebrations and struggles that the common man or woman goes through.

“Basically, I’ve been a songwriter my whole life,” he says. “I’m a recording engineer and producers. I’ve been behind the scenes for so many projects, I decided to put out something on my own.”

Crowder will perform a show at 7 tonight at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo.

Crowder received the award for best song at the New Mexico Music Awards earlier this year.

Crowder, along with his co-writers, Jim Casey and Danny Casey, won for the song “Liberty.”

Crowder says the song is a socially conscious anthem for our times that shines a spotlight on injustices taking place in this country, from the killing of innocent people of color to atrocities being committed against immigrants. It is the title track from Crowder’s coming EP of the same name, which he performed, produced and recorded at his InCrowd Studio.

The EP includes guest contributions from some of New Mexico’s finest musicians, including Hillary Smith, Delphia, Dona Jenkins Wilder, Jim Casey, Glenn Kostur, and Daniel Ward.

Crowder says he wrote the title track for Albuquerque artist Smith.

“She was out of the pocket for a while,” Crowder says. “The more I worked on it, I started liking the song. I asked Jim if I could record it. I felt like it would round out my EP nicely. I didn’t expect it to win best song. It was also a song that could reach people with an important message.”

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