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Griffin House collaborates with others in writing songs for next album

There are certain downsides to being a professional musician.

For songwriter Griffin House, it’s when he’s doing yardwork and injures himself.

“I definitely split my pinky,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I was working with heavy objects outside and it slipped and hit my hand. I have a gig coming up and hopefully it’ snot that bad. I have to stay active or I go crazy.”

The 38-year-old Ohio native has recorded nearly a dozen albums over the course of his career.

House didn’t discover his musical ability until he was in high school and landed a role in a musical.

He also gravitated toward writing – first poetry and then songwriting.

His most recent album is 2016’s “So on and So Forth.”

But he recently finished recording a new album.

“I’m talking to a few labels for the release,” he says. “Once I figure that out, it will be great. The recording process took over a year. I broke it up into pieces.”

For the coming album, House took a different path to the songs.

Normally writing in seclusion, he decided to venture out more into co-writing collaborations.

“I got a little more help from my friends in Nashville,” he says.

House was able to pen tracks with Joy Williams from The Civil Wars and Brian Elmquist from The Lone Bellow.

“It was nice to do the collaborating,” House says. “Not having to hole up in a room by myself, it allowed me to feel more inspired. It felt refreshing in that way. It could take me a year to write songs sometimes, and Joy and I wrote a song in one day. Brian and I wrote a few songs over a couple of days. It was a process that I enjoyed.”

He will play some new songs during his two performances in New Mexico.

With a large catalog of music to pull from, House does find it difficult to strike the right balance. And he’s learned from his mistakes on tour.

“We tried a three-hour set on our first show on a tour in 2010,” he says. “It was my ‘Learner’ album, and I made a set of 33 songs. I figured we’d play a marathon set and the people in Colorado would get a special treat. After hour two, people started dropping like flies. I will put together a set that gives everyone a sampling of music through my career.”