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Songwriter’s family along for the ride, inspiration

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dave Rosenfield is traveling the country in his vegetable oil-fueled Winnebago. And he’s perfectly fine with it.

“I’ve been packing up my wife and kids and we all head out on this journey together,” he says during a recent phone interview from Houston. “I couldn’t do this without them, and I’m grateful they are part of this journey.”

Rosenfield, who is based in Clearwater, Fla., is an indie folk singer who is touring in support of his latest album, “Son of Ojito.” The 34-year-old songwriter describes himself as a fatalist and an optimist and has an unconventional way of writing.

Dave Rosenfield
WHEN AND WHERE: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard SE; 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Blackbird Buvette, 509 W. Central
HOW MUCH: Both shows are free

“A lot of my lyrics are just streams of consciousness,” he explains. “Whatever is happening in my head is what comes out when I write. It can be seen as very unconventional, but all of my music has a message.”

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Rosenfield grew up performing in a marching band, where he played the clarinet. His mother was a folk singer and served as the inspiration for him to become a professional musician.

Rosenfield’s music has been described as a polished mixture of country, punk rock, folk and the blues.

“With my mom being a musician, I was introduced to a lot of folk music,” he says. “So as I started growing up, I went through this punk phase and you can definitely hear all of the influences in my music.”

Rosenfield says while he was recording “Son of Ojito,” he was preparing to make the album at least 16 tracks. But after reworking some of the songs, he says there were two that just didn’t fit the album.

“It’s always a difficult process to just set aside some songs,” he says. “It’s like choosing a favorite among your children. Each song is a piece of you and it’s difficult to see it get cut, but then you have to be objective and recognize which songs aren’t as strong.”

Rosenfield says that while he’s on tour, he often finds himself with a paper and pen at the wheel.

“It’s really bad, but I often get inspired when I’m driving,” he says. “It’s not the safest thing in the world to write lyrics while I’m driving, but that’s the only way to capture what I’m feeling.”

Rosenfield is looking forward to his two shows in Albuquerque because it’s a market he’s never played before.

“On this tour, I’ve been hitting areas that I’ve never been,” he says. “It’ll be interesting to introduce myself to an entirely new audience and see how they digest my music. That’s probably the best thing about being a musician. It’s a challenge to win an audience over.”

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