GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Singer-songwriter Max Gomez used to keep quite busy playing music professionally in his hometown of Taos, as well as Santa Fe and the surrounding area. But since signing a record deal with New West Records (the same label as John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Kris Kristofferson), Gomez has been touring the country promoting his new CD, "Rule the World."The 25-year old musician opened two shows recently in New York City for Hiatt. He's also toured with Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, and is slated to play this spring at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.This week, Gomez has been playing in Colorado where he's celebrating his just-released (Tuesday) CD. He'll stop in Grand Junction Friday, Jan. 25, for a performance at KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. Gomez, who started playing guitar at 9, wrote songs as a teenager and began performing professionally by the time he was 15. He said he grew up studying and playing the blues."It's the best place for any guitar player or songwriter to start," Gomez said during a telephone interview Tuesday. "It's the beginning of rock and roll."Eventually, Gomez was drawn to folk, and especially to the songs of John Prine. As he shifted from blues to the singer-songwriter genre, a Los Angeles record producer Gomez was working with suggested he travel to Nashville for some co-writing sessions.There, Gomez co-wrote several songs with singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins who went on to record some of the tunes on his own album. Gomez returned home from Nashville ready to do some serious songwriting."I started writing mellow rock, storytelling songs," Gomez said. "I went home and wrote 'Rule the World,'" and he said he knew it was good.Others in the business thought so, too, and it became the title song of his new CD. Plans are also in the works to release it as a radio single in the next couple of months, he said.Other than a couple of songs he co-wrote, the album is all original material by Gomez.Tickets are $15, and available by calling 970-241-8801, or by visiting www.kafmradio.org.