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There's more than one way to solve a math problem.

"When I was 17, I was 22 in every state except Colorado," says Grant Sabin. "And I stayed 22 until last year, when I turned 21."

Fuzzy math comes naturally to the Colorado Springs musical prodigy, who played his first gig at the age of 13.

The subject of this week's cover story (which begins here), Sabin has a naturally occurring whiskey rasp that could give Tom Waits a run for his money. His rootsy sound and darkly drawn lyrics are that of a much older soul than a bouncer would figure from the birthdate on his driver's license.

"I didn't drink in bars in town because there was no way I could get away with it," says Sabin, noting that his age was one of the first things anyone would hear about him.

Touring, on the other hand, turned out to be a different story. "Usually my trick was just to simply look the doorman in the eye and nod as I quickly walk right past him," he says. "After my first tour, I realized how easy it was to get drinks from the stage, and it gave me a level of confidence that translated off stage."

With his 22nd birthday coming up this month, Sabin's confidence continues to grow. And as is obvious on Anthromusicology, his first album for the Haunted Windchimes' Blank Tape Records, so does his talent.

The Windchimes will be joining Sabin and his band for a CD release party at Stargazers Theatre on Dec. 14. A copy of Anthromusicology is included in the admission price.

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