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Though Tommy has consistently been voted among the top vocalists in Albuquerque in Albuquerque The Magazine & The Alibi over past years, he has yet to publicize being voted on these "Best Of" categories since the votes are typically uncontrolled popularity contests. However, Albuquerque's Intelligent Alternative News Paper, Local iQ, made the risky decision to take a different approach at assembling a BEST OF ALBUQUERQUE list. They decided to seek out the opinions of people who knew more than a few things about local art, music, theater, film, food, drink, nightlife, day trips, spa treatments, dive bars, nearby hikes, et al.

Their strategy in last year’s Smart List was to compile the opinions of experienced culture seekers in the community, all the while, reminding themselves that diversity is key. So in similar fashion to 2008’s Smart List, Local iQ distributed ballots to a culture rich lot that was made up of people who represented a wide-variety of professions, backgrounds, interests and hobbies. Ballots were sent to teachers, doctors, students, musicians, artists, bankers, entrepreneurs, real-estate agents, photographers, journalists, curators, designers, planners, stylists, lawyers, critics, stylemakers and a few regular folks thrown in for good measure.

Their esteemed judging panel voted on more than 100 categories that profiled the finest culture this desert town has to offer. The judging panel was comprised of 100 of the city’s most discriminating citizens, none of whom were on last year’s panel. As expected, their judges sure knew their stuff. Local iQ’s strictly non-voting staff emphatically agreed with many of the top picks on the ballot.

TOMMY WANTED TO EXPRESS HIS UTMOST GRATITUDE TO ALL THAT VOTED FOR HIM. HE ESPECIALLY WANTS TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF HIS GROUP OF OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS AND COLLABORATORS for making him sound so damn good:

TONY CESARANO, STEVE FIGUEROA, DAN SPANOGLE, & DAVID EDWARDS

To read more about Local iQ's 2009 Smart List Winners, check out this link: http://www.local-iq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1199&Itemid=52