RUFUS WAINWRIGHT – ” Unfollow The Rules “

Posted: June 17, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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I can’t believe it’s been 22 whole years since my self-titled debut album was released into the world!, I see my upcoming album Unfollow The Rules” as the bookend of sorts to this record. “Unfollow The Rules” was even recorded in some of the same studios as my first album. My new single & music video are out now “You Ain’t Big” is poking fun not only at myself but also the music industry in general. It is straight to the crux of the matter, in terms of being an American Artist in particular.

“You Aint Big” The video uses vintage footage to reflect the classic sound of American country music of the 40’s and 50’s. The opposing images in the video serve to show how different life was for black and white Americans in the 1950’s as it has sadly remained. I think it rings appropriate for this time and professes a certain truth to today. “I originally wrote the song “You Ain’t Big” about the strange fact that in the music business worldwide until recently (our estimation has fallen considerably) no matter how well you’ve done anywhere else, if you couldn’t make it in the heartland of the US you weren’t really considered a true star. Think Little Richard, Elvis, the Beatles and Julio Iglesias. However, in releasing this song now which references states such as Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas (where I have had the pleasure of playing shows) and even New York and California, all troubled places during this tremendously turbulent time nationwide, the term “You Ain’t Big” has taken on additional meanings. The song at heart is apolitical. Its vintage sound harkens back to the classical American country music sound of the 40s and 50s and with the help of opposing images in the video of how different life was for white people compared to black people in the 1950’s, as it has sadly remained, I think it rings appropriate for this time and professes a certain truth.” – Rufus Wainwright

Unfollow The Rules album is right around the corner and there is so much more on the way.

’Damsel In Distress’ is an homage to Joni Mitchell in some ways,” says Wainwright, “particularly the structure. My husband and I now live in Laurel Canyon. I wasn’t that familiar with Joni’s music but Jörn became obsessed and took me on a journey into her music. We ended up hanging out with her and I get now why she’s one of the greats. So it’s part Laurel Canyon, part a song about a personal relationship that I’m trying to come to terms with, but mostly my Mitchell virginity being broken.”

Start the countdown! My new album “Unfollow The Rules” is out in exactly one month! The wait is almost over and I can’t wait to share this full body of work with you.

Rufus Wainwright under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management, Blake Mills appears courtesy of New Deal Records / Verve Records
Recorded at Sound City, United Recording, Mama Froom’s Studio

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