“I remember being in middle school, my best friend got a guitar and began writing songs, and I would sing with her. Eventually I thought, ‘I can do that’, so I did it,” recalls Ruby The RabbitFoot, who made a name for herself in the diverse musical landscape of Athens, Georgia before landing in the Music City. “My middle school songs were so emo, like the world was ending, so many dramatic metaphors and such. I was very hormonal,” she admits with a laugh.
Ruby’s come a long way since her angsty middle school songwriting days. Now, the singer is preparing to release her third album, Divorce Party, on August 12th, her second via Normaltown/New West Records. “Third time’s the charm,” she laughs. “I’m so grateful to work with them, it’s the only label I’ve ever worked with, and it makes a huge difference. I’m like, ‘Please, hold me forever in your arms.’”
Housing nine sparkling electro-gems that call to mind the stylings of 80s pop divas like Sheena Easton and Stacey Q, the album, and her whole persona for that matter, are a shower of color from front to back (and head to toe). “I love pop and hip hop music, so that’s a big influence on what I do. Aesthetically, Nashville is one of the only places where I get a lot of interest in the way I dress, but really, I wear what I can afford. If I had money, I would dress so much better!” she exclaims. “I do the thrift shop thing, and artistically, I’m really into color.”
Divorce Party was inspired by an intense heartbreak, “Around the time when I was about to make another record, I got dumped pretty hard,” she recalls. “It feels a little dramatic at this point, because I’m over it and have moved past it.” It sure makes for good songwriting fodder— like my personal favorite track, “I Hate You”. That one almost didn’t go on the album,” says Ruby. “I had a friend who told me it would be bad energy to sing that song every night. I thought it was tongue-in-cheek and funny, and I didn’t think anyone would take the ‘hate’ seriously! I put it on there anyway.”
She will kick off her upcoming tour with a release show at The Basement in Nashville on Thursday, August 11th, and will travel through August before embarking on an extensive tour with friends Of Montreal. “I’m going to so many new places, I have no idea what will happen,” she says. “It’s definitely going to be a good hang.”
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