Pokey LaFarge is back with Rhumba Country, his forthcoming album arriving May 10, and the latest addition to his colorful catalog of Vaudevillian Americana.
Alongside the news, the country crooner offers a taste of what’s to come, releasing the album’s upbeat and bubbly ‘Sister André.’
The follow-up to his 2021 release In the Blossom of Their Shade, Rhumba Country is set to be his most joyous offering yet.
“There was a time when I glorified sadness because I lost sight of who I was,” the artist shares, “but now I understand that creating and expressing joy is my gift, and gifts are meant to be shared.”
That rediscovered delight is undeniable in ‘Sister André.’ The vintage-sheened single is effervescent, overflowing with LaFarge’s trademark charm.
He explains of the song and its inspiration: “‘Sister André’ is a love song for those who are lonely and looking and waiting to love and be loved. An encouragement to never give up the patient pursuit. It could come at any time! Encouragement, in this case, comes from Sister André, who inspired this song the day of her passing after 118 years of age.”
The rest of Rhumba Country is expected to follow suit, the 10 track album promising an irresistible good time. Ahead of the album’s early summer arrival, he details the journey to this bright, new opus, the sonic adventure he took to this genre-spanning collection.
“Listening to a lot of music from around the world helped simplify my approach,” he shares. “The more you listen to music from around the world, you realize everybody’s got their form of country music.”
LaFarge adds that Rhumba Country takes its name from the idea that music can’t be put into a box, sorted and catagorized into genres. “It’s poking fun at the futility of boxing everything into a few genres, ‘What is folk music? What is country or soul?’ I’ve always bucked at all those boundaries and found it much more exciting to create my own genre.”
This summer, LaFarge will embark on a tour across North America and the United Kingdom in support of Rhumba Country. Kicking off May 3 in Woodstock, NY, the trek will see the artist zig-zag the continent before setting his sights for the UK.
Rhumba Country Tracklist:
1. One You, One Me
2. For A Night
3. Run Run Run
4. Like A Sailor
5. Sister Andre
6. So Long Chicago
7. It’s Not Over
8. Home Home Home
9. Made To Be Loved
10. You Make My Garden Grow
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