Justin Rutledge on making an "unabashedly pretty" album

Justin Rutledge, today's Friday Live guest, performs songs from his new album East and sheds some light on the journey that informed it.
Listen29:06

"I just wanna be unsettled."

It was easy for Justin Rutledge leave hometown Toronto behind in search of something new. The city he grew up just didn't speak to him anymore. 

"The place that you live... you should give to it and it should give back to you," he says.

The musician's new album, East — inspired by the direction of his journey, acts as a travel diary chronicling his physical and personal transformation on his quest for a new homestead and head space.

Out in Halifax the alt-country singer found himself spending full days in the recording studio. Now living in Ontario's Prince Edward County, Rutledge spends most days sitting on a dock with a coffee in hand. The change of scenery has been a boon to his music, and his personal development. 

"There's really little to no darkness on this record. It's about change," he says. "I just wanted to make something simple and pretty."

He joins guest host Candy Palmater in studio q to preview tracks off of his soulful, lush and "unabashedly pretty" album which dropped today.

WEB EXTRA | Justin's going on tour next month in Ontario. The dates can be found here. 

Justin Rutledge, today's Friday Live guest, performs songs from his new album East and sheds some light on the journey that informed it. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.