Tuxedo

Album: Clare Dunn (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Clare Dunn grew up working cattle and driving tractors and combines on her family farm in Southern Colorado. Having been raised alongside hardworking farmers and ranchers, Dunn's ideal man bust their butts out in the hot sunshine while looking "so sexy out there working in his boots."

    Dunn explained: "'Tuxedo' came about just through me wanting to express my hopes and what I look for in my dream guy and what I hope to be able to find... and as a farm girl I grew up admiring farm boys."

    "'Tuxedo' is a song about all the things that I admire about a man," she continued. "He's hardworking, he's not afraid to go out there and do what it takes to provide, but he's just a down-to-earth guy."

    "I love Justin Timberlake and all his suits and ties and that sort of a picture of a man," Dunn added, "but in reality, for me, a guy in a pair of jeans and a dirty white tee looks just as good to me."
  • The song's music video is a look into how Clare Dunn grew up on a ranch, and all the things that influenced her as a young farm girl. "I always watched and admired and dated farm boys and cowboys and that's where the inspiration for the song itself comes from," she said. "It's really me dreaming about wanting to find my 'Tuxedo' man and all the things that I hoped he would be and all the things that are important to me, and so I wanted that to reflect in the video."

    Clare Dunn added: "Our leading man, Lee, I have no doubt knows how to fix [a] fence. For the sake of time and because we were on an actual ranch, we could not [laughs] cut the fence and rebuild it. But Lee comes from sort of a similar background as I do and grew up with cattle, and so I have no doubt that he knew how to fix the fence. But even if he hadn't, I'm confident that I could've whispered some tips and tricks to him and we could've got it done." [laughs]

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