Ruby Boots

Photo by Cal Quinn

Ruby Boots is the latest addition to the Bloodshot family. With her mix of outlaw twang bravado and power pop, it was easy for me to be reminded of another top-notch Bloodshot act – Lydia Loveless. Ruby Boots is the stage name of Australian native and recent Nashville transplant, Bex Chillcott. For her sophomore effort, she was able to land The Texas Gentlemen as her backing band which is always a good thing.

The album opens with the suggestive fuzzed out Don’t Be Cruel, a track dealing with a sexual encounter that shouldn’t happen but is doomed to end poorly. A few songs later, Break My Heart Twice is a wonderful ballad that wouldn’t sound of place on the debut by Lucius. The album continues with I’ll Make It Through, a mid-tempo piece about perseverance. But then towards the end, is the show-stopper. The a capella I Am a Woman. A defiant and powerful message during the times we find ourselves.

“I am a believer / Standing strong by your side / I’m the hand to hold onto / When it’s too hard to try… I am a woman / Do you know what that means / You lay it all on the line / When you lay down with me.”

The variety on this album is what takes it to another level. Chilcott delivers throughout and needless to say the production and backing band are top-notch as well. Add Don’t Talk About It to the ever-growing list of excellent albums put out by our friends at Bloodshot.

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Photo by Cal Quinn

Bloodshot’s newest addition, Ruby Boots, will release her Bloodshot debut on Feb 9 2018. The album will be titled Don’t Talk About It and will feature some help from Nikki Lane and the backing band will be The Texas Gentlemen.

Don’t Talk About It is informed as much by the wide-open landscapes of her Australian homeland as the intimate writing circles of her current place of residence in Nashville. Echoes of first wave UK power pop and jangly punk intersect with the every(wo)man indie and pop-inflected muscle of Best Coast. Classic rock touchstones from T. Rex to the girl group-Wall of Sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poet’s eye recalling Hope Sandoval.

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Ruby Boots pays the US a visit

by Woody on August 11, 2015

Ruby

Photo by Lisa Businovski

Ruby Boots is the moniker of Bex Chilcott, another outstanding act out of Australia. Chilcott is an alt-country troubadour out of Perth. She left her home at the age of 16, spent some hard time on a fishing trawler and that is where Chilcott found her voice. Ruby Boots has been making quite the name for herself in her home country with her latest album, Solitude. Now she’s coming over to pay us a visit for a select amount of shows. I’ve only heard a couple of tracks but if you’re in one of these towns and dig Americana, or the Australian equivalent of it; I’d make it a point of checking her out.

Sep 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid
Sep 11 – San Marcos, CA @ Old California Mining Co.
Sep 19 – Nashville, TN @ Americana Music Festival – 5 Spot 1:25 – 1:50pm
Sep 20 – Nashville, TN @ Americana Music Festival – The Blue Bar Midtown – Songwriters in the round 5:30-6:40p
Sep 23 – Nashville, TN @ Music City Roots (live taping)
Sep 24 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

Hopefully, this is just the beginning for Ruby Boots over here. She’s signed to the Lost Highway Records – Australia. I know we’re a far way off but I hope she makes her way back for SXSW 2016.

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