Let’s Talk About Ruby Boots

Check Ruby Boots New Release Don’t Talk About It Out February 2018

Ruby Boots – photo supplied

 

At 14 years old, Ruby Boots left a conflicted home in one of the most isolated city in the world – Perth, Western Australia.

The first stop for Boots (real name Bex Chilcott) was gruelling work on pearl boats and she hasn’t stopped migrating since, traversing the wide-open landscapes of her homeland and exploring the most remote and wondrous corners of Europe and North America.  Now the talented Nashville-based artist has stock-piled experiences and matters of the heart and soul.  Her first full-length album was Solitude in 2015.

Since then, amidst more travel and signing to influential Chicago label Bloodshot, she is readying her second full-length album Don’t Talk About It, out February 9, 2018.

 

The new album was recorded at Modern Electric Sound Records in Dallas, Texas under the watchful eye of producer Beau Bedford and features dynamic collective The Texas Gentlemen as a very able backing band, with Nashville style siren Nikki Lane lending vocals (and songwriting duties) on the title track.  Ruby has always had an arresting voice and has the gravitas to tell tales of defiance and resilience, delivered with the wisdom of a drifter, with her saddle bags fuller than someone of her years.  More complicated than straight Americana, the new songs reflect her other influences such as Nirvana, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.  The material is a dense mix of indie rock and other genres, packing quite a wallop.

After early success at home, including a Radio Triple J-rotated single and her well-received debut album, Boots decamped to Nashville in 2016 and began playing shows, first at local bars and then across the length and breadth of the United States.  It was a fortifying experience that sated her appetite for new horizons, and from those active months came a torrent of new songs – forty in total, which she took to the studio.  The songs were culled down to ten tracks which was a feat in itself.

The album opener “It’s So Cruel” demonstrates the departure from her roots debut and exhibits both strength and swagger, propelled by a buzzing-guitar riff. You can view the clip for that particular song below. The album in toto reflects her restlessness and the challenges she has had to overcome, all of which provides plenty of rich profundity and invites repeated listening to uncover its layers.

 

 

Ruby Boots at AmericanaFest – photo Rob Dickens

 

Video for “It’s So Cruel”:

 

 

 

Check Ruby Boots New Release Don’t Talk About It Out February 2018

 

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