Ruby Boots bold and unafraid music doesn't hide from what she wants and doesn't care who knows it. Just like the characters in her songs where life, love and the rough handed scratching of a person's most primal itch are serious matters - it's a case of get on board or get out of the way. It’s all drive, and the coarse edges of raw musical passion haven’t been buffed off by the industry, but embraced as her music rings more true to herself than ever. Her somewhat cowboy mouth rolls out banter with the heart warming charm of a drunken Irishman. This is not cookie cutter country music dressed for outback B&S balls. Ask her about such things and she'd likely suggest you should just remove the ampersand and you'd be close to the mark.
From the earliest days of late 2011 when the alt-country act has grown from being a band supporting the vision of principal singer and songwriter Bex Chilcott, to being a name on which to hang Chilcott's expansive music stylings. Subtraction and refinement has worked in her favour and proven growth in songwriting, growth in playing, growth in stage presence. 2014 was a year that saw Chilcott blossom with great show after great show and, as her latest material shows with impressive clarity, great song after great song. Mostly, though, it's been about having the courage to keep going, pushing yourself, and by extension anyone else brave enough to try and keep up, even if sometimes you are more guided by what you don't want rather than what you do.
"Great songs, great singer” - Marty Jones - Rhythms Magazine
“The incomparable Ruby Boots” Peter Barr – RTRFM
Ruby Boots, aka Australia’s flame-haired, truth-soaked alt-country troubadour Bex Chilcott, has now signed to Lost Highway Records Australia, just as she releases new single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’, co-written and with guest vocals by with Vikki Thorn (The Waifs), and recorded and produced with Tony Buchen (Tim Finn, The Preatures, Mama Kin).
The new single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ was conceived following what was for Chilcott a slow burning journey to get to Utah on a writing trip with Vikki Thorn from The Waifs. The single is the impassioned precursor to Ruby Boots forthcoming debut album Solitude (due for public release in April 2015) featuring a slew of musicians that are staples in Australian Music today such as Davey Lane (You Am I), Jordie Lane and Vikki Thorn (The Waifs). Produced by Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Mama Kin) and Anna Laverty (Jae Laffer, Paul Dempsey) and Bill Chambers.
‘Middle Of Nowhere’ was directly inspired by Chilcott’s disarming introduction to joining Vikki in Utah.
Chilcott says: “I was tired, jetlagged, emotionally drained, and scared out of my wits - the latter mainly because I had no idea what I was walking into. I knew Vikki lived on an isolated farm in Utah somewhere, and that we were setting out to write a few songs, and that's where my knowledge ended. I hadn’t even bothered to find out an address and was nearly refused entry into the country at customs! After meeting my new, tiny-framed yet big-voiced friend Vikki in Salt Lake City, we drove to the farm - a drive that proved to be highly entertaining. In the final leg I succumbed to my jetlag daze and passed out, later waking up in the total darkness of the driveway on a very isolated property, about a twenty minute drive to the nearest sign of civilization (a lonely petrol pump).
"Welcome to the middle of nowhere" Vikki said.
“I quickly replied with all the false bravado I could muster, “That's going to be the name of the first song we'll write tomorrow”.
‘Middle Of Nowhere’ is a song that encapsulates its surroundings: written on a farm in the remote southern parts of Utah, you can hear the isolation and the space both sonically and lyrically. But the track delves deeper, diving into the dark corners of the unknown. It’s a song about bravery, facing fears and the pits and falls we all endure getting ‘there’ - and of course the reward of coming out the other end!
Winner of “Best Country Music Act” 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 WA Music Awards.
SINCE 2010 …
Ruby Boots has supported: Father John John Misty (USA), Justin Townes Earle (USA) Nikki Lane (USA) Reverend Horton Heat (USA), The Waifs, Mick Thomas, Oh Mercy, Diesel, Wagons, Mama Kin, Weddings Parties Anything, Tim Rogers, The Audreys, Adalita, TinPan Orange, Dyson/Stringer/Cloher, Bill Chambers and Jordie Lane ... you get the picture!
Festivals include: Americana Fest (USA) Big Day Out (WA), Laneway (WA), Boyup Brook CMF, Bridgetown Blues, Nannup Music, Boddington Blues, Nukara Music, Wave Rock Weekender, West Coast Blues & Roots, Queenscliff Music, Moomba, Illawarra Folk and Festival of the Sun.
Releases: EP Self Titled 2010, EP “At Last” 2011, 7" Vinyl Solitude/Lovin' In The Fall feat Jordie Lane 2014, EP Self Titled 2014.