Ruby Boots, aka Australia’s sparky, truth-soaked alt-country troubadour has just released her debut album through Lost Highway Records Australia in April featuring singles ‘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) and “Wrap Me In A Fever”, recorded and produced by Anna Laverty (Jae Laffer, Paul Dempsy, New Gods) at Sing Sing Studio, Melbourne.
The Album has been highlighted as “Feature Album Of The Week” on RRR, PBS and RTR FM and is receiving rave reviews around the country.
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“By the end you are convinced that some solitude is alright just as long as you have songs as good as these for company” – Noel Mengel, Courier Mail ****
“Her earthy, streetwise vocals heave with longing, love and laughter. This brand of Americana would be as welcome at the Grand Ole Opry as an ice cold drink in a dusty outback bar” – The Age ****
“There’s Maturity and intelligence here in spades and the production is of the highest order … It’s the ups and downs of real life live encapsulated in song and Ruby Boots has captured that and more on her world class debut” – The Music ****
“If you have lost your faith in country music, check out this exciting album, it may just reignite your faith in the genre” – Beat Magazine ****
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 and love are serious matters, it’s a case of get on board or get out of the way. For principal singer and songwriter Bex Chilcott its all drive, and the coarse edges of raw musical passion haven’t been buffed off, 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.
Adding her flair to the Australian Americana/Alt Country scene for some years now, and doing so with a world of style and sass, its no wonder she has become one of the leading go to talent for like minded artists when they come and tour Australia. Show after show she has received accolades, nabbing coveted support spots with Shaky Graves / Shovels & Rope and Tony Joe White this year. Her signing with Lost Highway Records Australia, and most recently her gong for West Australian Music (WAM) Country Song of The Year Award with single ‘Wrap Me In A Fever’, confirm that Ruby Boots star is clearly on the rise.
“Chilcott’s voice portrays her zelous personality, there’s no half assed vocals here, its deepest sorrow or highest joy, just like country music used to be” – Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine
The album demonstrates Ruby Boots’ extraordinary versatility as an artist, spanning rock and roll, Gospel, country and folk music traditions to create a fresh and memorable collection of songs. – Triple R 107.2 FM, Feature Alubm of the Week
From late 2011 when the alt-country act had grown from being a band supporting the vision of Chilcott, to being a name on which to hang her expansive music stylings, subtraction and refinement has worked in her favour. A couple of EPs have been markers of her growth, but they could hardly prepare listeners for the magic contained on Ruby Boots’ debut album.
Her gypsy heart serves her well, with recording taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Spain and Utah including the production of one track across three continents; and a songwriting trip to America for co-writes with Vicki Thorn from The Waifs. The album features Thorn on ‘Middle of Nowhere’ and ‘No Stranger’; You Am I’s Davey Lane on ‘Solitude’; Jordie Lane on the duet ‘Lovin’ in The Fall’; Bill Chambers on ‘Walk Away’ and Chilcott’s right hand man Lee Jones from The Sleepy Jackson and Eskimo Joe on guitar and lap steel throughout the album. Chilcott says “Lee has become a fixture in Ruby Boots, kind of like my Gurf Morlix or Derek Trucks…”
Other co-writes are with Steve Parkin from The Basement Birds and Tony Buchen and contributing producers including Tony Buchen, Anna Laverty, Bill Chambers and Jordie Lane.
Winner of “Best Country Music Act” 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 WA Music Awards.
Winner of “WAM Song Of The Year” for Wrap Me In A Fever – Best Country Song 2105
Australian Tours …
In recent years Ruby Boots has opened the show for: Father John John Misty (USA), Justin Townes Earle (USA), Nikki Lane (USA), Shovels and Rope (USA), Shakey Graves (USA) Tony Joe White (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: Big Day Out (WA), Laneway (WA), Tamworth Country Music Festival, 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.