Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Doors: 6:30 PM; Music: 7:00 PM
Advance tickets: $15 (Will Call Only)
Tickets also available at Forde Nursery and Alumni Club
Day of Show: $20 at door
It’s a pre-Red Ants Pants evening with Ruby Boots, who will also be playing on the RAP main stage on Sunday afternoon! Ruby Boots has been named in Rolling Stone’s “Most Anticipated Albums and Tours in 2018”.
At 14 years old, Ruby Boots – real name Bex Chilcott – left a conflicted home in Perth, Western Australia to do grueling work on pearling boats and she hasn’t stopped migrating since. Her nomadic streak has taken her around the world and eventually to Nashville, TN.
In 2015, Ruby Boots released an independent record entitled Solitude to budding and consistent critical approval across Australia and eventually trickling over to the United States, including rave reviews from Rhythms Magazine, The Courier-Mail, The Age, and No Depression. Surrounding the release, her live persona and overall creative reputation began to spread as a powerful and unique voice paired with a laser-beam focused songwriting sensibility and led her to share the stage with the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Tony Joe White, and many others.
“When you’re invited to share a bill with headliners like Kris Kristofferson, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Reverend Horton Heat, and Tony Joe White, you’re bound to learn a thing or two. Yet, in listening to her debut album, one can’t help but suspect that it was Ruby Boots’ own style and savvy that earned her a place on that stage to begin with.” – No Depression
Ruby Boot’s latest album, Don’t Talk About It, charts her drifter’s odyssey, tattered passport in hand. Behind her commanding and versatile voice, sharp guitar playing and adept songwriting, Ruby Boots confidently maneuvers past the whirlwinds life has tossed on her occasionally lost highway. It’s an album of hope, breakthrough, and handling the unknown challenges around the next bend.
The roads taken, the miles traveled and the voices heard during Ruby’s life’s trek resonate throughout Don’t Talk About It. Informed as much by the wide-open landscapes of her homeland as the intimate writing circles of Nashville, the album may range far and wide but always maintains a firm sense of place. On this sophomore album Ruby continues to map out a polished-yet-fearless, bare-knuckled self, previously hinted at on her first album. In 2016, Ruby met with Lone Star state-bred studio wizards The Texas Gentlemen (her current backing band) and the album’s eventual producer Beau Bedford. The collective pulled a handful of songs from the 40 she had waiting and began recording at their Dallas-based studio, Modern Electric Sound Recorders. Don’t Talk About It smolders with a fighting spirit and pulls influence and experience from many pins in the map, but is 10 songs harbored in the singularity that is Ruby Boots.
“Every day I wake up hungry for it, it’s what I live for. I’m extremely excited and very fortunate to be able to do it. As each day passes I’m more and more grateful for it and it keeps growing. All these beautiful things keep happening and you realize how lucky you are – though I believe you have to create your own luck.” – Ruby Boots