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      July 1, 2018

      Sunday   4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      226 South Bridge Street
      Yorkville, Illinois 60560

      Ruby Boots at The Law Office

      At 14 years old, Ruby Boots real name Bex Chilcott left a conflicted home in Perth, Western Australia to do gruellingwork on pearling boats and she hasnt stopped migrating since. Her nomadic streak has taken her around the world and eventually to Nashville, TN. Dont Talk About It charts this drifters odyssey, tattered passport in hand. Behind her commanding and versatile voice, sharp guitar playing and adept songwriting, Ruby Boots confidently manoeuvres past the whirlwinds life has tossed on her occasionally lost highway. Its 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 Rubys lifes trek resonate throughout Dont 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. 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 Girl Group Wall of Sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poets eye recalling Hope Sandoval. On her sophomore album Ruby continues to map out a polished-yet-fearless, bare-knuckled self, previously hinted at on her last album, Solitude. In 2016, Ruby met with Lone Star state-bred studio wizards The Texas Gentlemen and the albums eventual producer Beau Bedford. The group had stopped off in Nashville on their way to back Kris Kristofferson at Newport Folk Festival and a mutual admiration society quickly coalesced. 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. The album rips right open with Its So Cruel, strutting through the door with split harmonic, bawdy, fuzzed-out guitars, reminiscent of a glammy, 70s Southern rock-soaked Queens of the Stone Age. It all captures the meteoric emotional flares of an adulterous relationship destined to fail. The Gentlemen spell a Stetson-hat wearing Wrecking Crew, as they lay down dusty gothic vibes in the Nikki Lane co-written Ill Make It Through, building towards a crescendoing, persevering, bright chorus. On Believe in Heaven doo wop beats, dark choral echoes, and a plucked string section lead into ZZ Top full-bodied rawk riffage. But the most defining of tones come through in spirit, when on the a capella I Am A Woman Ruby reaches towering vocal peaks, shredding raw, putting it all out there. The song could be a traditional spiritual, as she belts: I am a believer/ Standing strong by your side/ Im the hand to hold onto/ When its 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. Of the song Chilcott says, I am a Woman was conjured up amid recent events where men have spoken about, and treated womens bodies, the way no man, or woman, should. This kind of treatment toward another human being makes every nerve in my body scream. These kinds of incidents are so ingrained in our culture and are swept under the carpet at every turnit needs to change. As tempting as it was to just write an angry tirade I wanted to respond with integrity, so I sat with my feelings and this song emerged as a celebration of women and womanhood, of our strength and our vulnerability, all we encompass and our inner beauty, countering ignorance and vulgarity with honesty and pride and without being exclusionary to any man or woman. My hope is that we come together on this long drawn out journey. The song is the backbone to the album for me. Dont Talk About It smoulders 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. When youre invited to share a bill with headliners like Kris Kristofferson, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Reverend Horton Heat, and Tony Joe White, youre bound to learn a thing or two. Yet, in listening to her debut album, one cant 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 After recently being named as a Americana Festival 2016 Showcasing Artist to Watch by renowned US magazine, American Songwriter, work on her second record is underway with tracking scheduled for early Jan 17 and release slated for mid 2017. Every day I wake up hungry for it, its what I live for. Im extremely excited and very fortunate to be able to do it. As each day passes Im more and more grateful for it and it keeps growing. All these beautiful things keep happening and you realise how lucky you are though I believe you have to create your own luck. - Ruby Boots Rolling Stone AU Most Anticipated 40 Albums in 2018 Rolling Stone US Most Anticipate Albums and Tours in 2018 Rolling Stone US 20 Best Things We Saw at Americana Fest 2017 Courier Mail **** The Age **** The Music **** Beat Magazine **** Top 25 Albums 2015 The Music Top Americana Albums of 2015 Post To Wire Top 10 Albums Rhythms Magazine Triple RRR - Feature Album of the Week

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