Ruby Boots, Little Bandit, Stephie James

Fri May 18 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

$9 ADV/ $12 DOS

Ages 21+

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  • Ruby Boots

    Ruby Boots


    “‘The idea behind the name recalls life as a wayfaring troubadour, living for the moment, being independent and not fearful. Ruby’ is fiery and passionate, and ‘boots’ is about all that moving around that comes with it.”

    Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) lives and breathes her music. Her passion burns bright and comes from a place of heartfelt storytelling wrapped up in consummate songwriting. Not one to be pigeon-holed, she has nonetheless risen to be one of the pre-eminent Australian artists on the Americana/alt-country scene with numerous tours and international support slots culminating in 2015 with the release of her debut, critically acclaimed album, Solitude.

    Released on the iconic alt-country label Lost Highway Records in Australia, Solitude is the result of time spent touring and honing her songwriting and performance. Across ten songs she at times rouses deep and ragged emotion and at others extols the virtues of living life with a free spirit and open heart. Infectious melodies and deft lyricism taking the listener on a journey that begs to be repeated as soon as it ends. Bex has one of those red wine-stained voices that is as comfortable with sweet frailty as it is with full-blooded and brassy rock 'n' roll and deep gospel/country soul. Her live shows are a journey and story in themselves.

    “I think the essence of good country music is a f***ing well written song with a well written story – one that really hits home on a real and emotional level, not just on the surface.”

    Hailing from Western Australia, Bex first left home to work on pearling boats, an experience that instilled her desire to become a musician and gave her distance, space and time to learn to sing, play guitar, and write songs. Returning to terra firma she spent time in bands, learning the dynamics of working with other musicians and the trials and tribulations of finding one’s place in the music industry. 

    Since 2010 Bex has released three EPs of increasingly accomplished Americana music and received the West Australian Music Awards’ “Best Country Music Act” five consecutive times. That recognition in her home state quickly spread nationally with the release of Solitude and it’s accompanying singles Middle Of Nowhere, Cola & Wine, Wrap Me In A Fever (West Australian Music (WAM) 2015 Country Song of The Year).

    Though Ruby Boots is essentially Bex Chilcott’s project, she’s always open to collaboration and musical cross-pollination – with an ear to finding the best possible arrangements and players for her songs. As a result, Solitude features The Waifs’ Vicki Thorn co-writing and singing 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 (The Sleepy Jackson, Eskimo Joe) on guitar and lap steel throughout the album. Her live shows range from solo, through various combinations of a duo to a full kick arse band – each bringing different interpretations to her songs.

    “The model of getting on the road and getting in front of people is what I’ve always believed in. It doesn’t have to happen at one or two festivals for me every year. It has to happen every weekend of every month.”

    Commitment and sacrifice are two key requirements for getting one’s music to the widest possible audience and Bex has left no stone unturned. She’s toured constantly over the last two and a half years, played an important role in building the Australian alt-country scene and is now making fearless in-roads into the daunting country music industry in America.

    “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 realise how lucky you are – though I believe you have to create your own luck.”

    “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 ****

    “Chilcott’s voice portrays her zealous 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 Album of the Week

    Top 25 Albums in 2015 – The Music
    Top 10 Albums in 2015 – Timber and Steel
    Favourite Americana Albums of 2015 - Post To Wire
    Top 10 Albums – Chris Lambie, Rhythms Magazine

    Tour Supports:  
    Kris Kristofferson (USA), 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, Adalita, Dyson/Stringer/Cloher, Bill Chambers, Jordie Lane and more.

    Out On The Weekend, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Big Day Out (WA), Laneway (WA), West Coast Blues & Roots, Nannup Music, Wave Rock Weekender, Queenscliff Music, Moomba, Riverboats Music Festival, Illawarra Folk and Festival of the Sun.

  • Little Bandit

    Little Bandit


    We're moved by the gospel of heartache.

  • Stephie James

    Stephie James


Ruby Boots, Little Bandit, Stephie James

Fri May 18 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement Nashville TN
Ruby Boots, Little Bandit, Stephie James
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$9 ADV/ $12 DOS Ages 21+