Ruby Boots

The Wayfarer Presents

Ruby Boots

Robert Jon & the Wreck, Moonsville Collective

Fri, April 26, 2019

8:00 pm

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Ruby Boots
Ruby Boots
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.

Don't Talk About It charts this 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. 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 the girl-group-wall-of-sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poet's eye recalling Hope Sandoval.

On her Bloodshot Records debut, 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 album's 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 "It's So Cruel," strutting through the door with dual 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 "I'll Make It Through," building towards a crescendoing, persevering, bright chorus. (Lane also sings background vocals on the album's title track.) 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 / I'm the hand to hold onto / When it's 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 women's 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 turn -- it 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."

Don't Talk About It smoulders with a fighting spirit and pulls influence and experience -- both musically, emotionally, and beyond -- from many pins in the map, but is 10 songs harbored in the singularity that is Ruby Boots.

The album has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Noisey, Wide Open Country, Chicago Reader, No Depression, and more.

Since the release of Don't Talk About It, Ruby Boots has performed at Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion, Stagecoach Festival, Bonnaroo, and The Long Road Festival in the UK, as well as toured with Langhorne Slim, Nikki Lane, Nicole Atkins, Ben Miller Band, and Low Cut Connie.
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Robert Jon & The Wreck is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Based out of Orange County, CA, this quintet is dedicated, driven, and committed to giving their fans one hell of a Rock and Roll show - night after night, and town after town. In just the last 4 years they’ve pumped out 2 full-length albums, 2 EPs and a cassette tape, as well as played hundreds of shows across the world, including 31 states in the US and 9 countries across mainland Europe. With a new full-length, self-titled record releasing in the next couple months, this team of follicular proficient troubadours isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Moonsville Collective
Moonsville Collective
Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Old Time, Folk, Country and Rhythm and Blues. The band formed in August of 2011 in Costa Mesa, California and hit the ground running, having played some 250 shows throughout California, Nevada and Utah in the two years following. Their heavy schedule allowed for them to quickly refine their craft and soldify their family mentality, which has been essential to the success of the group.

They are often related to, and spoken of carrying the sensibilities of folk legends Levon Helm (of The Band) and Bob Dylan, the high energy of Old Crow Medicine Show, and clever lyrics like those of Hank Williams and Huddy "Ledbelly" Ledbetter. This sextet is made up of multi-instrumentalists where behind three part vocal harmonies is a mix of dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, 5 string banjo, resonator guitar, fiddle, mouth harp, kazoo, and a tight rhythm section of upright bass and loose drums about the stage.

OC Weekly Voted "Best Live Band of 2012″
Orange County Music Awards "Best Americana Group" 2013
CBS Los Angeles "Best Bluegrass/Americana Group in Orange County"

"The musicians in Moonsville Collective know their songs are always coming up through the landscape–the tradition. They negotiate their way through the ghosts of American history. That struggle we all feel fighting against the isolation of the rootlessness in an age of anxiety…You get to hear and see a music that emerges out of a group of artists who live and pick and sing and think and drink and eat and pray and swear together." - Matt Shedd, No Depression
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com