Q&A Scene: Ruby Boots

Her boots were made for walkin'


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I released a couple of singles off the album earlier this year, the second one was “Wrap Me In A Fever”, it’s a song that I have been playing live for some time now, and at almost all of my shows people would tell me how much they loved it and ask me all kinds of things about it, so it just felt like it had the legs to really connect. It was the listeners’ choice in a sense to have that as a single.

The album is out April 24 through Lost Highway Records and I’ll be touring it with a full band in May, pairing up with one of my favourite Australian bands “Raised By Eagles”, in the major cities on the east coast, who will be launching their album also which is fabulous!

From your album, which song resonates most strongly and why? ­ 

I think the song “No Stranger” is the one that I resonate with most from the collection of songs on the record, it’s basically a daily rollercoaster in my head. Sometimes I feel like I’ve got it all together and I can take on the whole world and then next minute I’m in deep water up to my neck flailing around … I think for the most part, a lot of us feel that way! It’s all stripped back and raw like, I love anything that’s raw and real!

Any on the road anecdotes? ​

Most of my touring so far has been done with my guitarist in duo format and as far away from the rock n roll lifestyle as this could be, it’s how we roll! We are in the pool swimming laps, like the water warriors we are almost every day, it’s our ritual … nerdy as hell I know, but proud to wear the nerd badge, it keeps us sane on the road, and lord knows it’s just as easy to go the other way.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

From people mainly, and things that break down in my life either directly or just within my vicinity, life is so complicated, beautiful but bloody complicated, well from my experience anyway. There is so much to write about! I draw a lot of inspiration from listening to my musical heroes too, they are a well!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

A violet crumble with a whiskey neat! Crunchy and boozy and can start off a lil sweet but ends up all tangy and tangled up!

What’s next for you?

​A week of sleep will be on the cards after this album tour is done, then I have some sweet festivals coming up starting in August and a trip to America for my first US tour in the fall.

What’s your scene? ​

Cowboys! and music of course.


About Ruby Boots

Flame-haired Ruby Boots’ music is bold and unafraid. It 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.

Ruby Boots, aka Bex Chilcott, is hailed as Australia’s sparky, truth-soaked alt-country troubadour.

2014 and 2015 have seen Chilcott blossom. Show after show she has received accolades, nabbing coveted support spots with Shaky Graves / Shovels & Rope and Tony Joe White this March. 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.


Tour Info

Ruby Boots‘ debut album ‘Solitude‘ is out 24 April 2015

Album Tour Dates, with Raised By Eagles

Fri 15 May | Rosemount Hotel, Perth (Tickets)

Sat 16 May | Maker and Co, Bunbury WA

Sun 17 May | Clacy’s, Dunsborough WA

Thu 21 May | Newtown Social Club, Sydney (Tickets)

Fri 22 May | Howler, Melbourne (Tickets)

Sat 23 May | Major Toms, Kyneton VIC

Sun 24 May | Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC

Sat 29 May | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (Tickets)

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.