Ruby Boots (AKA Bex Chilcott) is about to make her Adelaide debut at the Wheatsheaf Hotel as a part of her Australian and Asian tour in March.
Fresh off the back of a recent tour to promote her debut album Solitude, her current ‘I Miss You Already’ tour will see Bex travel across Australia, through to Borneo, and back to Australia again.
Speaking to us from Sydney, where she was spending a week before hitting the road again, the alt-country singer songwriter says she’s also looking forward to playing the upcoming Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria.
“I haven’t played Port Fairy Festival before, but I have been. In 2013, The Stray Sisters (two girls from The Waifs) were doing a tour and I did a little guest spot with them doing a song I wrote with Vikki. I got up and sang that with them and it was beautiful. I really like that festival,” Bex says.
“I like that there are so many people flocking to a beautiful folksy festival. I don’t think there’s anything else like it in Australia. I know there’s Blues Fest, but Port Fairy is a very different thing. It’s very unique. It has a relaxed vibe, but it has a shit tonne of people there! For me, being at big festivals can be a bit testing. I really like little boutique festivals, but I feel really comfortable at Port Fairy so I’m really looking forward to getting back to perform there.”
Luckily, when she comes to Adelaide, Ruby Boots will be headlining a far more intimate gig at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, where she will be supported by an Adelaide favourite.
“Oh my God, I’m so excited!” she enthuses, genuinely. “I’ve never been to Adelaide to play a gig! Please tell everyone, I want to meet them! My friend Hana Brenecki is opening for me and she reached out a while ago and we’ve been trying to tee up an Adelaide show. I’m so glad it’s happening.
“I’ve been to McLaren Vale to play with The Stray Sisters, but I’ve never been to Adelaide. We’ve got a couple of days free before the show so I’ve decided to come to Adelaide early, rather than stay in Melbourne. I’m really looking forward to a spending a few days in Adelaide checking it out. I hope everyone’s not too tired from festival season.”
After a hectic few years of touring, Bex has been looking forward to the Asia leg of the tour for a little rest and recreation to recharge the batteries before launching back into it.
“The beauty of this tour is that it’s a little more spread out because I’m touring from January through to the end of March. So there are small pockets of days where we can check things out. In Asia, we’ve got a few days off, so we’re going adventure caving, and will probably eat ourselves silly and probably sneak in a couple of massages, just to be safe,” she laughs.
“I’m really looking forward to that. It’ll be really good to switch off for a bit. It’ll be a nice change. It’s going to be incredible.”
It’ll be a well-earned rest for the award winning singer whose debut album, Solitude, was released last year to a very positive reception and some great reviews, which Bex attributes to the creative space she was able to write in.
“I think opening myself up to working with people throughout the process was a big learning curve for me, and although I’m quite honest in my lyrical approach, sometimes there are songs that take working with someone else to be able to broach a deeper part of that. It’s not that I was too scared, but sometimes you have your own walls up with yourself and I think that’s the beauty of working with someone else,” she says.
“They can subtly, if it’s the right connection like it was with me and Vikki [Thorn from The Waifs], they can bring down those walls and create this beautiful place to write in together and you kind of come to this place where you feel comfortable without even realising you’re facing a lot of the issues or subjects you want to write about, but you’ve had trouble writing about them on your own; or not writing about, but completing. Sometimes it’s really hard to pull something over the line to those final stages, but when you’ve got someone else counting on you in that writing session, you have to give it all up.”
“I spent a lot of time with Vikki on her farm in Utah and the writing I did with her made up about a third of the songs on the record. That was a new process for me and it was a really beautiful process. I’m hoping to expand and explore that for the second record.”
But you don’t have to wait until the second record to hear Ruby Boots, because you can catch her on March 17 at The Wheatsheaf; tickets through OxTix.
By Libby Parker
Feature photo from http://www.rubybootsmusic.com