From down under to Nashville, Ruby Boots has had success after musical success. She has by no means had her fame handed to her on a plate however. Honing her craft on pearling boats she worked on from a young age, Ruby’s style is all her own. After her first self-title EP release in 2011, the full-length Solitude album hit the shelves in 2014. With a three year gap between the previous two releases, fans of Ruby can hopefully expect more from the Aussie queen of country some time soon.
With tracks that range from the soulful “Middle Of Nowhere” to the more upbeat “Lovin’ In The Fall“, Ruby Boots has clearly given her all to this album which has been so long in the making. The album hosts a plethora of different instruments from lap steels to what sounds suspiciously like a Hammond organ, in addition to at least one guest singer, letting us know in no uncertain terms that she is clearly not afraid to pool her not-inconsiderable talents with others in the pursuit of her musical passion, as well as break the tropes of the genre to achieve the sound she wants. With raw sounding vocals kissed by a vintage sound reminiscent of Maren Morris, this album does not scream “pop country”, although it is undoubtedly popular. Instead what you get is a very pleasing “good ole days” vibe which places this album into that sweet spot of music where something for everyone can be found.
While lacking the raw vocal power of Carrie Underwood or the futuristic-sounding guitar tones of Miranda Lambert, Ruby Boots has most definitely carved out a comfortable niche for herself, taking her place in a long line of gifted female female country artists and showing no signs of shifting. Take “Wrap Me In A Fever” for example. Take a listen… Feel your foot tapping? Did you realise you were doing it? No, I didn’t either! Ruby Boots doesn’t use flashy guitar licks or the money-is-no-object production that makes other artists’ records so memorable. What she uses is pure vocal acumen to draw you into her world, and fold you into the smokey embrace of a wild west bar room that makes you forget the slightly distorted vocals you’re hearing came from the lips of an Australian boat-worker rather than a travel-weary cowgirl. The title track of the album says “Solitude is a good friend to me”, and that is a message which resonates throughout the rest of the album.
Hopefully Ruby Boots doesn’t enjoy her alone time too much though, since I suspect she’ll have her work cut out for her as as she continues to gather awards and recognition for what is most definitely an album to be proud of.
Check out her website over at www.rubybootsmusic.com
Purchase the album on https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/solitude/id976501390