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Don't Talk About It

Deluxe LP is limited edition transparent orange/gold vinyl; LP includes digital download

Bloodshot debut album! Featuring studio wizards The Texas Gentlemen as the session band and vocals by Nikki Lane


Informed as much by the wide-open landscapes of her homeland as the intimate writing circles of Nashville, 'Don't Talk About It' 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.

Full Description

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.

Short Description
  • Rock, soul, doo-wop, psychedelia and country, with nods to Elton John and the Rolling Stones, It’s So Cruel is all over the map and never makes a wrong move.

    — Argus Leader
  • A masterful album.

    — The Bluegrass Situation
  • Sounds like something Marc Bolan would have recorded had he grown up in the South.

    — Westword
  • DON’T TALK ABOUT IT is an album that is, in many ways, timeless. It twists, turns and contorts it’s way through Rock, New Wave, Country, Folk and Pop without pledging it’s allegiance to any of those genres. Quite miraculous, really.

    — AMPED
  • Boots is of the opinion that the Old West’s lyrical tropes — heartbreak, longing, not-needing-no-man — sound better riding weapons-grade guitar fuzz and muscular drums than tired honky-tonk.

    — Pandora
  • The greatest achievement of Don’t Talk About It is the way Chilcott’s songwriting has become fully realised. It has always been remarkably honest and bursting with hooks and melody but here she’s imbued it with the right balance of sass, wit, sensuality and melancholy.

    — Post to Wire
  • She's written a set of kickass songs revealing that she's as tough as most of us wish we were.

    — No Depression
  • Mind the sparks that will no doubt pop from your speakers like little fireworks when you hear opening track “It’s So Cruel”... It is an electrifying introduction to an artist that will knock your socks off with her smart, unpretentious rock and roll.

    — Glide Magazine
  • Too rocking to be straight country, it's all outlaw in spirit, a swaggering summation of the different sides that make up Ruby Boots, equal parts tough and vulnerable.

    — Rolling Stone
  • The 10-song album – a mix of Americana, roots music, and even touches of punk rock and doo-wop – feels right at home half a world away from where its singer got her start.

    — Rolling Stone
  • Buried beneath the Nikki Lane meets early Yeah Yeah Yeahs vibe that permeates the record, Chilcott has laid out a ten-track reclamation of's a sound that honestly hits the nail on the head in terms of what modern country and Americana audiences are searching for in today’s releases.

    — Noisey
  • A genre-busting delight...comes across as a compelling mix of Dixie Chicks and Deborah Harry.  [She is] sultry and sassy, fierce and feisty...The album is swaggeringly assured, it oozes confidence and class.

    — Stack (Australia)
  • The album ranges from tender and vulnerable to fierce and unapologetically assertive, deserving of every accolade it is sure to receive. To be listened to often and repeatedly.

    — (Australia)
  • A stellar mix of crunchy power pop chords, ’60s girl group bops, ’70s southern rock and country soul.

    — Wide Open Country
  • The record brims with tales of ill-fated relationships—however brief—and with the inner conflict between restlessness, independence, and the yearning for love and trust that faces many women who have an easier time moving on than settling down.

    — Chicago Reader
  • “Don’t Talk About It” starts off as an easy, breezy country song about leaving things unsaid but eventually builds up a wall of sound that might fit right in on Dusty in Memphis. Still, you can’t really pigeonhole her since the single, “It’s So Cruel,” kinda sounds like T. Rex. She’s from Australia so who knows …everything’s upside down there.

    — Glorious Noise
  • Draw[s] on indie rock, heavy riffin' boogie rock, pop elements and cosmic Americana---all the while heavily lacing it with her trademark infectious way with melody and heartfelt lyrics.

    — Rhythms (Australia)
  • Soulful outlaw twang-rock with an Australian accent.

    — Rolling Stone
  • A dose of hard-edged country rock, but [with] an airy, dreamy vibe that should appeal to fans of Mazzy Star or Cowboy Junkies.

    — Brooklyn Vegan
  • Her new songs are stronger, tighter, more incisive, and downright kick-ass.

    — No Depression

Track List

  1. It's So Cruel
  2. Believe in Heaven
  3. Don't Talk About It
  4. Easy Way Out
  5. Break My Heart Twice
  6. I'll Make It Through
  7. Somebody Else
  8. I Am a Woman
  9. Infatuation
  10. Don't Give a Damn


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