All the way from Australia, Alt-Country/Americana singer-songwriter Ruby Boots (Bes Chilcott) played a short set Monday night in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1. Boots, whose album Solitude was released in Australia in 2015 is currently on tour in the U.S. with The Waifs and decided to take advantage of her night off and play a solo show.
Kicking things off with “Cola and Wine” she played for around forty-five minutes for an attentive and appreciative crowd of about forty (decent for a Monday night in NYC). Armed only with her acoustic guitar, her passionate vocals and a skilled guitarist by her side, Boots bantered with the crowd in between songs such as “Wrap Me in A Fever,” “Middle of Nowhere” and “Walk Away.” Only a few songs into her set it was clear that Boots has the goods, not only musically, but with a stage presence – energetic, enthusiastic and incredibly funny – big enough to fill a stadium as well.
Ruby Boots was just announced to play AmericanaFest 2016 in September in Nashville, so if you’re headed that way I cannot encourage you enough to catch her show.