10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: December 2017

From a Dwight Yoakam protégé to an Australian singer-songwriter proficient in outlaw twang-rock

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Ruby Boots
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Ruby Boots

Sounds Like: Soulful outlaw twang-rock with an Australian accent

For Fans of: Grace Potter, Nikki Lane, Margo Price

Why You Should Pay Attention: Some of the best Americana music being played these days comes, surprisingly, from outside America. Case in point: Nashville-by-way-of-Australia songwriter Bex Chilcott, who writes and performs under the name Ruby Boots. Chilcott earned a devoted following in her native Australia before moving to Nashville and signing with Chicago's Bloodshot Records, a deal that precipitated her forthcoming album Don't Talk About It. A pal of Nikki Lane's, Chilcott is a welcome addition to the city's thriving roots scene, bringing a fresh perspective, plenty of soul and a healthy dose of Down Under swagger.

She Says: "Sonically, I was missing a rockier, grungier feeling to my live show, so I set out to straddle the two worlds of rock & roll and Americana. Lyrically, I wanted the album to have a sense of defiance and fierceness whilst still showing that it can be achieved through vulnerability. I had to learn that being exposed and fragile at times can be just as powerful as being fierce and strong and that they, in fact, go hand in hand. It's okay to feel something deep down to your core and express that in its raw form, or to fall apart when everything around you is falling apart, rather than trying to hold your shit together."

Hear for Yourself: "It's So Cruel" is pure rock attitude, with big, crunchy power chords lending a gritty backdrop to Chilcott's wail. B.M.

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