Americanafest 2019.

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Nov 022019
 

For the third time in my many years of doing this website ( yeah I’m old) I went down to the big Nashville gala that assembles downtown mostly in September each year that is called Americanafest. Now in 2020 the official dates will be September 15-20th, just a few days after this year’s times.

Honestly I cannot approach this festival like all of the others I write about for many reasons. I mean honestly I LOVE the music and the people here, but it doesn’t replace the people that make Kickin It On The Creek or Muddy Roots happen. It doesn’t replace that feeling of HOME, or the welcome of rolling up those beautiful roads into that community of friends.

I took in many of the panels and offerings of the first couple days there and didn’t go to any of the shows until Friday but I’m going to write about many of the shows I DID see, the first day I actually saw music was The Fourth Annual Bloodshot Records Backyard Bash.

Bloodshot Records’ 25th anniversary celebration continues as we return to the heart of hip East Nashville for the fourth annual Backyard Bash at The Groove record store during AmericanaFest! Please join us in the peaceful backyard at 1103 Calvin Avenue from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, September 13th (spooky!). As always, the party is free and open to the public. All are welcome: fans, friends, industry bigwigs, smallwigs, and no-wigs. Come one, come all. Bring the kids. Bring grandpa. Heck, bring your pet raccoon and a jar of lightning bugs.

Enjoy special performances some of our best and brightest stars…

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Banditos
Vandoliers
Jason Hawk Harris
Ruby Boots

…while you enjoy complimentary cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, as well as beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co!

Our longtime friends at Recording King will be giving away guitars (yes, actual guitars!) to some lucky fans. And our literary-minded Chicago neighbors at Field Notes will have a special gift for all attendees! More details on that soon.

The Rolling Feast truck will be on hand to keep everyone good and nourished.

We hope to see you in Music City for one of our favorite Bloodshot events of the year!

Feb 092018
 

Album Feature : Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

By Joshua Wallace

The Australian born singer Ruby Boots returns with her second release and Bloodshot label debut titled Don’t Talk About It.  This album carries a different sound from her first record, Solitude which was released in 2016.  Don’t Talk About It features more of an edgier sound with a lot of variety thanks to The Texas Gentlemen being the backing band for the entire record.  Ruby Boots has struck paydirt with this combination as she has created an album and sound that is unique and familiar at the same time.

You can hear the new sound right away in the album’s lead track and single “It’s So Cruel”.  It’s a rock fueled track that still carries as much twang as it does attitude.  That carries out through the whole album with The Texas Gentlemen providing an amazing soundscape for the record.  The title track “Don’t Talk About It” is a Nikki Lane co-write that also features her on guest vocals on one of the more twangy tracks.

A favorite of mine on the album is “Easy Way Out”.  I don’t know if the influence is intentional, but this song reminds me of something Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers might have done in their prime.  Another good rock track is “Somebody Else”.  This song has The Texas Gentlemen and Ruby Boots flexing their indie rock muscles with a bit of fuzzy guitar mixed in.

I love the A Capella track “I Am a Woman”.  It showcases Ruby’s talents without the trappings of The Texas Gentlemen.  This track also highlights the themes of social inequality that run throughout the record.  Finally, another favorite is “Infatuation” which brings back the pounding rock rhythms mixed with the twangy guitars and Ruby’s amazing voice.  It’s a great tune about how true love never comes from a one night stand.

If you were a fan of The Texas Gentlemen’s 2017 release TX Jelly, or a fan of Ruby Boots’s 2016 album Solitude, you will enjoy this record.  It’s a melding of both styles that works well.  The Texas Gentlemen shape the sound of the record and Ruby goes out of the comfort zone she found herself in on her debut record.  It creates a soundscape that will leave any listener in a fuzzy twangy haze.  I highly recommend this album for anyone looking for a new sound in the alt country genre.  Ruby Boot’s Don’t Talk About It is available everywhere from Bloodshot Records on February 9th, 2018.      

Favorite Tracks : Easy Way Out, Don’t Talk About it, Somebody Else, Infatuation

Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It (2018)

  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

 

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer

Gary Hayes County