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Ruby and her Gretsch Electromatic

Known for her distinctive sound that expertly blends the old with the new to create an irresistible combination of folk-rock and blues with a vintage Americana twist, Brisbane’s sonic enchantress Ruby Gilbert is releasing her heart-aching single ‘No Vacancy’ (out April 23).

Since the release of her debut EP ‘Dearly Beloved’ in 2018, the Gretsch electric and Cole Clark acoustic-loving Ruby Gilbert has been turning heads with her musical prowess. She has received a Queensland Music Award nomination for her debut single ‘Oh Bones’, has played multiple prominent festivals around Australia including BIGSOUND and has opened for the likes of C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and The Teskey Brothers.

Now, with the release of the new single ‘No Vacancy’ – already earning her another Queensland Music Award nomination – Gilbert showcases her ability to meld genres and create unique sonic experiences that highlight her compelling storytelling.

Accompanying Gilbert on her travels, ‘No Vacancy’ moves fluidly on its journey picking up layers of instrumentation as the emotional turmoil builds along the way. Opening with acoustic guitar as Gilbert’s spellbinding vocals power the song forward, each pit stop delivers an additional layer of surging sounds, including a soaring trumpet, chilling electric slide guitar riffs and stomping drums.

Gilbert’s sultry vocals are the driving force of the song, her crystal clear tone dripping with an aching passion that simultaneously yearns for romance whilst drowning in hopelessness. This is echoed in the lyrics written while Gilbert was on tour, travelling from one hotel room to the next. Gilbert explains:
“’No Vacancy’ is about the early stages of a romance and the inevitability of it coming to an end. I wrote the song in 2018 and was on tour at the time, and had been spending a lot of time in hotel rooms, which I felt fit the theme of the song.”

‘No Vacancy’ is out everywhere on April 23 and she’ll be playing an intimate show to launch the track on April 29 at Brisbane’s Can You Keep A Secret?

‘No Vacancy’ Single Launch

April 29 – Can You Keep A Secret?, Brisbane | Tickets (SELLING FAST)

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