They say you get a lifetime to write your first album, then the blink of an eye to make your second. Elles Bailey wins either way and now stands poised to follow her debut hit album Wildfire with Road I Call Home. What’s more, Elles has once again been nominated for the prestigious European Blues Awards Female Vocalist of the Year category, alongside Beth Hart and Layla Zoe.
Elles’ new album will be available to pre-order from Pledge Music from 23rd November 2018, to be released on 8th March 2019. The album’s first single, Medicine Man, dropped on 16th Nov 2018, charting to Number 1 in the iTunes Blues Charts, as well as being added to the Nu Blue playlist on Spotify! Medicine Man also peaked at Number 7 in the Amazon Blues Charts and Number 2 on their Hot New Releases. The single is also getting Radio 2 support from Cerys Matthews.
Check out the single here:
Back in September 2017, Wildfire broke down barriers to win rapturous praise right across the music media landscape. “Every genre,” says Bailey with a smile. “That was such a surprise. Everyone really liked it, from roots and acoustic to rock and country.” Wildfire charted at No.2 in the iTunes blues charts, reached No. 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) charts, and has now clocked up over 2.5 million streams on Spotify.
“Wildfire was written over five years,” says Elles, “Road I Call Home was written over one. It tells the story of touring Wildfire, and how much my life has changed since. I feel it delves deeper, and deals with loss, love, anger, determination and life on the road, with more than 200 gigs under my belt and many miles travelled.”
Live performance is Elles’ natural habitat and home from home, touring the last album well beyond her native UK into Europe and America, playing dates with Jo Harman, Eric Gales and headlining her own tours. She’s also risen up festival listings at events like Black Deer, Swing Westplaar and The Great British R&B Festival.
Like its chart-topping predecessor, Elles’ new album features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys) on the infectious Little Piece of Heaven.
Inevitably, Elles Bailey will be back on the road in 2019, preceded by the powerful new single Medicine Man as an enticing taster of next year’s amazing new album.
Nov 22: Bristol, The Tunnels
Nov 23: Kenn, Kenn Village Hall
Nov 24: Southampton, Blues At The Bowl
Nov 26: London, Bush Hall
Nov 27: Greater London, The Tuesday Night Music Club
Nov 29: Ledbury, Prince Of Wales
Nov 30: Wiltshire, The Sports Club
Dec 01: Hampshire, Conford Village Hall
Dec 02: Shropshire, Henry Tudor House
Dec 04: Kingskerswell, Kingskerswell Parish Church – St Marys