Elles Bailey announces her debut album ‘Wildfire’ and shares new single video ‘Same Flame’

Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.

Elles’s trademark husky, lived-in voice may sound like this young songstress keeps up a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious childhood illness. At the tender age of three, Elles contracted both viral and bacterial pneumonia. Ever-resilient, Elles recovered, but her voice had changed completely.  An ENT visit revealed no permanent damage, but as the specialist prophetically observed, “If she ever wants to sing, she’ll be a natural blues vocalist!”

Now, the miracle girl with the made-for-the-blues voice is about to release her debut album, ‘Wildfire’, on 1st September, 2017.

The opportunity to record ‘Wildfire’ arrived sooner than expected when a planned family road trip across the Southern States of the USA saw fate step in once more. “We’d arranged to cut a demo in Nashville along the route,” explains Elles, “You know, ‘when in Rome’ and all that? But what was meant to be just one solitary track took on a life of its own. Before I knew it, boom, we had a whole album!”

In Nashville, Elles drew together an amazing pool of musical and production talent and expertise, who were so taken with her that they went the extra mile (and then some), giving her not just the chance to create a demo, but to lay down an entire album!

“It was always my plan to release my debut album in 2017,” says Elles, “It had been a long time coming, but I could never have imagined getting the opportunity to make it in Nashville, at a studio like Blackbird Studios, where so many iconic albums have been made! I’m very excited about sharing this record with the world!”

Produced by Brad Nowell ‘Wildfire’ assembled a host of Nashville’s finest, including Grammy Award winner and two-time CMA ‘Musician of the Year’ Brent Mason on guitar, three-time ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ Bobby Wood on piano, joined by Chris Leuzinger (Garth Brooks) on guitar, Mike Brignardello (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amy Grant) on bass, Wes Little (Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge) on drums, and even legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board to help add some extra sparkle. Blended together back in the UK with the likes of Jonny Henderson (Robyn Ford, Matt Schofield) on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar, the result is a unique trans-Atlantic coming together of styles.

The single ‘Wildfire’ has already secured spot plays/sessions with Radio 2 and BBC London, Bob Harris and BBC Introducing and play listed on Planet Rock.

Having played extensively throughout Europe, and supported UK soulstress Jo Harman on her UK tour, Elles’ insatiable desire for live performance continues apace across the Summer of 2017, encompassing a series of headline shows and festival dates alike.

ALBUM PRE-ORDER LINK –http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/elles-bailey-wildfire

Tour Dates

June 
24th June             Buckle and Boots Country Festival, Manchester

July
8th July                Saddleback Blues Festival (main stage)
9th July                Richmond Music Festival
15th July              Rhythmtree Festival (main stage)
22nd July             Upton Blues Festival (main stage)
29th July              Café Rene Rhythm and Blues Festival 2017, Gloucester
12th August        Lakefest, Eastnor, Ledbury,
18th Aug              Old Bush Blues Festival, Callow End, Worcestershire
27th August        Great British Rhythm and Blues festival (main stage), Lancashire
29th August –       Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham (Special guest support for Lucky Peterson)

WEBSITE: www.ellesbailey.com
FACEBOOK:/www.facebook.com/ellesbailey
TWITTER: twitter.com/EllesBailey

MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM – There Must Be A Way (single)

Mike Peters & the Alarm are back with a new single, ‘There Must Be A Way’ (out on May 12th), from their upcoming album ‘Blood Red’, which is release on May 5th. The song is a typical uplifting tune from Mike Peters featuring a strong chorus and piano taking the lead role, as opposed to the usual guitar. The other song on here (or B-side in old money!) is a seven minute epic ‘The Scriptures’. Quite a departure here as it starts off with that classic Alarm guitar riff but before the end of the song it has gone a bit country with a bit of a banjo solo. Again a strong lyrical message and both songs bode well for the upcoming album ‘Blood Red’.

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Look out for Mike Peters on TV as he has his documentary ‘Man In A Camo Jacket’ which airs on the BBC in early May.

Album review: JIM LAUDERDALE – London Southern

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Proper Records [Release date 03.02.17]

Jim Lauderdale recently won a lifetime achievement award from the US Amerciana Honors & Awards and is widely respected amongst his contemporaries. He has written songs with George Strait, Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller and John Oates (who returns the favour co-writing and singing backing vocals on a couple of songs on this album). The album was recorded in Balham, London – hence the album title – and features Nick Lowe’s band, along with producer Neil Brockbank.

Don’t be fooled by opener ‘’Sweet Time’, a traditional country and western song, as the rest of the album is a musical potpourri taking in blues, soul, Americana and even a little gospel on ‘What Have You Got To Lose’, which features the McCrary Sisters. There is a reflective air on many of the songs, from the heartfelt ‘We’ve Only Got So Much Time Here’ and ‘I Love You More’. Nice bit of rock ‘n’ roll guitar on ‘No Right Way To Be Wrong’. Indeed the musicianship is top notch throughout the album and coupled with Jim Lauderdale’s vocals, makes for a very satisfying and enjoyable album. It is easy to see why on the strength of this album alone, why he is held in such high regard by fellow musicians and fans alike. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

BAD COMPANY – Stories Told & Untold

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Originally released back in 1996 this album for me is one of the band’s best and most underrated. It features original members guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke, along with vocalist Robert Hart, former Foreigner bassist Rick Wills and guitarist Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell.

The album features seven apiece of reworked Bad Company songs and new songs, including one written by country star Vince Gill, which gives a clue to the country sound on a lot of the songs.

Highlights include ‘Downpour In Cairo‘, which features .38 Special’s Max Carl on backing vocls, and a wonderful version of ‘Oh Atlanta‘, with Alison Krauss guesting on fiddle and backing vocals.

Robert Hart suits the songs down the ground, and although the album is not a hard rocking affair, it is well worth a listen.

 

Singles round-up TA+, THE RISING, KANSAS

There are lots of new singles and videos coming out all the time and I thought I’d choose a few recent ones I think worthy of your time…

Time Arnold has taken a real musical swerve on this new single, relaunching as TA+ This song is a catchy one and has Kevin Godley of 10CC fame on a visual advisory capacity. Love the song and intrigued to see where the musical muse takes TA+ next.

Country pop rockers the Rising are back with a song of their second album due later this year. They have added Chantelle McAteer on vocals and she has a voice made for radio/online airplay. Great song and I can easily see this reaching the upper echelons of the charts.

Kansas are back after a lengthy break studio album wise with their new album, ‘The Prelude Impilict‘ due on 23 Sep via Inside Out Music. The first song has the band’s classic sound, something I was slightly worried may have gone given the main songwriters Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren are no longer involved. Vocalist Ronnie Platt is a more than capable replacement for the retired Steve Walsh. Really looking forward to hearing the full album.