Elles Bailey finally returns to the road with a socially distanced show at The Appleyard in Sittingbourne on Nov 14th
Wild Wild West taken from the CD release Blacktop Companion.
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Blacktop Companion is a special 9-track companion disc for Elles’s successful second album Road I Call Home. It’s available for order on her website and features 3 fully-produced, previously-unheard tracks from Elles’ Road I Call Home recording sessions in Nashville; 3 live-in-the-studio alt band versions of songs from Road I Call Home; acoustic versions of Miss Me When I’m Gone and Medicine Man; & a cover of Levon Helm’s When I Go Away.
“For me,” Elles reflects, “Blacktop Companion marks the continuation of this epic Road I Call Home adventure that I have travelled for the last year or so and it tells a lot more of the story! It also highlights my incredible live band who have toured this record with me, and I am so grateful for their talents, humour and for just being wonderful human beings!’
Elles Bailey’s live band are:
Joe Wilkins – Guitar, Matthew Waer – Bass, Jonny Henderson – Organ and Matthew Jones – Drums
“Classy, Rich & Soulful” Classic Rock“Absolutely Superb” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
The 2020 UKBlues Awards took place in May.
In each of the 10 categories, 5 finalists were selected in the nomination process (which took place in February 2020).
Due to COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing restrictions, the event had to take place online, via the UKBlues Federation’s social media platforms, rather than amidst the glitz of the iconic Dingwalls venue in London, as planned, However, the virtual nature of the ceremony in no way detracts from the real prestige of the awards. The event was compèred by British Blues legend and broadcaster Paul Jones, with a cavalcade of guest presenters including ‘Whispering Bob’ Harris, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Blues royalty Walter Trout, and Larkin Poe – the reigning monarchs of Blues, Rock, and Roots music!
Elles delivered her acceptance speeches by video from home, in front of her piano, thanking everyone for the awards. Receiving the Blues Album of the Year award (presented by ‘Whispering Bob’ Harris), Elles held up a vinyl copy of Road I Call Home: an album in which she takes great pride – “that tricky second record”, as the industry puts it.
After the success of her bestselling debut album Wildfire, the ever-hardworking Elles managed to put her second album together, despite quite literally calling the road her home, keeping up a highly-active, touring schedule, along with her passionate commitment to live performance.
Elles gave sincere thanks to her band, her team, and collaborators; to journalists, broadcasters; also to her family and husband for their support. Elles also gave heartfelt thanks to the PRS Foundation and to Arts Council England for their invaluable assistance in making the album a reality.
In her acceptance speech for Blues Artist of the Year (presented by Larkin Poe), Elles paid tribute to her fellow nominees. She also thanked the UK Blues scene, who accepted and championed her as a rising artist in her early career. In 2020, with two award-winning albums to her credit (not to mention an enviable reputation for her live work), combined with continuing creativity and commitment, Elles’ genre-defying range of material and appeal has extended out into the Americana, Country and Rock scenes, as well as the Blues.
In her Blues Artist of the Year speech, Elles also made mention of her disappointment that so few of the awards’ nominees across the span of categories were women. “Now, this is not just a Blues-scene issue,” Elles explained, “It’s a wider music industry issue and I don’t know the answer. I do know that we need to have an open dialogue to discuss these issues. And it’s not something that’s going to change overnight, but it is something that we need to do to make a change.”
Elles then went on to promote an important, game-changing PRS initiative called Key Change which is actively encouraging and challenging the music industry – across the board, not just Blues – to become more diverse and inclusive. This includes working towards greater gender balance and representation: causes close to Elles Bailey’s heart.
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