Welcome to episode two of Thekla’s Isolation Discs Podcast! This week Chris is joined by the Bristol-based singer songwriter known for her rootsy blues sound which weaves together country, rock, soul and americana – Elles Bailey. As well as playing Elles’s selected isolation discs; the pair discuss her upbringing on a farm, her various trips to Nashville and how live streaming is keeping the music scene alive during lockdown. We’d also like to dedicate this episode to John Prine, who has sadly passed away since this episode was recorded. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
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2019 has been a hell of a year for the super-smoky-voiced, hard-working, far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey. On 8th March, she dropped her eagerly-anticipated second album ‘Road I Call Home’ to rave reviews, with the album charting in the Official UK Country Charts & Americana charts, gaining over 1.3 million streams since its release and reaching No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart.
Like its chart-topping predecessor,‘Road I Call Home’ 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 asDan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio power houses The Black Keys) on the infectious ‘Little Piece of Heaven’ which has been nominated as Song of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2020.
As a self-confessed ‘rolling stone’ -Elles genuinely does call ‘the road’ home. She’s continued her wide-ranging headline touring throughout the UK and Europe and was also special guest support for Grammy Award winner Mike Farris, Martin Harley, The Kris Barras Band and King King.
As well as being an international touring artist, playing sold out shows all over the world, Elles is a self confessed DIY artist and If ever there was a fine example of the Do It Yourself nature of the music business then Elles Bailey is it. From rather humble beginnings. Elles has by dint of hard work and talent smashed through and past much bigger artists and bigger industry players -not least major record labels -by taking time and effort to really understand the brave new world that is today’s landscape, being brave, breaking rules, making a few mistakes (always part of the learning process) and just powering through obstacles and doing whatever it takes.