BLUES & ROOTS IN THE CITY
Elles Bailey + Tamara Stewart
Entry Requirements: 18+
Old Favourite Elles Bailey brings her 'Road I Call Home Tour' back to The Bassment, Chelmsford - Tickets in advance are £8 or £10 on the door if we have any left that is.
Rising star Elles Bailey continues her onwards and upwards ascent of the mountain of country rock heading for the high ground and peak, and is announcing 'The Road I Call Home Tour' that will hit the road itself this Autumn 2018.
Prior to this, Elles will be playing festivals, HRH Crows and The Carlisle Blues Festivals, in September, but is looking forward to undertaking her own headline tour thereafter.
‘The Road I Call Home Tour’ is my biggest headline tour to date,” says Elles herself, “and I am so excited to play some brand new cities, some old favourite places and share this new album I’ve been working so hard on.”
Elles’ new material follows on from her successful and critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Wildfire’. Maverick Magazine awarded ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and predicted that “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights (Taylor) Swift did” With her new material, Elles proves that she can successfully continue that climb.
Live venues and performance are important to Elles Bailey, crowned “The Blues Princess” by Blues in Britain. She’s brought her genre-crossing music to fans in her own headline tours before, and also played festivals and toured with other artists, like Jo Harman, Wille & The Bandits, and Eric Gales. She’s also, this year, been promoting the work of small, independent music venues, like Little Rabbit Barn, for whom Elles recorded a special set of downloadable tracks to support them.
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Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. Her music draws on these roots and Ingredients, blending and transcending them, with each song given a unique flavour and texture by Elles’ unique, super-smoky, utterly unforgettable voice. Bluesdoodles dubbed her “The Voice of the Blues”, whilst Music News observed that “A childhood illness gave her a remarkable tool and she uses it to its very best effect. One of the best things I've heard."
For more information on Elles, check out www.ellesbailey.com.
Special guest Tamara Stewart Nashville based Australian Award winning Singer/Songwriter Tamara Stewart has long been regarded one of Australia’s finest exports. With multiple #1’s to her name in her own releases, Tamara is also the pen behind many of her peer’s musical successes, enjoying multiple chart-topping hits and album cuts on some of Australian Country Music’s most successful artists. Touring her homeland and headlining festivals for well over 10 years, Tamara has also performed throughout the UK. However, these days, Tamara is a regular on stages in Nashville such as the infamous Bluebird Café, as well as various Songwriting Festivals across the USA. Tamara uses her powerful vocals and emotional writing style on her newest album project The Truth The Music and Me to share the deepest most personal body of work to date. Being released as a three-part series, The Truth The Music and Me-Part 1: RUIN speaks of the initial stage of transformation but as the album is revealed through two more stages, it moves through the process of healing and triumph, with the final offering expected in early 2019. Those who are fortunate enough to see Tamara’s show, are treated to this very real, uniquely talented woman who shares and connects in a way that only the truest artists can. A charismatic and seasoned performer, all she needs is a guitar and a microphone, armed with her own story, the audience is transported to a place of self-reflection and connection. The audience is left with little doubt as to why Tamara Stewart is now making her mark in the Nashville community and into the USA scene. The Truth The Music and Me tells a story. Song by song, part by part and listeners who go on this journey with her can rest assured, this story ends well. In fact, if early reviews and responses to this new three-part release are anything to go by, we can all be sure that the story will end very well indeed. www.tamarastewartmusic.com
8pm - 11pm £8 adv, £10 otd
Bristol based Elles Bailey (28) seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she has a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious illness when she was three. To save her, surgeons had to place a tube in her throat for seventeen days to allow her to breathe, affecting her voice giving it that 'blues feulled' quality that is getting her recognition wherever she sings.
Her two EP's, both produced by Brian Banks, (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie) 'Who I Am To Me' (Feb 2015) and 'The Elberton Sessions' (Oct 2016) were released to critical acclaim, and her debut album ‘Wildfire’ is set to drop Summer 2017.
No stranger to the scene, over the last three years, this captivating, hard-working songstress and her talented band have built up a loyal all-age fan base through relentless touring, through both the UK and Europe. She’s opened for acts like Wille & The Bandits. Jo Harman and shared festival line-ups with Lisa Simone, The Mystery Jets & Wilko Johnson.
Elles has just finished recording her debut record at Blackbird studios in Nashville, which has played hosts to artists such as Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon and Chris Stapleton to name but a few. Produced by Brad Nowell, the album features world-renowned country and blues musicians, including Grammy Award winner and a two-time winner of the CMA ‘Musician of the Year’ Brent Mason on guitar, pianist Bobby Wood ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ 3 Times Over and more. One of the tracks on the record has been co-written with Ivor Novello Award writer Roger Cook. ‘Wildfire’ the title track, penned by Elles & Joe Wilkins (Elles touring band ) is the first single from the record.
2017 looks set to be a very busy year for Elles with over 36 dates scheduled in the run up to her debut album release late spring & her festival diary is filling up very quickly. Elles featured at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness and is currently opening for soul singer Jo Harman on her ‘People We Become’ tour before heading out on her own headline tour of the UK & Europe in Spring 2017. Through summer she will embark on playing prestigious festival slots across the country including mainstage slots at Upton Blues Festival & The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne before touring again in October.
Like many artists today, Elles is breaking down the barriers of traditional genres, taking inspiration from many and fusing them together to bring you her own unique sound, which is earning her a legion of devoted fans, young and old, from across the UK and further afield.
Critical acclaim for Elles Bailey:
‘It’s safe to say that Miss Bailey is probably the best new blues prospect in the last decade and this latest set only goes to confirm that’ The Rocker
‘One to watch for 2017’ Country Music Magazine
A Great Voice’ BBC 6 Music
‘Smoky Blues that fizzles with Pop Appeal’ Songwriting Magazine
‘2016 has seen Elles and her band create major waves around the UK with their dazzling blend of rootsy blues and soul, with a recent bout of writing and recording over in Nashville and dates with Wille & The Bandits, Elles continues her rapid ascent to the top’. Slap Magazine
'Gritty, southern, smoky vocals that have a real bluesy/country feel to them' Maverick Magazine
"Elles Bailey gave it all, the complete package, energy, swagger and soul, whilst her band matched her passion and drive laying down hook after hook. Blues Princess, maybe, but with performances like this Elles will soon be taking the throne by storm"
Blues in Britain
‘This six track EP impressed me on every level. And wow, what a great voice, too’ Blues Matters