Genre-defying British singer/songwriter Elles Bailey returns with arguably her best material to date in the shape of her new album Road I Call Home.
Having performed almost 100 shows across the globe last year, it goes without saying that Elles Bailey is one of the hardest working DIY solo artists on the UK scene right now.
For Bailey’s latest record she worked with high calibre collaborators including Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and the end result is astounding.
Not wanting to be pigeonholed into one particular musical style or genre, Elles Bailey walks the fine line between soulful blues and country, and this record is the perfect representation of her vast musical pallet.
The record kicks off on the country tip with the brooding “Hell Or High Water” and the hard rocking “Wild Wild West”. Each of these tracks are the perfect example of contemporary British country music at its best.
As the album progresses, Elles takes a more soulful approach to “Deeper”. With its big band sound, and prominent horn section “Deeper” is just one of the many stand out tracks featured on Road I Call Home.
On the other hand, beautiful piano/keys based ballads such as “What’s The Matter With You”, the spellbinding “Foolish Hearts” and the beautiful “Light In The Distance” have a feeling both in the quality of the songwriting and delivery to blues superstar Beth Hart.
Bailey’s recent single “Medicine Man” is an incredibly infectious, foot stomping, passionate country rocker which certainly hits the spot. Whereas, “Little Piece of Heaven” brings a bit more of a traditional country feel to the record.
However, one of the real gems of Road I Call Home is “Miss Me When I’m Gone”. With its prominent slide guitar infusion and soulful blues undertones, this masterpiece is reminiscent in places of the great Tedeschi Trucks Band.
With Road I Call Home Elles Bailey showcases the many facets of her artistry, proving that whatever sound she turns her hand to she can do it all and do it well.
Road I Call Home by Elles Bailey is out now via Outlaw Music.