Elles Bailey photo credit Rob Blackham

ELLES Plugs The Pockethole

Multiple award-winning song-lady chantress/songwriter ELLES BAILEY whose compositions we have described as “breathtakingly intimate” and whose performances we have described as: “packed with vital emotion…” picked up a further two accolades at the prestigious UK Americana 2023 Awards last week (the coveted Artist of the Year Award and the very first Live Act of the Year Award,) and rthe Bristol lass has been shortlisted for a further 3 trophies at the forthcoming UK Blues Awards 2023   yet despite all this praise, the tireless ‘n’ consistently inventive genre-defying artist is forging forward to create new music for 2023.

On March 17, Elles will release ‘Hole in my Pocket,’ the lead single from the Deluxe edition of her number-one album ‘Shining In The Half Light’ that we awarded 5* this time last year>>>

Filled with Motown style grooves, marinated guitar riffs, and vocals that arrive with a gospel tinge, this single is a perfect example of how Ms. Bailey overcomes the artificial barriers between blues, roots rock, and Americana, to sweep the hurdles away with a voice of bucksaw shavings & broken glass….

a song that builds tension all the way up to its explosive conclusion! Maintaining and fortifying!

Raw Ramp Music Magazine

The deluxe version features top-notch musicianship; the percussion is precise and faultless, the guitar is vibrant and elemental, and the organ is passionate and nourishing. Hole in my Pocket is a song that builds tension all the way up to an explosive conclusion! Maintaining and fortifying!

The number, which was co-written with  Matt Owens, a co-founder of indie band Noah and the Whale features Elles’ touring band, with Joe Wilkins plays the guitar, Jonny Henderson plays keys, and Matthew Waer plays bass, with Matthew Jones is  on drums. The video (shared below) was filmed by Kris Barras!

Hole in My Pocket Elles Bailey

“What a year, what a story, what an epic journey!” says Elles, “I got the whole cast together to record five of the tracks [from Shining In The Half Light]  live at The Pool. It has been the one and only time we have been able to get the Shining in the Half Light crew all together in one room: a very special moment indeed, particularly in light of the experiences of the last few years. But it felt like it wasn’t enough; that we still had more of the story to tell”.

 “ I headed back to Devon in December 2022 — to Middle Farm Studios – exactly two years to date [after] the original recording —and we tracked two new originals and two covers. These we recorded and mixed live to tape with no computers at all: a complete first for me and part of a beautiful learning curve.”

 “I think these tracks showcase this incredible band at their finest. It was a real blessing to make these tracks all together. It wasn’t about creating a ‘perfect’ recording, but about capturing a little spark of musical magic. I can’t wait for you to hear them…”

Shining In The Half Light – Deluxe will be released and available on all digital platforms and on CD on 17th March, 2023

Photo Credit: Rob Blackham

Grab the single here: https://earache.lnk.to/HoleinMyPocket

MARCH 2023

3rd – The Globe, Cardiff
4th – The Phoenix, Exeter
9th – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
10th – The Social, Hull
11th – The Firestation, Sunderland
14th – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
15th – The Crescent Arts Centre, York
16th – The Caves, Edinburgh
17th – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (co-headline with Chantel McGregor)
21st – Komedia, Brighton
22nd – Junction 2, Cambridge
23rd – 1865, Southampton

APRIL 2023

1st – Lafayette, London
14th – Arlington Arts, Newbury
15th – Trinity Centre, Bristol

MAY 2023

18th – Rescue Room, Nottingham
19th – Sheffield, Corporation

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