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Elles Bailey - Road I Call Home (Outlaw Music)

Star rating: 
4

The young Bristol-based singer songwriter Elles Bailey effortlessly straddles the lines between country and blues with her second album release, the follow-up to her 2017 debut WILDFIRE. Recorded in both Nashville and Wales, the album sees the husky voiced singer on good form with eleven songs written over a two month period, each one treated to a fine arrangement, backed by some of Nashville's elite. Collaborating with Roger Cook, Bobby Wood and on Little Piece of Heaven Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), the singer is in good company. 

Whilst the bluesy Medicine Man, the first single release from the album, demonstrates Bailey's gritty earthiness, the concluding gospel tinged Light in the Distance clearly demonstrates her soulful bones. Produced by Brad Nowell and Steve Blackmon ROAD I CALL HOME alludes to a life virtually lived on the road and with a five bar gate of over 200 gigs already achieved, the album with no doubt serve the singer well over the next 200. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky