The multi-award-winning, blues, roots and Americana artist Elles Beily has announced her new album Ain’t Nothing But.
And to celebrate the announcement she has also debuted her first single and video from the record Crowded Table. Crowded Table is out today.
The 16-track covers album Ain’t Nothing But is due for release on 11 December and was recorded live as part of Elles Bailey’s livestream series in the summer. The album draws together two of her three livestream shows, Ain’t Nothing But The Lyrics and Ain’t Nothing But The Blues. The album features performances from Joe Wilkins, Phil King and Joe James.
Speaking about the album and coming up with something new during lockdown, Elles Bailey explained, “The chance to release new music at this time is such an honour.
“March 2020 – they dulled down the splendour, silenced the show, turned off the lights, locked the doors & the live music industry was plunged into the half-light.
“Artists & musicians flooded the virtual stage in a desperate way to still spread a little love, a little hope, & connect with our fans. Early lockdown festivals paved the way for three months of home streaming of varying quality but by mid-June, I believe, the audience & the artists were craving something different.
“The Midsummer Sun was beating down and I was invited to White Noise Studios: a rehearsal space turned top-spec streaming studio and I knew that until we could safely get back to the stage — this was the way forward: a chance to still connect, to spread joy & laughter but with the best quality audio & the clearest of pictures.
“That’s when my series ‘Ain’t Nothing But’ was born. Three completely unique shows. One, where we paid tribute to the writers & songs that have become entangled in my soul over the years. One, ‘Elles Bailey’ request show, where we almost got the whole band back together & where you, my amazing fans, curated the setlist. Plus, one final show, where we took you through the history of the ever-changing sound of the blues, paying homage to its roots & tribute to the trailblazers.
“This album is a snapshot of the ‘Lyrics’ & ‘Blues’ shows: the ‘Best of’, we could call it. It is totally unedited, completely stripped back & bare to the bone.”
image of Elles Bailey courtesy Alan Dunkley