Monday, May 1, 2023

Gimme 5 - Elles Bailey turns the spotlight on the music and people that give her chills and thrills

She’s a multiple UK Blues Award winner, a multiple UK Americana Award winner, hit the bullseye with her 2022 album Shining In The Half-Light, recently completed a highly successful UK tour, and has her own weekly show on Planet Rock Radio.  But Elles Bailey has still found the time to play the Gimme 5 game with Blues Enthused, telling us about the music and people that float her boat.  Take it away, Elles!
Gimme 5 songs, old or new, that have been on your radar recently. 
Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile:  “Taken from her last record, I love how this song rocks. Its
been great being able to give this track some love on my Planet Rock Show. I am a huge Brandi fan, not just her incredible writing and incomparable voice but she is a huge champion of up and coming artists and she’s always celebrating someone else. What a woman.”
Elles Bailey goes all Mona Lisa smile
Pic by Rob Blackham
Nightflyer by Allison Russell: I think Allison’s last record is a masterpiece. I had the absolute joy of sharing the stage with her at the Uk Americana Awards. She’s an incredibly generous artist who lifts up all around her.
Speed Dial by Alice Armstrong:  “What a debut single! I’ve been a fan of Alice’s for about 4 years in her various projects but It is so great to finally hear what she’s got to say.
Find Yourself by Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real:  “I can’t get enough of this song, I am totally obsessed by it. I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with them at Black Deer Fest!
Long Road Ahead by Delaney & Bonnie:  “This has been spinning a lot over the last few months. So much so that we have recorded a cover of it. I look forward to sharing it soon.
Gimme 5 artists or bands who have had a big influence on your work. 
Mavis Staples Mavis is all heart, soul & feel - her delivery is like no one else’s. You feel every word she sings and being in her audience is like being taken to church. 
Bonnie Raitt:  “The trailblazer. I remember listening to Bonnie’s Dig in Deep record a lot whilst
Bonnie Raitt ready to blaze some trails
Pic by Marina Chavez
making Wildfire. She’s an artist I look up to, and aspire to have a career like. It’s a long game, but she’s played hard and shone like a light to inspire artists like myself. 
Creedence Clearwater Revival I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have CCR in it. My dad always played old records of theirs and I’m super proud of our version of Long As I Can See the Light on the Shining in the Half Light Deluxe Edition. An honour to take on this Classic Creedence Song. 
Fleetwood Mac/ Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks is one of the most Iconic women of the 20th Century . There is no denying that I love her, her music, her fashion sense. Again another trailblazer.
The Civil Wars This was the act that introduced me to the modern Americana Scene. I remember hearing 'Barton Hollow' in 2012 and it was a game changer. That song inspired WildfireWaiting GameMedicine Man and so much more Elles Bailey!

The entirely average looking Ryan Gosling
Gimme 5 guests you’d love to invite to your ideal long lunch. 
Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift:  “Cuz I reckon they would be so much fun to have dinner with. Can we go out dancing after too?
Ryan Gosling:  “So I can just sit and stare. (Shhh don’t tell my hubby!)
Mavis and Bonnie:  “So we can discuss our future collab!!
Just one track – pick one of your tracks that you’d share with a new listener to introduce your music.
“I’m going for ‘Spinning Stopped’, from the Shining In The Half-Light Deluxe EditionI think this song is really beautiful and sums up exactly what I wanted to say. It's my intimate reflections of becoming a mother in the crazy beautiful yet totally messed up world during a pandemic. Recorded live it also shows how incredible my band are, Yes we can rock out at the best of times but this shows us in a different light, subtle and sensitive!"

Check out Elles Bailey's summer dates below.



  1. I didn't think sithl could be improved on, i was wrong the deluxe version takes it to a different level.

  2. Very interesting article, could have guessed a couple of the choices, but not the party guests. There is deffo a CCR influence on the start of Hole In My Pocket.