Smoky-voiced Elles Bailey reveals the darkly magical video for her single ‘Medicine Man’, the first track released from her second album ‘Road I Call Home’ (which will be released on 8th March 2019).
‘Medicine Man’ dropped last month, charting at Number 1 in the iTunes Blues Charts, as well as being added to the Nu Blue playlist on Spotify! The single also peaked at Number 7 in the Amazon Blues Charts and Number 2 on their Hot New Releases. ‘Medicine Man’ is also getting Radio 2 support from Cerys Matthews!
“The song was inspired by a con artist I managed to get myself entwined with,” Elles explains, “He reminded me of the medicine men: you know – the folks who used to go around in their horse and carts, peddling their ‘miracle elixirs’ when in fact they were just selling a whole load of nothing!’
The tricksy, colourful video (directed by Jamie Luke Milligan) brings Elles’ song to life with images of a wicked ringmaster, gangster gambler, a mystic and everybody’s favourite: a clown!
As Elles puts it, “We wanted the video to capture the essence of what the song is about: trickery, mystery, the dark side and of course, the Medicine Man! It tells the story of getting tricked by the Medicine Man into his world, and going through a series of trials with people he has trapped previously, culminating in meeting him again at the end, and ultimately defeating him and getting away!”
Shot in glorious widescreen, with echoes of Twin Peaks, the video can be seen online on Elles Bailey’s YouTube channel.
Elles’ new album is available to pre-order from Pledge Music and (like its chart-topping predecessor ‘Wildfire’), ‘Road I Call Home’ features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators. This this time around, Elles worked once more with British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook and storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood (both of whom worked with Elles on Wildfire). She also collaborated on the infectious Little Piece of Heaven with Multiple Grammy award-winning Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys).
Inevitably, Elles Bailey will be back on the road she calls home in 2019! Check out the full tour dates and seize a chance to experience her unique voice and amazing new material, in Elles Bailey’s natural habitat: live performance.
Tickets from on sale Wednesday 19th Dec from www.ellesbailey.com/tour
26.01 EASTWELL VILLAGE HALL
09.02 BRISTOL CHRISTCHURCH LISTENING PARTY
02.03 SETTLE VICTORIA HALL
03.03 GLASGOW KING TUTS
05.03 EYEMOUTH HIPPODROME
07.03 DUBLIN WHELAN’S
08.03 BELFAST ELNER DELTA BLUES CLUB
09.03 ROSCOMMON JJ HARLOWS
12.03 LONDON THE LEXINGTON
13.03 BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE 3
15.03 LEEK FOXLOWE ARTS
21.03 BRIDGWATER BAR BRUNEL
22.03 BRISTOL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
24.03 SOUTHAMPTON 1865
29.03 HORSHAM THE REC ROOMS
30.03 BATH CHAPEL ARTS
31.03 BOURNEMOUTH MADDING CROWD
05.04 TORRINGTON PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE
For more information on Elles, check out www.ellesbailey.com.