With a sound that combines folk, country, blues and pop, Boston-based singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell crafts a distinct style that draws on roots music without sounding needlessly old-fashioned. Adept at evoking colors in her music, she delves into darker tones on her fourth full-length album, 2011′s Queen Of the Minor Key.
Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Eilen Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings, through an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with The Sacred Shakers, right up to 2009′s Sea of Tears, which bristled with the electricity of ’60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues. Queen of the Minor Key draws on everything from classic country (the fiddle-driven “Reckless”) to early R&B (the shuffling “Hooked”), with an emphasis on sounds from the seamier side of the tracks. With dirty sax riffs and low-slung guitars, the instrumentals that bookend the album—”Radio City” and “Kalimotxo”—evoke the bump-and-grind exotica of vintage Southern California suburban saloons. Yet on the flipside, Jewell imbues slow, jazzy numbers like “I Remember You” and “Only One” with torch and tenacity that linger long past last call.
While her albums feature additional guest performers, she continues to work in close consort with her longtime trio of drummer Jason Beek, guitarist Jerry Miller, and upright bassist Johnny Sciascia.
“Spider” John Koerner, traditional American folk and country blues musician, rhythmic guitarist, song-crafter, singer, and humorist, shapes his musical style from a solid foundation of study of the old blues masters, respect for the traditional song, and a firm command of his source material. Koerner’s musical career has taken him to stages across North America and Europe, and he has influenced countless musicians along the way.
“Demolishing the puny vocalizations of ‘folk’ trios like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Whatsit, Koerner and company showed how it should be done. First time I had heard a 12-string guitar.” – David Bowie
Facts About Eilen Jewell
- Jewell began her musical career when she began busking on the streets of Sante Fe while attending college. She then moved to Los Angeles and performed on the streets of Venice Beach.
- Jewell and her band toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest, NPR’s World Cafe, XM Radio, Mountain Stage, Woodsong’s Old-Time Radio Hour, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Bergenfest (Norway), Blue Highways Festival (Holland), Shrewsbury Folk Festival (UK), Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival (Tennessee), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AU), Glasgow Americana Festival, Live Oak Music Festival (California), Tropical Heatwave (Florida), and Grassroots.
- Jewell’s songs have appeared on Hellcats, CW’s Hellcats, HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s TV special Earth 2100.