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About Eilen Jewell
Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music.
“We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word early in front of it.”
For her 2017 album, Down Hearted Blues, they unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Tantalizing… wonderful voice… this slightly restrained, beautifully crafted and enticing Eilen Jewell disc proves she remains one of Americana’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” – American Songwriter
“A revelatory journey rich with cinematic visions, elegant, sweet, and smoky vocals, and hauntingly autobiographical songs inspired by her return to the West.” – No Depression
“expressive grace and imagery… Her melodies create sonic landscapes, mostly of the mythic American West” – Pop Matters
“Jewell is Johnny Cash reincarnate… Jewell packs a punch that doesn’t bruise until after the meaning of her work sets into listeners’ bones.” – Country Standard Time
“She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.” – NPR Song of the Day