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Once in a great while you hear an artist you've never heard of before and time stops. The voice is new, yet timeless. The lyrics are all original yet feel immediately familiar. And the melodies carry the easy groove. This is the story of Eilen (rhymes with feelin') Jewell. When you hear Eilen Jewell on stage with her band it's as if everything stops. Jewell's voice and song become one harmonizing within the other. She has raw nakedness to her lyrics, using simple words that so clearly sting close to the heart. You feel close to Jewell as if you've been privately invited to hear her read from her diary of blues. While some songs are more personal than others, in some way all songs, even those she covers, are her own creations. She molds them to fit her attitude, making everything she touches a personal tale that everyone can somehow relate to. She easily combines folk, jazz, country, bluegrass and pop yet manages to have her own unique style. She in part Madeleine Peyroux, part Kelly Willis, part Billie Holiday with the directness of Hank Williams, but all in all, she is distinctively, Eilen Jewell. She plays and performs beautifully the kind of great music that bridges and stands the test of time. For fans of Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland, Gillian Welch and the late, great Billie Holiday, this show will be a rousing and confident tour de force.
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