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Eilen Jewell’s songs feel like an old friend from the moment you hear them. Her melodies carry an easy groove; her lyrics have the raw nakedness born of simple words, cutting straight to the heart. While some songs are more personal than others, even those she covers are molded to fit her attitude, making everything she touches a personal tale with which everyone can somehow relate. Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles: from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings to 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, Jewell’s newest album, draws on everything from classic country to early R&B, with an emphasis on sounds from the seamier side of the tracks. With her arresting style (Part Madeleine Peyroux, part Kelly Willis, part Billie Holiday, and all with the directness of Hank Williams) and her mesmerizing slowed voice, Eilen Jewell enchants her listeners. For fans of Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland, Gillian Welch and Billie Holiday, this show will have you believing you’ve always been a fan!
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