To her infinite credit, Eilen Jewell has never been tempted to churn out a sanitized and commercially viable version of Country with a view toward success and fame. The Idaho native has consistently blazed a unique musical trail, using her love of the roots of Country, Folk, Blues, Rockabilly, Gospel and Honky Tonk and her widely varied experience (busking in Santa Fe, N.M., and Venice Beach, Calif., during and after college; playing the Folk clubs in and around Boston) to inspire and inform her singular Americana perspective.
Since 2005, Jewell has released seven distinct recordings. Each shows a slightly different facet of her creative vision, including her tradition-with-a-twist debut, Boundary County, the pure Gospel of her 2008 side project, The Sacred Shakers, the twangy Garage Rock ethic of 2009’s Sea of Tears, her reverential Loretta Lynn tribute Butcher Holler and her stellar 2011 triumph, The Queen of the Minor Key, which figured into a ton of annual Top 10 lists and helped Jewell secure a Boston Music Awards nomination for Americana Artist of the Year.
The unifying threads in all of this have been Jewell’s brilliant backing band and her amazingly consistent songwriting style, the blazing talent of the former allowing her the latitude to fully explore the latter. Jewell’s road ethic has taken her to venues of every capacity as well as some of the biggest music festivals on the planet, and she’s shared stages with the likes of Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Holly Golightly and Steve Forbert (and made fans of them all).
Seven years along and Eilen Jewell’s intensity and drive make every show sound fresh and every album sound like a debut.
EILEN JEWELL performs Thursday, Sept. 6 at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.