Eilen Jewell Band: Queen of the Minor Key

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I pretty much love anything with ‘early’ in front of it; early rock, early country, early blues, I love it,” said the 32-year-old who grew up in Boise, Idaho.* Eilen Jewell “bridges many elements of American music: country, swing, jazz, rockabilly… traveling back to a time when all these specifics genres were still forming, and the differences between them were still relatively obscure.”

Eilen JewellBoston-based Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm.

Where is Eilen Jewell in the fast growing Americana realm?  SavingCountryMusic.com says it best: “…she bridges many elements of American music: country, swing, jazz, rockabilly, by not taking those older art forms and melding them together, but traveling back to a time when all these specifics genres were still forming, and the differences between them were still relatively obscure.” Eilen Jewell is generously sponsored by Stickley, Audi & Co. and by media sponsor WAER FM 88.3.

Best known as an alt-country artist, Eilen Jewell channels a presence between the sultry soul of jazz siren Billie Holiday and the “sneering edge of danger” of a ‘pistol packing mama’.  “She employs musical styles rooted in ‘50s America, but this isn’t some retro trip down nostalgia lane.  It’s where the hillbilly south, urban ethnic working class, and Southwestern badass meet.”  (PopMatters.com)

Her band is burning.  “Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash.  Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed.” (PopMatters.com)

Take a listen: YOU TUBES    EJ: Sea of Tears      EJWarning Signs     EJ: Bang Bang Bang (Cupid’s song)

FolkMusic.About.com declared: “Eilen Jewell’s 2007 breakthrough album, Letters from Sinners and Strangers (2nd album)introduced an incredible songwriting talent to the world. Martin Longley reviewing Eilen Jewell for the BBC: “Jewell’s words are substantial and loaded with archetypal imagery. Every song is a micro-tale.”

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“She’s refining her songwriting into an individualist composite of myriad genres, crafting works which resonate with her own personality. It’s clear that she’s no dilettante, and that her understanding of rock’n’roll, gospel, folk, country and rockabilly has a profound depth.” Martin Longley, BBC

“The buzz around her third effort has been long and loud, and Sea of Tears easily meets those expectations. While so many of these songs are incredibly sad and dark, Jewell manages to deliver them with a certain smooth defiance. The guitar tracks rock, her vocals are deep and strong… ” (FolkMusic.About.com)

“Her latest album, Queen of the Minor Key, draws on everything from classic country to early R&B, 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 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. Eilen Jewell is the Queen of the Minor Key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery.Signature Sounds

“With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, box-car soul.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

Don’t miss the smoky vocals and swinging rhythms of Eilen Jewell with her red-hot honky-tonk band on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Link to artist website

*Quote from interview with Bonnie Toomey

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“Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash. Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed. Jewell plays acoustic guitar and harmonica…” Steve Horowitz, Pop Matters

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