Eilen Jewell

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Eilen Jewell
Eilen Jewell Buffalo, NY 2011
Background information
Birth name Eilen Jewell
Born (1979-04-06) April 6, 1979 (age 35)
Boise, Idaho, USA
Origin Boise, ID, USA
Genres Americana
Honky Tonk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Band leader
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Signature Sounds
Associated acts The Sacred Shakers
Website Eilen Jewell Official Site

Eilen Jewell (born April 6, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She is on the Signature Sounds Recordings record label.

Early life and education[edit]

Jewell grew up in Boise, Idaho and attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[1][2]


Jewell began her musical career when she began busking on the streets of Sante Fe while attending college.[1] She then moved to Los Angeles and performed on the streets of Venice Beach.[1]

Jewell moved to Massachusetts and began performing at local clubs [1] such as Club Passim, Plough & Stars and Johnny D’s. From 2005 to 2007, Jewell played regularly at the Tír na nÓg pub in Somerville, Massachusetts.[citation needed]

In December 2005, Jewell recorded a "live demo" album called Nowhere in Time and later recorded the album Boundary County with Jason Beek on percussion, Daniel Kellar on violin, Jerry Glenn Miller on guitars and Johnny Sciascia on upright bass.[3][4][5]

Eilen Jewell performing at MerleFest, April 2013, Wilkes County, North Carolina. Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III.

Her album Letters From Sinners & Strangers, was recorded at the Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, Connecticut.[6]

In 2008 Jewell released an extended play entitled Heartache Boulevard, and later that year an album of gospel music with "The Sacred Shakers", consisting of musicians Jason Beek, Greg Glassman, Eric Royer, Jerry Miller, Johnny Sciascia, Daniel Kellar and Daniel Fram.[citation needed]

In early 2009 Jewell released the album "Sea of Tears" [7] which was called a "startling departure" by a Sydney Morning Herald music critic.[8]

In 2010, Jewell released the album Butcher Holler, an album of Loretta Lynn covers.

In 2011, Jewell released her fourth full-length album of original music, Queen of the Minor Key.[9]

Jewell and her band toured the U.S., Canada, Europe,[10] the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest, NPR's World Cafe,[11] XM Radio, Mountain Stage, Woodsong's Old-Time Radio Hour, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Bergenfest (Norway), Blue Highways Festival (Holland), Shrewsbury Folk Festival (UK), Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival (Tennessee), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AU), Glasgow Americana Festival, Live Oak Music Festival (California), Tropical Heatwave (Florida), and Grassroots.

Jewell's songs have appeared on Hellcats, CW's Hellcats, HBO's True Blood and ABC's TV special Earth 2100.[citation needed]

Jewell has shared venues with Loretta Lynn, Chuck Prophet, Chris Smither, Fred Eaglesmith, Jimmy LaFave, Steve Forbert, Holly Golightly, Junior Brown, The Hacienda Brothers, Kris Delmhorst, The Holmes Brothers, Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, and Jack Williams.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jewell is married to drummer Jason Beek.


  • Boundary County (2005)
  • Letters From Sinners & Strangers (2007)
  • Heartache Boulevard (2007) EP
  • The Sacred Shakers (side project) (2008)
  • Sea of Tears (2009)
  • Butcher Holler: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (2010)
  • Queen of the Minor Key (June 2011)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Amy Atkins (August 29, 2007). "Wide Open Spaces". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ [1] Jacksonville.com, Music Notes: Eilen Jewell, Roger Bull, May 8, 2009, Retrieved July 2011
  3. ^ [2] Acoustic Music, album review, Retrieved July 2011
  4. ^ Lankford, Ronnie D. Boundary County at AllMusic
  5. ^ NPR, Sept 3 2007, Eilen Jewell: Songs from 'Sinners and Strangers', David Dye, Retrieved July 2011
  6. ^ [3] RTR Community Radio Station, album review, Retrieved July 2011
  7. ^ Munro, Stuart (April 27, 2009). "Eilen Jewell, 'Sea of Tears'". The Boston Globe. 
  8. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), May 9–10, 2009.[verification needed]
  9. ^ [4] USA Today, New Podcast, July 29, 2011, Retrieved July 2011
  10. ^ Östnäs, Magnus. "Folkscenens nya stjärna i Uppsala". Uppsala Nya Tidning. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ [5] NPR,Eilen Jewell: Songs from Sinners and Strangers, David Dye, Sept 2 2007, Retrieved July 2007

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