Eilen Jewell

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Eilen Jewell
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Eilen Jewell - 2013
Background information
Birth name Eilen Jewell
Born (1979-04-06) April 6, 1979 (age 39)
Boise, Idaho, United States
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter,
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1998–present
Labels Signature Sounds
Associated acts The Sacred Shakers
Website www.eilenjewell.com

Eilen Jewell (born April 6, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released seven albums of music.

Early life and education[edit]

Jewell grew up in Boise, Idaho and attended college in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[1][2] In 2015 she returned to Boise after having lived in the Boston area for several years. Her 2015 album, Sundown Over Ghost Town, was largely inspired by her return to Boise.[3]


Jewell began her musical career 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 where she performed at local music clubs.[1]

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.[4][5][6]

Jewell and her band in Buffalo, New York, 2011.

Her album Letters From Sinners & Strangers, was recorded at the Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret, Connecticut.[7]

In early 2009 Jewell released the album "Sea of Tears" [8] which was called a "startling departure" by a Sydney Morning Herald music critic.[9]

In 2010, Jewell released the album Butcher Holler, an album of Loretta Lynn covers and in 2011, her fourth album of original music, Queen of the Minor Key.[10]

Jewell and her band toured the U.S., Canada, Europe,[11] the UK and Australia beginning in 2005 including performances at South by Southwest and NPR's World Cafe.[12]


  • Boundary County (2005)
  • Letters From Sinners & Strangers (2007)
  • Heartache Boulevard (2007) EP
  • The Sacred Shakers (The Sacred Shakers) (2008)
  • Sea of Tears (2009)
  • Butcher Holler: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (2010)
  • Queen of the Minor Key (2011)
  • Live (The Sacred Shakers) (2014)
  • Live at The Narrows (2015) 2CD
  • Sundown Over Ghost Town (2015)
  • Down Hearted Blues (2017)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Amy Atkins (August 29, 2007). "Wide Open Spaces". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Music Notes: Eilen Jewell, Darryl Wise and more". Jacksonville.com. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  3. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #247, published May 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "FAME Review: Eilen Jewell - Boundary Country". Acousticmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  5. ^ Lankford, Ronnie D. Boundary County at AllMusic
  6. ^ NPR, September 3, 2007, Eilen Jewell: Songs from 'Sinners and Strangers', David Dye, Retrieved July 2011
  7. ^ "Pops in the Pines « RTRFM / The Sound Alternative". Rtrfm.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  8. ^ Munro, Stuart (April 27, 2009). "Eilen Jewell, 'Sea of Tears'". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), May 9–10, 2009.[verification needed]
  10. ^ "New podcast! Joseph Arthur, Arctic Monkeys and more new tunes". Content.usatoday.com. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  11. ^ Östnäs, Magnus. "Folkscenens nya stjärna i Uppsala". Uppsala Nya Tidning. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  12. ^ Jewell, Eilen. "Eilen Jewell: Songs from 'Sinners and Strangers' : World Cafe". Npr.org. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 

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