Friday, August 13, 2021
Doors: 6:00 PM; Music: 7:00 PM
Advance Tickets: $25 (Will Call Only)
Tickets also available at Forde Nursery
Day of Show: $30 at door
As the reigning “Queen of the Minor Key”, Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. Her music has drawn comparisons to musicians like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Jolie Holland, and the Be Good Tanyas, with strong influence by Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday (the latter artist is no doubt the source for Jewell’s characteristic and surprisingly effective stretched, slowed, and even slurred vocal mannerisms).
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Jewell began piano lessons at the age of seven and picked up the guitar when she was 14. She also fell under the powerful spell of Smith and Holiday (along with discovering other artists like Bob Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf). While attending St. John’s College in Santa Fe, she began playing the local farmers’ markets and bars. She moved to Los Angeles, and then relocated all the way across the country in early 2003 to western Massachusetts, and later in the year she moved to Boston, where she threw herself into the vigorous local music scene. She recorded a live demo album in 2005 called Nowhere in No Time and put out the self-released studio project Boundary Country a year later.
The critical response to Boundary Country led to Jewell signing with Signature Sounds, and her first national release, Letters from Sinners & Strangers, appeared from the imprint in 2007. A second album from Signature Sounds, Queen of the Minor Key, was released in 2011. The next few years were spent touring the U.S. and the world, culminating in the 2014 live double-album Live at the Narrows. After relocating back to her hometown of Boise, Jewell released her fifth album, 2015’s Sundown Over Ghost Town. On 2017’s Down Hearted Blues, Jewell indulged her passion for vintage blues with covers of a dozen of her favorites in the genre. She returned in 2019 with Gypsy, a collection of original songs with a political undercurrent. In addition to her six own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, the Sacred Shakers and a tribute album to Loretta Lynn titled Butcher Holler.
For more than 15 years, Jewell, drummer/husband Jason Beek, upright bassist Shawn Supra, and mesmerizing guitarist Jerry Miller have toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theaters, rock clubs, and coffeehouses. The group has shared stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances.
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well, and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad’s band. In 2014 Shawn Holt and The Teardrops won the Blues Blast Music Award for New Artist Debut Album for Daddy Told Me on Blind Pig Records. Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with his father and Slim’s brother, Uncle Nick Holt and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny (all the Holt’s are talented musicians) and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing blues ever since…..Worldwide!
“The Blues ain’t pretty but if it’s played right…the feeling is indescribable”