Eilen Jewell: Live Last Night


Live Last Night

If Neko Case, Madeleine Peyroux and Billie Holiday had a baby girl who grew up to front a rockabilly band, she'd probably sound a lot like Eilen Jewell. Jewell (her first name rhymes with "feelin'") and her three piece band captivated the Saturday night crowd at Iota with selections from newly released record "Sea of Tears," which has been rocketing up the Americana charts.

(Read the rest of the review after the jump.)

Although "Sea of Tears" is Jewell's third album (she's also released one as part of rockabilly gospel group the Sacred Shakers), the Massachusetts-based artist has yet to come into Tift Merritt or Kathleen Edwards levels of alt-country fame.

But watching her perform, it seems that it's only a matter of time, for Jewell is a roots music star in the making.

Backed by the Eddie Cochran-esque guitar of Jerry Miller, Jewell punctuated well-written originals with Holiday and Bessie Smith covers, plus three Loretta Lynn classics. The 90-minute set was over far too soon, considering that this may be one of the last times Jewell and her band play such an intimate venue.

Near the end of the show, Jewell, interspersing songs with witty asides, remarked that the Iota crowd was one she'd like to take on tour with the band. Based on the applause, the feeling was mutual.


By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 10, 2009; 8:08 PM ET Live Last Night
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