Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings, through an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with the Sacred Shakers, right up to 2009's Sea of Tears, which bristled with the electricity of '60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues.
Queen of the Minor Key draws on everything from classic country (the fiddle-driven 'Reckless') to early R&B (the shuffling 'Hooked'), 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 - 'Radio City' and 'Kalimotxo' - 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. Lend her your ears, and you will quickly hear why her humble subjects admire and adore her more with each passing year.
- 1. Radio City
- 2. I Remember You
- 3. Queen Of The Minor Key
- 4. That's Where I'm Going
- 5. Santa Fe
- 6. Warning Signs
- 7. Reckless
- 8. Over Again
- 9. Bang Bang Bang
- 10. Hooked
- 11. Only One
- 12. Long Road
- 13. Home to Me
- 14. Kalimotxo
Feb 14Seattle, WA, US Eilen Jewell at The Tractor Tavern
Mar 19Thornbury, VIC, Australia Eilen Jewell at Ballroom, Thornbury Theatre
Mar 21Castlemaine, VIC, Australia Eilen Jewell at Theatre Royal
Mar 29Auckland, New Zealand Eilen Jewell at The Powerstation
Apr 14Asheville, NC, US Eilen Jewell at Grey Eagle
Apr 17Hudson, NY, US Eilen Jewell at Club Helsinki