Eilen Jewell, from Boston, is back with her fourth album, Queen of the Minor Key
If you haven't heard Eilen (her name rhymes with feelin'), then she's been described as Lucinda Williams, Peggy Lee and Gillian Welch combined. This new record features elements of the blues, surf guitar, rockabilly and country
Eilen says she suffered a case of writer's block after her 2009 release of Sea of Tears. She decided to head to a cabin in the mountains of Idaho, where she's originally from. It was there, cut off from the outside world, electricity and running water, that Eilen was able to focus solely on writing sketches of songs, break the block and build the framework of Queen of the Minor Key.
Along with her long-time band of Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass), together the players turned the sketches into songs.
Produced by Jewell and her band, Queen of the Minor Key, also features guest appearances from Zoe Muth and Big Sandy (from Big Sandy and the Fly Right Boys).