July 23, 2009
Like a throwback to the music performed in a whiskey-soaked dance hall, the third record from Boston songwriter Eilen Jewell, Sea of Tears, is an honest narrative of a woman journeying in and out of love.
Jewell is more Dusty Springfield than Gillian Welch. Sea of Tears finds the artist acknowledging her electric influences and the roots of rock and roll on the album’s twelve tracks. She pays homage to the British invasion of the sixties, bands like The Kinks and The Animals; her forlorn, yet confident, delivery matches slow rock and resonant guitar sounds throughout the record. Although three quarters of her newest work is penned by Jewell, it all could easily have been recorded forty years earlier.
Her touring band is a tried and true ensemble of Jewell, Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic, and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass). The rapport built by years of touring together supports Jewell’s vocals, augmenting her confident presentation and letting her heartfelt lyrics stand out against the backdrop. The four musicians merge to produce a tight swagger that cascades throughout their set.
Since the CD’s release back in April, Eilen and her band have been touring up and down the East Coast in some of the nation’s most well known venues. The Rosendale Cafe is honored to be counted among these.
“Just a shotglassful of Eilen Jewell’s sweet, deep, desert-dry voice, and rollicking, high-twangin’ band makes it clear enough why she’s the reigning queen of America’s new roots landscape.” — Chronogram Magazine: http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2009/7/Music/Nightlife-Highlights-July-2009
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