Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music. “We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word early in front of it.”

For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, on Signature Sounds, they unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery. 

Tour Dates

05-23-2018Melbourne, AUThornbury Theatre
05-24-2018Oakleigh, AUCaravan Music Club
05-25-2018Castlemaine, AUTheatre Royal
05-26-2018Meeniyan, AUMeeniyan Town Hall
05-27-2018Adelaide, AUChateau Apollo
05-30-2018Sydney, AUThe Basement
06-01-2018Hardys Bay, AUHardys Bay Club
06-02-2018Auckland, NZThe Tuning Fork
06-15-2018Santa Monica, CAMcCabe’s
06-16-2018Bakersfield, CAWorld Records
06-17-2018Santa Barbara, CALive Oak Music Festival
06-19-2018Phoenix, ORHilltop Music Shop
06-21-2018Seattle, WATractor Tavern
06-22-2018Portland, ORAlberta Rose Theatre
06-23-2018Prosser, WABrewminatti
06-25-2018Salt Spring Island, BCPitchfork Social
06-26-2018North Vancouver, BCVancouver International Jazz Festival
06-29-2018Laytonville, CAKate Wolf Festival
06-30-2018Laytonville, CAKate Wolf Festival
07-05-2018Minneapolis, MNDakota
07-06-2018Madison, WINorthstreet Cabaret
07-07-2018Evanston, ILSPACE
07-08-2018Worthington, OHNatalie’s
07-10-2018Thomas, WVPurple Fiddle
07-11-2018Charlottesville, VAThe Southern Cafe and Music Hall
07-12-2018Abingdon, VAThursday Jams
07-13-2018Annandale, VA“Mason District Park Amphitheater”
07-14-2018Kennett Square, PAThe Kennett Flash
07-15-2018Baltimore, MDCreative Alliance at The Patterson
07-17-2018Brooklyn, NYThe Bell House
07-18-2018Piermont, NYTurning Point
07-19-2018Trumansburg, NYFinger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance
07-20-2018Pittsburgh, PAClub Cafe
07-21-2018Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom
08-09-2018Schorndorf, DEClub Manufaktur
08-10-2018Houffalize, DELa Truite Magique
08-11-2018Valkenburg, NLSouthern Roots
08-12-2018Amsterdam, NLParadiso
08-16-2018Bangor, MEBangor Arts Exchange - Ballroom
08-17-2018Portsmouth, NH3S Arts
08-21-2018Bowling Green, OHGrounds For Thought
08-24-2018St. Louis, MOOff Broadway
08-25-2018Kansas City, MOKnucklehead Saloon