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

10-06-2018San Francisco, CAHardly Strictly Bluegrass
10-10-2018Sellersville, PASellersville Theater
10-11-2018Washington, DCThe Hamilton
10-12-2018NYC, NYCity Winery
10-13-2018Boston, MACity Winery
10-14-2018Turners Falls, MAShea Theater
10-16-2018Columbia, MDThe Soundry
10-17-2018Rocky Mount, VAHarvestor Performance Center
10-18-2018Asheville, NCThe Grey Eagle
10-19-2018Decatur, GAEddie’s Attic
10-20-2018Nashville, TNCity Winery Nashville
10-21-2018Northport, ALKentuck Festival of the Arts
03-15-2019Chicago, ILCity Winery-Chicago
03-16-2019Stoughton, WIStoughton Opera House
03-22-2019Fond Du Lac, WIThelma Sadoff Center for the Arts