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Eilen Jewell - Boundary Country

Boundary County

Eilen Jewell

Signature Sounds
P. O. Box 106
Whatley MA 01093

Available from Signature Sounds, CD Baby
and other online stores.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Please heed my fellow FAMErs: We've got a real rising star in our midst!

Whereas most of today's Americana artists and roots rockers both above and below the radar sound like they are pursuing the elusive, haunted reverberations of souls long gone, Jewell is being pursued. Boundary County walks the beaten roads, steps out of that long, rural history and inspires not only intense, repeated listening but that one thing that escapes ninety-nine percent of artists in any creative discipline: Respect.

Recently signed to Signature Sounds, home to, among other notables, Josh Ritter, Chris Smither, and Richard Shindell, Jewell will soon be deservedly spoken of in the same breath as the artists mentioned. With her guitar, harmonica, and whiskey-in-the-honey voice that lets in the sunlight in order to dance in the shadows, Jewell's lyrically concise, dusty homeland songs evoke a response on every emotional, and often physical, level.

With a band that dwells in the same profound rusticity as she, drummer Jason Beek, upright bassist Johnny Sciasica, stand alongside Jerry Miller - electric guitar, mandolin, steel guitar, dobro, Greg Glassman - banjo, and violinist Dan Kellar to create a sepia drenched, masterful debut that gives you goosebumps upon discovery. Boundary County is as special and complete a work as the artist who created it.

Track List:

  • Boundary County
  • Till You Lay Down Your Heavy Load
  • Hey Hey Hey
  • Fourth Degree
  • Mess Around
  • Back to Dallas
  • No Place to Go
  • So Long Blues
  • Gotta Get Right
  • The Flood
  • Blow It All Away
  • Someone's Arms
  • You Can't Take My Song Away
Produced by: Produced by Jason Beek, Eilen Jewell, and Chad Crumm
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Chris Rival

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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