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Album Review

Eilen Jewell's country-blues flavored folk on Boundary County will remind listeners of many new, talented women singer/songwriters without ever seeming like a copy. Like Jolie Holland, she slurs her muffled vocals on a series of original songs and accomplishes the neat trick of evoking tradition. Like the Be Good Tanyas, Jewell relies on fairly eclectic arrangements, though she's more progressive in her marriage of electric and acoustic elements. The slow, sad "So Long Blues" ventures toward pure country with Jerry Miller's lap steel underpinning Jewell's lonesome vocal, while the spunky "Gotta Get Right" captures a more folksy feel with banjo and mandolin. On both, Johnny Sciascia's upright bass is heavy in the mix and sounds more like an electric bass. Jewell is also frequently joined on the choruses by drummer Jason Beek's deeper, raspier voice, an intriguing combination in which both voices intertwine while keeping their identities. A couple of the songs — "The Flood" and "Blow It All Away" — seem a bit long, and it's easy, especially with the latter, to allow Jewell's lazy, bluesy vocal to fade into the background. These tracks, along with the two that follow and bring the album to a close, lack the vim and vigor of the album's earlier tracks. The first two-thirds of Jewell's Boundary County, however, is well-written, well-sung, and well performed, and will please fans progressive traditional-flavored music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Buy this album, see them live!

Eilen Jewel has an incredible voice. The band's sound is folk, early 50's rock a billy and a hint of delta blues. This album is a great addition to any folk collection. I like Mess Around, No Place to Go, Blow it All Away and The Flood. This album is a bit more laid back than their live show. See them if you are in Boston!!

A must own for any folk fan.

Eilen Jewell and her band are incredible. Go see them at Tir Na Gog in Somerville, MA. They play every Sat night. We saw them at the Green River Festival. They were the best act at the festival. Download Mess Around and Blow It All Away for starters but the entire album is a must-own. -Tricky Dick

The Flood

"The Flood" is an excellent song .As a collector of "Flood Songs" I was thrilled to discover this gem. I haven't purchased the whole album yet but so far I've been listening to , "Gotta Get Right" and "Mess Around"constantly. They evoke the high lonesome country swing sound perfectly. ahhh.


Born: Boise, ID

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although her country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf) has drawn comparisons to musicians like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Jolie Holland, and the Be Good Tanyas, Eilen Jewell's strongest influences have been the classic sides recorded by Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday (the latter artist is no doubt the source for Jewell's characteristic and surprisingly effective stretched, slowed, and even slurred vocal mannerisms)....
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