Star Scene: Eilen Jewell

Maryanne Window chats to Eilen Jewell about her upcoming Australian tour.

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QUEEN OF THE MINORKEY,
EILEN JEWELL
ADDS TWO SHOWS TO HER MARCH EAST COAST TOUR, INCLUDING A SPECIAL SHOW TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LATE & GREAT LORETTA LYNN!

EILEN & BAND’S FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOUR IN NEARLY FIVE YEARS INCLUDES APPEARANCES AT PORT FAIRY AND BLUE MOUNTAINS FOLK FESTIVALS, AND MORE

“Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition … She’s mighty good.”
– Los Angeles Daily News

Following the Covid-cancellation of her 2020 Australian tour, Love Police is more than thrilled to present the return in 2023 of EILEN JEWELL and her incredible band for their first shows down here since 2018. With many shows set to sell out, Eilen has today announced two additional shows, including her first visit to the regional Victorian town of Yackadandah, where she’ll play the Star Hotel on March 5, and, on March 12 at the Brunswick Ballroom, a special show in tribute to her heroine, the great Loretta Lynn. Eilen notably paid tribute to Loretta, who passed away aged 90 on October 4 of last year, with the 2010 release of her Butcher Hollar A Tribute To Loretta Lynn album, a complete album of songs written and first recorded by the woman whose life was made into the award-winning, box office smash film The Coal Miner’s Daughter back in 1980. 

In the 1960s and 70s, Loretta Lynn dared to write songs about topics that were widely considered off-limits, especially for women – songs like “The Pill”, “Rated X”, “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”. A mother of four by the time she was 19, Lynn went on to become the most-groundbreaking female artist in the history of Country Music and sustained a hugely successful career for over six decades. In 2004 Jack white produced her Grammy winning Van Lear Rose, and her final album, 2021’s Still Woman Enough, featured duets with Carrie Underwood and Margo Price amongst others.

EILEN JEWELL on LORETTA LYNN:
“And so, a toast: to the woman with more banned songs than anyone can count; to that voice that reaches the very grain of the theatre walls around her; to our national treasure. Gratitude is not enough, so I sing these songs for any who will listen.”

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As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll with touches of surf-noir and early blues and jazz. For a decade and a half, they’ve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theatres, rock clubs, and coffeehouses, sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama.

March 2023 will see Eilen and band back in Australia for an extensive East Coast tour that will take in theatre and club shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Sydney, North Coast NSW and Brisbane, as well as appearances at Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blues Mountains Folk Festival.

Australia came under Eilen’s spell well ahead of most places, on the back of her intoxicating third album, 2009’s Sea of Tears. She toured here for the first time in 2010, on the back of that album and strong radio support for the album’s bewitching opener “Rain Roll In”. She returned two years later, following the release of her Loretta Lynn tribute album Butcher Holler and the album from which came her sobriquet, The Queen of the Minor Key, and appeared at Bluesfest and on Rockwiz.

Returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho after building her career from the unlikely country base of Boston, Eilen soon took time out to start a family. Tours in 2016 – following her album Sundown Over Ghost Town – and 2018 – following her collection of rare blues Down Hearted Blues – followed, and every time she paid us a visit, her ever-growing Australian audience marveled at her warmth and sly humor as well as her smoky voice and superb songs, and of course the stormy performances of her band, featuring ace twang master Jerry Miller on lead guitar.

March 2023 will finally see Eilen and her band in Australian once more, belatedly touring on the back of her latest album, 2019’s Gypsy.

EILEN JEWELL & BAND
Australian Tour March ’23

Fri 3 – ARCHIE’S CREEK HOTEL, VIC w/ The ReChords
on sale now
Sat 4 – THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC w/ The ReChords 
on sale now
Sun 5 – THE STAR HOTEL, YACKANDANDAH, VIC w/ Pete Denahy
on sale now
Tue 7 – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW w/ Lo Carmen
on sale now
Thu 9 – THORNBURY THEATRE, MELBOURNE, VIC w/ The ReChords
on sale now
Fri 10, Sat 11 – PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL, VIC 
on sale now
Sun 12 – LORETTA LYNN TRIBUTE SHOW, BRUNSWICK BALLROOM, MELBOURNE
on sale now
Tue 14 – THE ESPY, MELBOURNE, VIC w/ The ReChords
on sale now
Wed 15 – ELTHAM HOTEL, NSW w/ JB Paterson
on sale now
Thu 16 – THE ZOO, BRISBANE, QLD w/ JB Paterson
on sale now
Fri 17, Sat 18 – BLUE MOUNTAINS FOLK FESTIVAL, NSW 
On sale now

All info athttps://www.lovepolice.com.au/tours2023/eilenjewell

Eilen Jewell and band sing Loretta Lynn’s “Honky Tonk Girl”
Eilen Jewell – “Queen of the Minor Key” (Rockwiz)
 
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Maryanne is a writer and bass player. You can find her onstage with Monique Brumby.