03/10/07 - Music: Eilen Jewell, Amy LaVere
Musically speaking, each of these ladies has been moving me for awhile. Ms Jewell, who has a terrific record out called Boundary County, just played a house concert at my home a week ago that left the 50+ attendees pretty stunned. She's got the voice, the songs and the band to garner attention beyond our little New England folk & roots scene. While her debut record leans heavy in a bluesy, slow groove direction, the new stuff she previewed here last Saturday night swings real good. Her band is lock-step with her and judging by the knowing grins before and after songs, you can tell they too know it's all clicking. Guitarist Jerry Miller, of Jack Smith & Rockabilly Planet fame, is a vital cog in Eilen's arsenal and works the steel guitar and Gibson like the master he is giving Eilen's songs dimensions that few 6-stringer's can provide. Catch 'em while you can.
On another not, another gal singer/songwriter lighting me up is Amy LaVere. Based out of Memphis and working that stand-up bass like she owns it, LaVere's voice is a bit of an acquired taste. We'll delve into her down the line.
Oh yeah, how 'bout them Rhody Rams knocking off Xavier! NCAAs? Why the heck not! Later....
posted by Boudin Dan, 03/10/07