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Keeping it simple: The haunting voice of American folk musician Eilen Jewell

The singer-songwriter, who has a devoted fan base, will perform at Spain’s Huercasa Country Festival along with other acts like Robert Finley, The Sadies and The Sheepdogs

Eilen Jewell
Eilen Jewell.
Fernando Navarro

American roots music can be proud of talents like Eilen Jewell. Her soulful voice speaks through simple yet profound melodies. After nearly 20 years, Jewell has earned her place among the luminaries of the American folk genre.

Like John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Tift Merritt and Allison Krauss, Jewell stands out as a great singer-songwriter rooted in the American tradition. She has gained a dedicated following with her unique style that blends folk with blues, country and jazz. Her beautiful and haunting voice enchants listeners, while her approach to music is refreshingly simple and grounded in tradition, free from any pretentious exploration.

Her standout albums, Letters from Sinners & Strangers and Sea of Tears were crafted to evoke delight, and showcased her immense talent and unique artistic identity. Her music had an intimate and natural feel, combining roots with a contemporary touch. Jewell wisely stays away from musical conceits, strange twists and grandiose elements. She makes mosaics of folk and related genres, often paying homage to country music legends like Loretta Lynn in Jewell’s Butcher Holler album. She followed that success with other laudable albums like Queen of the Minor Key and Down Hearted Blues.

Jewell is back in Spain to showcase her latest album, Get Behind the Wheel, which reveals a secret love of rockabilly music. She will perform at the Huercasa Country Festival in Riaza (central Spain) on July 14 and 15. The annual festival also features a lineup of fantastic American roots musicians, including The Sadies, The Sheepdogs, Jesse Daniel and Robert Finley.

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