Eilen Jewell, a Boise native now based in Boston, is doing her part to put Boise on the map. In July, she released Letters from Sinners & Strangers on the same record label, Signature Sounds, that currently carries Crooked Still, Tracy Grammer and Josh Ritter.
Jewell wrote most of the songs, but she does some covers as well. A cover of "Thanks a Lot" by Charlie Rich is rich with poignant emotion. She also covers Bob Dylan. On "Walking Down the Line," she sweetly sings "I've seen the morning light / It's not because I'm an early riser / I didn't get to sleep last night." This song also highlights Jerry Miller, a stellar guitarist from Tacoma, Wash., who is on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time." While his work with Jewell is more subtle than his earlier performances, his guitar genius is evident as he blends his instrument with her voice to make the music that much more memorable.
Jewell performs with her band at Alive After Five on Sept. 19, at 5 p.m., at the Centre on the Grove Plaza