Crystal clear country crooner and Idaho native Eilen Jewell might look sweet in her signature black cowgirl boots, but the songwriter gravitates toward bad-girl ballads. On her 2007 album, Letters From Sinners and Strangers, Jewell sings about her ramblin' ways, meeting the girls to "drink all that high-shelf booze," and pulling up a seat at the bar on Heartache Boulevard.
Her attraction to salty country songs continues on 2010's Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, where Jewell covers "Fist City" and "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man."
But it's Jewell's 2011 album, Queen of the Minor Key, that captures her range, vacillating between boot-stompers like "Bang, Bang, Bang" and more weighty, emotional tracks.
Jewell moved back to Boise from Boston with husband/drummer Jason Beek and will perform at BCT Saturday, May 4.[ Video is no longer available. ]