Eilen Jewell with Opener Hillfolk Noir presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 10/20/18Saturday, October 20 2018 6:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Start / Ends 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)
Eilen Jewell with Opener Hillfolk Noir presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 10/20/18
at City Winery Nashville
- 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)
Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music.
“We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word early in front of it.”
For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, on Signature Sounds, they unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.
Hillfolk Noir’s touring line up consists of:
Travis Ward: Guitar, suitcase and singing
Alison Ward: Musical saw, washboard, banjo and singing
Mike Waite: Double bass
Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, James McMurtry, Deer Tick, Gourds, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Devil Makes Three, Charlie Parr, Dark Dark Dark, Pert Near Sandstone, Horse Feathers, Finn Riggins, Gerald Collier, Caleb Klauder, Train, Glen Phillips, Mike Coykendall, Jesse Dayton, Loudon Wainright III, Rosalie Sorrels, Trampled By Turtles, Elephant Revival, Eilen Jewel, and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of.