Eilen Jewell could have so easily slid into the safe coffeehouse scene. And judging by the precisely appointed acoustic folk of her debut, Boundary County
, she could have owned and remodeled it. Instead, the Boston-based waif has turned hard toward rockabilly and hillbilly swing, following her idol Loretta Lynn down country and blues roads and making her own detours into after-midnight jazz. Her latest album, Queen of the Minor Key
, gives a champion band plenty of room for instrumentals and '50s-style honky-tonk, all imagined with Jewell's circumspect eye for detail.
Last Time: For her previous St. Louis appearance, Jewell focused on her Loretta Lynn tribute Butcher Holler. She's no coal miner's daughter, but her voice might make you believe otherwise.