American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as, “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind.

That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on Gypsy (August, 2019 Signature Sounds Recordings). By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs.

Jewell seamlessly blends heavy electric guitars and dirty fiddles on the rollicking country rocker “Crawl” with the sweet and understated horn section of the tender “Witness. "79 Cents (The Meow Song)" skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor over a circus bed of musical saw and horns.

Longtime fans who love Eilen Jewell in classic country mode will delight in the pedal steel driven "These Blues" and the sole cover on Gypsy, "You Cared Enough To Lie,” written by fellow Idahoan and country legend Pinto Bennett.

Rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these twelve tracks propel Eilen Jewell’s eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full-length.

Zack Dupont

Zack Dupont is a Burlington, VT-based independent songwriter and guitarist. Active since 2008 (w/ The Dupont Brothers & Japhy Ryder), music has led him all over North America to festivals like SXSW, The Cambridge River Fest, The Shigawake Agricultural Fair and Music Festival and Grand Point North. Poetic lyrical imagery, finger-style guitar work, looping rhythms and drones with free form improvisation make for each set to be unique to the moment. Zack has shared the stage with a slew of nationally touring artists like Grace Potter, Taj Mahal, Pat Benatar, Blake Mills, Becca Stevens, Julian Lage, Sturgill Simpson, Phoebe Bridgers, Bahamas, Sam Amidon and Tyler Ramsey.

“Simply put, Dupont is an elite guitarist. Here and throughout the album, his attention to dynamic subtlety — in addition to immaculate technical polish and engaging melody lines — is remarkable.

Similarly, Dupont’s vocal performance is intimate, nuanced and affecting. He appears to take as much care with his hushed delivery as he does with his impressively understated guitar work.

Each of his talents works fully in concert with the others. Imagine M. Ward collaborating with Iron and Wine. The word you’re looking for is, sublime.” -Dan Bolles, Seven Days VT

“Bootlegs Vol. 1 is exactly what it should be: raw, beautiful music from the heart. These songs unfold over repeated listens, and the track list is carefully calibrated. Even at seven songs, many of them short, Bootlegs still seems like an album, demanding and rewarding your attention.” - Justin Boland, Seven Days VT

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