Eilen Jewell returns to studio with Lorett Lynn covers band
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Eilen Jewell returns to studio with Lorett Lynn covers band

Friday, January 29, 2010 – Eilen Jewell can be found most of the time leading her own quartet, the Eilen Jewell Band, which plays traditional country music. But she is not limited to that.

The Idaho native also has a side project, the Sacred Shakers, which plays gospel music with a country beat. And now the Boston-area resident is about to go into the studio with yet another effort - a Loretta Lynn covers band.

Jewell said she was unsure whether the effort would be an EP or full-fledged CD. "That might depend upon what we want to show world," she said.

Jewell said Thursday that she and her band would go into a studio north of Boston on Monday to record the songs as the Butcher Holler band. That is the Kentucky area that was home to Lynn. During her show at Club Passim earlier in the evening, Jewell said she once opened a show for Lynn and had her sign her acoustic guitar.

Jewell said she expected the disc to be out on Signature Sounds. She also records for the western Massachusetts label with her band the Sacred Shakers.


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