The ongoing and surprisingly successful Songs:Illinois House Concert Series is back this Sunday, September 16. We’ve got a great lineup and you’re not invited. Well not exactly but if you do live within an hours drive of Chicago, and you just have to come out, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do. To help the artists we raise as much money as possible by passing the proverbial hat and I also promise to spread a little more ink about the groups we feature. Of course the groups we feature are Songs:Illinois favorites so writing a bit more about them is easy.
This week we welcome the Eilen Jewell Band from Boston (by way of Idaho) and ? from Austin (I can’t say who due to contractual reasons with a nearby club). So mostly I’ll talk about Eilen which is no way minimizing our other act. Eilen’s been in the news a bit lately with rave 4 Star reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and The Irish Times, as well as being the featured artist last week on NPR’s World Cafe syndicated show.
It’s safe to say I’m in love with her new record, Sinners and Saints. It hits all the right Americana notes by mixing western swing, texan alt-country with northern jazz and folk. It’s the real deal. I’ve already linked a plenty to Sinners and Saints, so here’s the title track from her debut cd, “Boundary County”. Order it here.
“Rich Man’s World” from Sinners and Saints