High Five

Eilen Jewell on being a Bostonian

Liz Linder

Eilen Jewell is a soulful songbird, merging blues, rockabilly, and folk into what has captivated many, especially Bostonian music lovers. Not only has Jewell received national attention from touring around the country and sharing the stage with artists such as Lucinda Williams, she is also known as a local artist, having shared years of her music at intimate venues all over Boston.

The Idaho native spent about nine years here, playing regularly at Club Passim, the Lizard Lounge, and Johnny D’s. Since she moved back to her home state recently, we asked what Jewell misses most about living in Boston.

1. “The ocean. In particular, Cape Ann. I made many happy memories there. Walden Pond too. Though it’s not the ocean, I miss Walden just as much. We used to go swimming there on warm nights, though I’m not sure how legal that was. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that, but guilty pleasures are sometimes the best ones.”


2. “That fantastic accent! Idahoans have an accent of their own, but it’s subtle. It’s not nearly so beautifully harsh and nuanced.”

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3. “The amazing diversity. I used to work as a nanny, and I loved going to parks in Boston with the kids and listening to all the hundreds of different languages being spoken there.”

4. “Catching a Red Sox game at Fenway.”

5. “Dining at my favorite restaurant, Ten Tables.”

Alex Stills

Eilen Jewell performs at the Sinclair in Cambridge on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at doors. 18+ 617-547-5200,

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