Paste: The big tent of the blues encompasses a host of styles, and Down Hearted Blues runs the gamut, from the scorching electric fury of Otis Rush’s “You Know My Love” to the jaunty swing of Little Walter’s “Crazy Mixed Up World” – both penned by the great Willie Dixon – to the unplugged elegance of Memphis Minnie’s “Nothing in Rambling.” Unlike clumsier white interpreters who have tried over the years to signify credibility by resorting to histrionics or tackling obvious standards (“Stormy Monday,” “Crossroads,” et al.), or both, Jewell doesn’t claim undue authenticity, happily remaining her resolutely unflappable self. This aversion to theatrics lets her spotlight the strong material, and if Down Hearted Blues moves listeners to seek out the originals of Charles Sheffield’s funky “It’s Your Voodoo Working” or Albert Washington’s mournful “You Gonna Miss Me,” so much the better.

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NPR Music: The result is a rootsy, rocking record-collectors’ love affair of old songs that Jewell and her husband and bandmate, drummer Jason Beek, have a fondness for. “We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” Jewell says about the new album, out on September 22 on Signature Sounds.

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NPR’s Morning Edition sat down with Eilen Jewell to talk about wanderlust, the ways in which she resembles the “Half-Broke Horse” on her record, the landscape of Idaho, and what it means to come home:

“Packed with vivid lyrics, steel guitars, and hot licks, Jewell’s Americana-driven brand of country music sounds tailor-made for sweltering, stagnant summer nights.”   – Eric Renner Brown, Entertainment Weekly

“Though her fifth album consists entirely of original songs, ‘Sundown Over Ghost Town’ feels like a welcome return to a set of classics you’ve known forever, gently touching on desire, loneliness, and the longing for home… Perfect for fans of Madeleine Peyroux.” – Jon Young, Mother Jones

“Evocative.”  – Craig Shelburne, CMT Edge

“Eilen Jewell is an artist to keep your eyes on… Fans may also hear a bit of Kacey Musgraves in her laid-back and effortless sound.”- Christina Vinson, The Boot

“Tantalizing… Wonderful voice… this slightly restrained, beautifully crafted and enticing Eilen Jewell disc proves she remains one of American’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” – American Songwriter, Hal Horowitz

“A revelatory journey rich with cinematic visions, elegant, sweet, and smoky vocals, and hauntingly autobiographical songs inspired by her return to the West.” Jeremy D. Bonfiglio, No Depression, May 28, 2015

“The most succinct and poignant album of her career… Excellent.” – Timothy Monger, All Music Guide

“8 stars… expressive grace and and imagery… barbed details… Her melodies create sonic landscapes, mostly of the mythic American West where human beings have the perspective of big open spaces to compare themselves with a wide-screen setting… The music sets the words off, like the Milky Way on a dark black night.” – Steve Horowitz, Pop Matters, May 28, 2015

“Masterful… Eilen! Eilen! Eilen!” – Mike Jurkovic, Elmore Magazine, May 28, 2015

“It’s not an overstatement to say that Eilen Jewell is Johnny Cash reincarnate… Jewell packs a punch that doesn’t bruise until after the meaning of her work sets into listeners’ bones.” – Kate Everson, Country Standard Time

“She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.” –  NPR Song of the Day

Actor Tom Hanks included Eilen as a “Summer Must” in Entertainment Weekly.

Listen to Eilen’s interview and performance on NPR’s World Cafe and on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show.

“Dark and haunting…but alluring just the same…Give me more of that voice.” – USA Today’s Pop Candy

“An undiscovered gem…a layered, shimmering pearl of an album that shines like cut crystal.” – American Songwriter

“We’re loving Eilen Jewell…smoky vocals and swinging rhythms.” –OK! Magazine

“Once you hear her, you can’t help but stick around for more.” – Pollstar

“Shimmering” – Mother Jones

“Emotionally raw and riveting.” – Boston Globe

“Not to be missed.” – No Depression

“[Jewell] embellishes the classic Nashville vocal approach with appealing measures of blues, pop, and jazz.” – New Yorker

“A major accomplishment.” – Boise Weekly

“With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, box-car soul.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

“Must-listen alt-country.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“One will become “Hooked.” Don’t be afraid of getting caught.” – PopMatters