Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eilen Jewell: Where They Never Say Your Name

I am not sure where I first heard this song by Eilen (pronounced EE-lynn) Jewell, but I believe that it was Mountain Stage from West Virginia Pubic Radio. I don’t know what attracted me to this song – it may be her “lazy” or "slurred" style of singing or it might just be the choice of instrumentation. I am not sure, but I like it nonetheless. I am featuring both a live and the studio version of her tune “Where They Never Say Your Name.” I guess that’s the antithesis of Cheers – “where everyone knows your name.”

Live Version

The live version of today’s tune features Eilen and her band performing live at WNRN in Charlottesville, VA on September 17, 2008. The sound balance on this recording is better than most radio station recordings. Jerry Glenn Miller is playing the Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar; Johnny Sciascia is on the double bass, and drummer Jason Beek handles the backbeat.

Studio Version

From the 2007 LP “Letters from Sinners & Strangers,” Daniel Kellar adds fiddle to this recording. I just love Jerry Glenn Miller’s guitar sound – so retro.

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