Eilen Jewell’s ‘Butcher Holler’ community blog and contest
NOTE: This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered, and feel free to keep contributing to this wiki.
It’s no secret that Eilen Jewell has been hugely influenced by the work of Loretta Lynn. After all, the guitar she plays in her live shows was autographed by the envelope-pushing singer-songwriter. Now, to pay tribute to her hero, Jewell is releasing an album called Eilen Jewell Presents Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. In the liners, Jewell writes:
“…A toast: to the woman with more banned songs than anyone can count; to that voice that reaches the very grain of the theater walls around her; to our national treasure. Gratitude is not enough, so I sing these songs for any who will listen.”
The disc drops on Signature Sounds this week, and the fine folks at that label are giving us ten autographed copies to pass on to some lucky No Depression community members.
While we were coming up with interesting ways to give these discs away, we found some interesting information about Ms. Jewell. For example, she’s also a member of the Sacred Shakers. Her guitar player played with J. Geils (but not in the J. Geils Band). Her touring rhythm section is borrowed from the Tarbox Ramblers. And then, of course, there’s a wealth of information and trivia surrounding Loretta Lynn.
We decided, rather than run a standard commenting contest, we’d like to create a sort of Eilen-and-Loretta wiki post. The above paragraph started it off, with a few trivia facts. We’ll close this post out with a video of Jewell performing “Fist City” (which is the opening track on Butcher Holler). Then we’ll hand it over to you.
Post a comment on this blog to add value to our wiki: embed a video from YouTube, share an excerpt of a biography, dig up a trivia item about Eilen or Loretta (or both), excerpt an article or review of the disc (but be sure to credit your source)…you get the idea. The more, the merrier. We’ll keep these comments open until 11:59 p.m. PST on Aug. 2, 2010. The next day, we’ll choose 10 commenters at random to receive an autographed copy of the disc.
NOTE: All entries must be posted as comments on this blog post. Entries posted as separate blog posts – whether on this site or elsewhere – will not be considered in the contest, nor will comments on Twitter or Facebook. To comment on this post, scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your comment in the comment box. If you have any questions about how to comment on a blog post on this site, please let us know.
Here’s that video:
Now it’s your turn. What do you have?