Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell returned to NYC after her recent supporting gig with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite boys at the Bell House. She was at Joe's Pub on Wednesday, June 16th in support of her upcoming album 'Queen of the Minor Key', released June 28 by Signature Sounds. Jewell performed with a trio of backing musicians, Jason Beck (drums) and Johnny Sciascia (bass) who provided simple and supportive background leaving lots of room for guitarist Jerry Miller's versatile and ornate twang. Eilen's cool, economically focused voice came though most strongly on the beautiful ballad 'Over Again' and country boogie shuffle 'Bang Bang Bang', a song about a deranged 2-year old cupid firing recklessly at a gun show.
Alicia Keys performed an intimate solo piano set for lucky fans at Joe's Pub, a venue that she had played over a decade ago prior to the success of her debut album 'Songs in A Minor'. The show was announced earlier in the day via social media and had everyone at the venue a-flutter with anticipation. My friends at Joe's Pub needed a photographer to cover this very special event and I was lucky and appreciative to get the invite. These are a few of my favorite images: (© Jacob Blickenstaff, 2011, usage requests please contact me.)
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