Why We Write with Kim Ruehl, Eps. 46: Eilen Jewell

It makes sense, somehow, that Eilen Jewell started her life as a performing singer-songwriter by busking on the streets of Santa Fe. There is something deeply mystical and spiritual about her narrative songwriting, even when it veers into the darkness of her rockabilly vibes. That she honed her craft in the highly literary Boston singer-songwriter scene is just the icing on top.

Across her ten studio albums, she has displayed her remarkable songwriting chops. The latest, Get Behind the Wheel, is a paean to independence and all the good and bad that comes with it. On this episode of the Why We Write podcast, she talks about where that newfound independence came from, the decline and fall of her marriage to her longtime manager and musical partner, and how writing these songs helped her find her way back to her self.

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More: Read Henry Carrigan’s review of Get Behind the Wheel.

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