Wed., July 24, Eilen Jewell
The Palms Playhouse, 8 p.m., $20
Eilen Jewell's voice sounds like it might come from a smoky bar just short of closing time, her sultry croon enough to raise the barometric pressure. The jazzy country-blues style of her first few albums recalls Jolie Holland and Billie Holiday. Like Holland, Jewell has moved beyond narrow nostalgia to embrace a wider palette. A rockabilly flavor pops up on 2009's Sea of Tears and she explores torchy cabaret-blues during 2011's Queen of the Minor Key, with a Loretta Lynn tribute album in between. Like a flat Western landscape, Jewell's evocative vocals emanate parched beauty and desolation, dovetailing with the lost, wistful tone of the songs. 13 Main Street in Winters, www.eilenjewell.com.