(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Noir-rocker Eilen Jewell and surf-rock guitar band Los Straitjackets kick off the weekend with a doubleheader at Club Helsinki on Friday, June 1, 2012, at 9pm. Jewell, the self-styled “Queen of the Minor Key,” is performing after releasing a honky-tonk-flavored album of the same name; Los Straitjackets are about to release a single version of the Rolling Stones’s “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” recorded with Sarah Borges, herself a favorite of the Helsinki crowd., Eilen Jewell proves herself a smart cookie with a heart of burnished gold and enough stories to keep even the rowdiest crowd hanging on her every word.
Queen of the Minor Key is the first Eilen Jewell album to feature a significant number of guest players, even as she continues to work in close consort with her longtime trio of drummer Jason Beek, guitarist Jerry Miller, and upright bassist Johnny Sciascia. A native of Boise, Idaho, Jewell has recorded a full-length album of Loretta Lynn songs, as well as several recordings of her own songs and an album of country gospel called The Sacred Shakers.
For over a dozen years and as many recordings, Los Straitjackets have been reviving the classic guitar-rock sound of Dick Dale, the Ventures, Link Wray, Duane Eddy, and the Shadows. The group entertains in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks and gold Aztec medallions. Los Straitjackets have recorded a Christmas album and versions of songs by Nirvana and TV and movie theme songs.
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Club Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia St.