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Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« on: August 23, 2015, 04:34:19 PM »
It was just over 20 years ago that an Alaskan songwriter named Jewel made her debut with Pieces of You, a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop princess. And on September 11th, the "Who Will Save Your Soul" singer will release Picking Up the Pieces, Rolling Stone Country can exclusively confirm, her first collection of new material since 2010 and a follow-up, of sorts, to that breakthrough LP in both subject and spirit.

Jewel produced the 14-song collection herself in Nashville, recruiting an A-list session band including 2014's ACM Guitar Player of the Year Rob McNelley and frequent Neil Young collaborators like drummer Chad Cromwell as an ode to Ben Keith, with whom she worked on Pieces of You and was a staple figure in the Young world before his death in 2010.

Any self-referential notes in Picking Up the Pieces are fully intentional: After giving birth to her son, divorcing her husband and dabbling in both children's music and country, Jewel wanted to return to the signature stripped-down folk-pop that gave her one of the best-selling debuts of all time.

"It's really a time capsule," Jewel told Rolling Stone in a 1997 cover story about Pieces of You. "When I recorded it, I thought, 'No one's gonna hear it. I'm just going to be honest and put it down on tape.' I didn't really clean up all the edges." It's since been certified 12x Platinum.

Though evocative of her earliest years, Picking Up the Pieces is still also true to her country side, with "My Father's Daughter," a collaboration with Dolly Parton that tells the story of Jewel's father and grandmother, the later whom emigrated from Europe and was an aspiring opera singer. Jewel released her first country album, Perfectly Clear, in 2008, and played June Carter Cash in the Lifetime TV movie Ring Of Fire. And she's got one heck of a mountain yodel.

Picking Up the Pieces will include new songs (“Love Used to Be,” “Mercy") as well as unrecorded tracks that have long made the rounds at Jewel's live shows like “Carnivore” and “Boy Needs a Bike," both of which she's been playing since the mid-Nineties and are pure Lilith Fair-era wandering folk narratives with her signature balance of gritty growl and sweet whisper.

"My focus for this CD was to forget everything I have learned about the music business the last 20 years and get back to what my bones have to say about songs and words and feeling and meaning," Jewel writes on her blog. "I let go of genre, radio, trend, current events, and clever strategies. I let go of it all — which was no small feet as those voices are so deeply penetrating after 20 years of doing this professionally. It took real effort to clear my thoughts and have no rules and just create."

Jewel will also release her memoir, Never Broken, on September 15th. Picking Up the Pieces will be available September 11th, via Sugar Hill Records and is now available for pre-order here.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jewel-returns-to-folk-roots-on-picking-up-the-pieces-album-20150728#ixzz3jgTma6HH
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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 04:34:42 PM »




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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2015, 04:40:34 PM »
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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2015, 04:41:17 PM »
Jewel’s Picking Up The Pieces tracklist:

1. Love Used To Be
2. A Boy Needs A Bike
3. Everything Breaks
4. Family Tree
5. It Doesn’t Hurt Right Now
6. His Pleasure Is My Pain
7. Here When Gone
8. The Shape of You
9. Plain Jane
10. Pretty Face Fool
11. Nicotine Love
12. Carnivore
13. My Father’s Daughter (feat. Dolly Parton)
14. Mercy

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2015, 04:44:00 PM »
Official Press Release:


http://www.jeweljk.com/articles.html?n_id=2674

07.28.2015
JEWEL RETURNS TO HER ROOTS WITH PERSONAL NEW ALBUM PICKING UP THE PIECES

Folk-influenced LP out Sept. 11 on Sugar Hill Records, offers fans 14 new tracks; Available for pre-order here now.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ­ (July 28, 2015) ­-- She first appeared on the scene like a supernova and now, just five years since her last singer-songwriter album, Jewel is returning to the deep, personal territory and folk sound that made her one of music's most exciting young voices when she released the transcendentPieces of You.

As revealed by RollingStone.com this morning, Jewel will release her new album Picking Up the Pieces onSept. 11 through Sugar Hill Records, now available for pre-orderhere. She self-produced the 14-track LP - with her first producer, the lateBen Keith, always in mind – and hired a band comprised mostly of Neil Young collaborators to help her strip away the veneer she’d built up over two decades in the music business.

“This is just me. These are my thoughts. These are my feelings. This is my poetry,” Jewel said. “It really felt like returning to a part of me that I didn’t mean to lose, but with time and relationships and life and surviving and dealing, you take on new things and not all of them are great.”

The last five years have been full of change, both personal and creative, for the 41-year-old Alaska-born singer. Her 4-year-old son Kase was born, but her marriage fell apart. She wrote her memoir,Never Broken, and recorded a pair of children’s albums. Picking Up the Pieces captures some of these moments on “Love Used to Be” and “Mercy,” but also gathers longtime unrecorded live favorites like “Carnivore” and “Boy Needs a Bike.” The album also includes “My Father’s Daughter,” a stunning autobiographical collaboration withDolly Parton.

Jewel said she wanted to make an album where she didn’t feel “diluted”: “I was trying to keep my mind quiet and honestly get back to something I feel like I’d lost touch with in my life. It was really an exercise in shutting out fear. I was giving myself permission to be exactly who and what I was.”
For more information about Jewel, Picking Up the Pieces and tour dates, check in at www.JewelJK.com. And follow @jeweljk on Twitter.

About Jewel
Spending the past several years alternating between penning her memoir, Never Broken, and recording a pair of children’s albums, Jewel is set to return with her first proper album of new music since 2010’s Sweet and Wild.  Picking Up The Pieces, which serves as a “bookend” to the Alaskan-born singer’s landmark, multi-platinum-selling debut, 1995’s Pieces Of You, is some of Jewel’s most striking work yet: front and center is the iconic singer-songwriter’s world-renowned vocals, laser-sharp songcraft and intricate guitarwork. “It was time in my life to do this,” Jewel, who Rolling Stone calls “one of the most richly idiomatic pop singers of her generation,” explains of the 14-track LP, recorded in Nashville with seasoned musicians, and featuring road-tested fan favorites (“Carnivore,” “Boy Needs A Bike”) alongside groundbreaking new tracks (“Love Used To Be”) and a stunning collaboration with country legend Dolly Parton (“My Father’s Daughter”). Says Jewel: “I wanted the album to be purely an extension of my soul.”

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2015, 06:39:25 AM »
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49.63%.  :flower:

Let's break that 50% mark, folks....
That's proving to be a tough nut to crack. I just voted and she's at 49.13%. 2nd place Thomas Rhett is under 19%, though. Someone's voting for Alabama, too- they're approaching 16%.

OH WAIT I POSTED THIS ON THE WRONG BOARD D:

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 Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  48.05% 

 Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  12.22% 

 Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  14.94% 

 Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.85% 

 Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  17.83% 

 Don Henley, 'Cass County'  6.11% 


Read More: Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of September 2015 | http://theboot.com/most-anticipated-album-september-2015-poll/?trackback=tsmclip

This is status of voting at 11:26 pm CST  :thinking:

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2015, 06:43:58 AM »
I just came here to mention that poll. Some Eagles fans must have gotten together yesterday because Henley is dominating. He was at, like, 4% this time yesterday, and behold:

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Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  46.63%
 
 
Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  11.54%
 
 
Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  14.1%
 
 
Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.8%
 
 
Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  16.83%
 
 
Don Henley, 'Cass County'  10.1%
 
 
 


Read More: Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of September 2015 | http://theboot.com/most-anticipated-album-september-2015-poll/?trackback=tsmclip

Battle stations!

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2015, 06:46:51 AM »
All four remaining Eagles fans that aren't just former frat boys reminiscing about their drunken nights caterwauling Hotel California at 3 AM have assembled!

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2015, 12:49:15 PM »
All four remaining Eagles fans that aren't just former frat boys reminiscing about their drunken nights caterwauling Hotel California at 3 AM have assembled!

Jess, I swear I'm not voting for Don, so it must be the other three guys!! :blush:
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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2015, 03:53:37 PM »
I just came here to mention that poll. Some Eagles fans must have gotten together yesterday because Henley is dominating. He was at, like, 4% this time yesterday, and behold:

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Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  46.63%
 
 
Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  11.54%
 
 
Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  14.1%
 
 
Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.8%
 
 
Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  16.83%
 
 
Don Henley, 'Cass County'  10.1%
 
 
If all the Eagles fans started voting and they only got to 10%, that's so sad. :rofl2:




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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2015, 07:40:33 PM »
Jess, I swear I'm not voting for Don, so it must be the other three guys!! :blush:
:lol:

Awesome new username, BTW.

If all the Eagles fans started voting and they only got to 10%, that's so sad. :rofl2:
They're still coming at us! Henley will be all alone in 2nd place tomorrow at this pace. Votevotevote!

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Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  45.64%
 
Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  10.47%
 
Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  13.81%
 
Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.87%
 
Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  15.55%
 
Don Henley, 'Cass County'  13.66%

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2015, 07:48:28 PM »
45.65% - just now   :blueguitar:

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2015, 08:17:53 PM »
45.65% - just now   :blueguitar:
Now that's interesting to see. It looks as if you voted right after I did, and it moved the needle 1/100th of a percentage point. The total vote count is getting pretty high. That's why it surprised me that Henley gained about nine points in a day and a half.

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2015, 08:29:05 PM »



Thank you for voting!



 Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  45.81% 

 Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  10.4% 

 Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  13.73% 

 Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.87% 

 Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  15.46% 

 Don Henley, 'Cass County'  13.73% 


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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2015, 08:34:03 PM »



Thank you for voting!



 Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  45.89% 

 



 


 Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  10.39% 

 



 


 Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  13.71% 

 



 


 Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.87% 

 



 


 Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  15.44% 

 



 


 Don Henley, 'Cass County'  13.7% 

 

I you completely clear your chache of cookies and so forth, it doesn't realize you just voted.  I sould o to bed.  I'm getting pretty lame, AND, I'm not working which was the entire purpose of staying up. :unsure:

 



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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2015, 08:45:57 PM »



Thank you for voting!



 Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  46.12%
 Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  10.34%
 Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  13.65% 
 Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.86% 
 Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  15.37% 
 Don Henley, 'Cass County'  13.65% 

Yup.  Just have to clear the cahce and cookies and you can do it all night.

 



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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2015, 09:14:42 PM »
46.88% - G'night!

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2015, 10:53:57 PM »
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Jewel, 'Picking Up the Pieces'  47.05%

Brett Eldredge, 'Illinois'  10.11%

Alabama, 'Southern Drawl'  13.48%

Mac McAnally, 'A.K.A. Nobody'  0.84%

Thomas Rhett, 'Tangled Up'  15.03%

Don Henley, 'Cass County'  13.48%

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2015, 05:42:38 AM »
I can't wait for this album! I know it's only around 2 weeks away but I want it nowwwwww

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Re: Jewel Returns to Folk Roots on 'Picking Up the Pieces' Album
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2015, 06:28:44 AM »
Oh why won't this leak!?  :LoudMouth: