unusual mixture of off-the-wall lyrics and diverse musical sounds including:
Acoustic& Electric Guitar, Bass, Brushes & Snare set, and occasionally
Banjo. James Jewell & Shew delivers a fresh dose of crazy mixed-up new-edge
folk/rock & roll while tipping their hat to likes of Johnny Cash, Roger
Miller, and the Violent Femmes. They grab from traditional Folk, Country
& Western, Blue Grass, and Rock & Roll styles to present some James
Jewell tunes that you just can't resist!
Jewell - Singer/Songwriter
plays electric & acoustic Guitar. And moves carefully around on stage
the pots and the pans are dancing in the kitchen, their having themselves
a feast and we're outside bitchin'."
a performer he is captivating. His wacky pseudo-philosophical sense
of humor connects easily with the audience; "There are holes in our
actions, and that's understood; there are holes in our pain, sometimes
we feel good ".
Harborfield - Plays
Bass and sings.
most recently has played Guitar in the Experimental Circus Rock band,
Poor Luther's Bones, and Retro 40's Western-Vaudeville act, The Sunday
Fellows. But reverse fifteen Years and you'd find him playing Bass in
a Country-Gospel Group, touring the North-East on weekends. Those Country
bass lines stuck but never had the chance to resurface until he hooked
up with the talents of James Jewell.
Macfarlane - Plays Drums and sings.
Shew's newest member. He has a knack for playing those Happening Shuffles
that make you feel you're coming 'round the bend on some old steam locomotive.
Andrew's experience in various bands lends to giving the band that signature
"Shew" sound. And if you see him at a show, there's no doubt he's having
a good time. James Jewell & Shew formed in the fall of '96 when bassist
David Harborfield started joining singer/songwriter James Jewell for
Berks county open mics. By winter '97 Shew had rounded out their sound
adding drums, banjo, dobro, melodica and trombone.With this line-up
Shew released their 1st CD, "Wasted" in February '99. Since then Shew
has been stripped down to a trio of guitar, bass and drums.
CAN HEAR JAMES JEWELL AND SHEW AT
North Star Bar - Philadelphia
Doc Watson's Pub - Philadelphia
Sidewalk Cafe - NYC
CB's 113 Gallery - NYC
Brass Lantern - Reading, Pa
Tommy's Cafe -Reading, PA
Alexanders - New Jerusalem, PA
Arch Street Hotel - Catasaqua, PA
The Funhouse - Bethlehem, PA
John & Peter's - New Hope, PA