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Eilen Jewell has paid her dues. She began her musical career as a busker on the streets of Santa Fe. After trying out the sands of Venice Beach, she made her way to Boston where she got off the pavement and into bars and clubs. Since her official debut record, "Boundary County," in 2006, Jewell's musical path has been a contemplation of all things Americana. Her distinct sound is flavored with everything from blues, country, and folk, to gospel, honky tonk, and rockabilly. If Hank Williams and the Kinks had a child, it would sound very much like Eilen Jewell.

Eilen Jewell performs Thursday, August 29, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $20-$25.