Jewel celebrates release of latest album with concert

Photo by Fred Greissing

Photo by Fred Greissing

The concert will be stripped down, solo and acoustic -- the way Jewel was raised performing while growing up in Alaska.

The 36-year-old singer-songwriter, who went country in 2008, likens the audience experience to hanging out, getting to know her in the comfort of her own living room.

"I love playing solo acoustic. It's one of the most difficult things to achieve, to pull off, but it's the most rewarding," she said. "Being able to go out on stage with no set list and no plans creates such an intimate environment that you really can't do with a band or in a bigger venue."

Coming off Tuesday's release of her sophomore country album, "Sweet and Wild," Jewel will perform tonight at the Cobb Energy Centre, one stop on her 20-city Star Light Cafe Tour singing songs spanning her 17-year career, including radio favorites from her debut album, songs that helmed her foray into country music, as well as some of the more than 500 songs she's never released, ones her fans know from bootleg recordings.

"They've written down lyrics in case I forget them and they'll request them," Jewel said.

Going without a set list is something she has taken from her dad, who was also a singer-songwriter.

"I think reading the crowd is very important," Jewel said. "I think if you plan out your show ahead of time you have the potential for leaving the crowd behind. (When you don't use a set list) it's more like a dance."