Few singer/songwriters in American history are as distinctive and wide ranging as Rickie Lee Jones. Jones brings her inimical style to The Cedar on October 23. Details and tickets can be found HERE.
Rickie Lee Jones literally exploded onto the scene in 1979 with her first self titled release. The song Chuck E’s In Love rocketed up the charts while other tunes like Easy Money and Last Chance Texaco, Weasel and The White Boys and Coolsville showed she was no one hit wonder. That early demo circulating the LA scene had major labels bidding for her services and Warner Bros won that battle. No wonder the debut was a hit. She was assisted on the album by Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Randy Newman and the Mike Scott horns.
The ensuing years have seen The Duchess crank out 16 studio albums along with Live From Red Rocks. Her 2007 New West effort Sermon From Exposition Boulevard stands as an often overlooked masterpiece. The most consistent thing about Jones is that she has constantly forged new paths and found new inspirations. This reviewer has seen her on three previous occasions and each performance was as sublime as it was different from the others. Her newest album, Kicks, was released in June of this year and has also met with critical success.
Kicks finds Jones reinterpreting a laundry list of old classics including Mack The Knife, Bad Company, Elton John’s My Father’s Gun, Steve Miller’s Quicksilver Girl and America’s Lonely People. When mixed with music from her earlier efforts, the set list promises to be exciting. Coupled with her unique phrasing and delivery, fans of American music are in for a treat.