The Duchess of Coolsville
Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Chuck E. Cheese is named for her hit song; Chicky Baby from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is modeled after her. Now in her fourth decade of performing and recording, Jones’ live performances have reached a pinnacle of honesty and excellence.
Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. Her second album Pirates is one of the seminal, most heralded recordings of pop music, with each song a cinematic journey through her breakdown and rise. Her latest album, The Other Side of Desire, was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Jones lives on the opposite side of the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. This is the first new music Jones has written in over a decade, and is garnering rave reviews.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“[Jones] still emotes with that singular conversational scat ‘n’ roll. She’s a jazz singer really – always has been.” – Mojo
“…one of the pre-eminent songwriters of our time.” -Uncut