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Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones' story starts off like almost any modern day Nashville starlet; only she left home at an early age in the 1970s to waitress in Los Angeles instead of Music City. And rather than hooking up with Harlan Howard or Kris Kristofferson, she bonded with a young Tom Waits who shared her adoration for jazzy folk songs, gripping narratives and beatnik styled live monologues. She busted out with her self-titled debut in 1979 and hit high on the charts with the jazzy R&B folk pop hit "Chuck E's in Love," a rhythmically constructed ditty about singer/songwriter Chuck E. Weiss (an obsession of hers who would find his way into many more of her lyrics). Although she has been compared to Joni Mitchell time and time again, Jones' songs are much more rooted in free-form arrangements (as much as free-form can be arranged) as well as elastic vocal inflections that exude more style and grace than vocal gymnastics. But she's also quite the powerful balladeer as heard on the romantic and wistful "On Saturday Afternoons In 1963."

Rickie Lee Jones Concert Films

  • Live at Soundstage

    Rickie Lee Jones

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 54 min

    Rickie Lee Jones is one of the most complex singer-songwriters of our time. Her career, which spans nearly three decades, has been full of unique musical expression. Jones’ style has crossed many genres including folk, rock, jazz, soul, spoken word and pop. Her voice echoes that of a 40’s jazz era performer, and has been an influence to many of today’s performers including Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos.

    Rickie Lee Jones’s inimitable Soundstage performance is a celebration of her career. She performs the classic songs “Coolsville” and “Last Chance Texaco” as well as many selections from her new album Sermon on Exposition Boulevard. Highlights include “Falling Up” and “Nobody Knows My Name.”
  • Live in Stockholm

    Rickie Lee Jones

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    2010 marked the 30th anniversary of the dawn of Rickie Lee Jones' storied recording career, which exploded in 1979 with her self-titled debut album and its top 10 hit, "Chuck E's In Love." Jones had an immediate impact on pop culture, enjoying the massive buzz, an instantaneous Rolling Stone cover, and winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Three decades' later and she's still one of the most vital, distinctive and instantly recognizable voices in music. As evidence, March 7, 2010 a very special night in Stockholm, Sweden at the historic and regal Berns Salonger, built in 1862. Rickie delivered to a packed house the best of her catalog from her debut album all the way up to her latest release. It's all captured on this remarkable evening that no one in attendance will likely forget.

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