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Rickie Lee Jones: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 12 February 1983

IT'S ALREADY well known how the great Casting Director in the sky limited women to a few suffocating roles in American popular culture: the mother ...

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Rickie Lee Jones (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 23 October 1991

The boho queen talks about her covers album Pop Pop, songwriting and song choices, working with Don Was and her unlikely friendship with Scotland's The Blue Nile

File format: mp3; file size: 30.5mb; Interview length: 33' 16"; sound quality: **

Rickie Lee Jones (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2009

Ms. Jones goes album-by-album, from her eponymous debut in 1979 to 2009's Balm in Gilead. The songs, the players and producers, and the whys and wherefores of each.

File format: mp3; file size: 65.5mb, interview length: 1h 11' 34" sound quality: * (phoner)

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Chuck E. Weiss: Hanger-Out Is Moving Up

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 1979

CHUCK E.'S IN business. Thanks to Rickie Lee Jones' hit single 'Chuck E.'s in Love', one of L.A.'s perennial hangers-out is emerging from the shadows ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Cocktails for Kerouac and an appointment with the Hype Machine

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 9 June 1979

ABOUT THE crassest tag anyone has tried to hang on Rickie Lee Jones is that she’s "the female Tom Waits". It is also the kind ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 23 June 1979

CHUCK E.’S IN the audience. Got up just in time for the show. No doubt Chuck E.’s also in love. He’s definitely in business. The ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 22 September 1979

THE LONG cool sleaze of Rickie Lee Jones wafted through the Dominion Theatre with a balmy breeze that fulfilled the expectations of those who'd come ...

Sheet Music

Essay by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 31 July 1982

IS EVERYTHING AS wonderful as it seems in the current reiteration of the Song? ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Songs From a Bohemian Past

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 10 August 1982

RICKIE LEE Jones appeared out of nowhere in 1979 with a stunning self-titled debut album. The mysterious bohemian blonde — who comes to the Merriweather ...

American Pirate On The Rocks: Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 9 July 1983

On a rare visit from her new home in France, Rickie Lee Jones lays down her cutlass and beret to discuss the songwriter's art, dissect ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Girl At Her Volcano

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, October 1983

IT SEEMS APT that Rickie Lee Jones's Girl At Her Volcano begins at a point near the end of her live set ("We love you!" ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Magazine (Warner Bros)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, October 1984

For song, as sung by you, is ... notWooing of something finally attained.Far other is the breath of real singing.An aimless breath. A stirring in ...

The World According to Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, 12 December 1984

RICKIE LEE JONES is telling a story on the radio: "In the dreamscape where you write, there are people who shadow you. Like I have ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Flying Cowgirl

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, Elle, September 1989

RICKIE LEE Jones's first album in five years, Flying Cowboys, offers a ride on one of those coin-operated broncos most of us rode when we ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Keeping Her Cool

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, The Guardian, 25 October 1989

Shot to stardom 10 years ago, Rickie Lee Jones has fought her way back – no less cool but much more confident. Mark Cooper reports ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Flying Cowboys

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, 2 November 1989

Flying Cowboys simultaneously bears the distinctive mark of Rickie Lee Jones's wild, unruly talent and continues the steady process by which her art is achieving ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian, March 1991

AS ANY OF the fans who have helped to sell out her shows in London and Glasgow this weekend will know, Rickie Lee Jones likes ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Traffic From Paradise (Geffen GED24602 CD/MC/LP)

Review by Ian Penman, The Wire, November 1993

RICKIE LEE Jones continues on her own singular way, making records which will not reap her the Four Non Blondes audience, will not return her ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The War Of The Berets

Interview by Rob Steen, MOJO, November 1993

England gives Rickie Lee Jones the creeps. We are unkind, unhappy, un-rhythmic, tight-arsed and extremely white. ...

Rickie Lee Jones Follows Own Beat

Interview by Charles Bermant, USA Today, 5 June 1997

IT HAS BEEN 18 years since Rickie Lee Jones breezed in with the eccentric bop of 'Chuck E.'s in Love'. A one-hit wonder on radio, ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Ghostyhead

Review and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, September 1997

The marriage of beat poetry with hip hop beats. Released in the UK on September 29 before one-off London show on October 13. ...

Keeping Up With Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, 25 June 2000

SINCE HER 1979 emergence, Rickie Lee Jones has always whipped myriad influences into her own musical blender. Now she's turning the tables. ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Life On The Edge

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2000

"EVERYBODY," Rickie Lee Jones sang on her 1997 album Ghostyhead, "starts out pure, starts out ridiculous, starts out beautiful..." And then? And then, says Jones ...

Rickie Lee Jones at the Jazz Cafe

Live Review by Ian Penman, The Guardian, 10 February 2001

RICKIE LEE JONES is something of an anomaly. Her latest album, It's Like This, has just been nominated for a Grammy – but how many ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Evening Of My Best Day

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 2003

Former L.A. hipster, now a mother and keen gardener, starts a new songwriting life after a six-year drought. ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Evening Of My Best Day

Review and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, December 2003

Cherished US singer-songwriter back on form ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by John L. Walters, The Guardian, 16 December 2003

NINE MUSICIANS stroll on to a stage packed with stringed instruments, keyboards, horns and percussion. Four of them are wearing hats, and under the coolest ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Devil in Miss Jones

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, The Independent, 16 January 2004

Rickie Lee Jones has always had her demons - and now she's living in the America of George Bush and Jeffrey Dahmer. ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2004

YOU KNOW WHEN someone announces they're off their face on drugs, and after that, whether they're joking or not, you notice something a little askew ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Sermon On Exposition Boulevard

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2007

Startling Return Of L.A.'s Duchess Of Coolsville. ...

School of Rock Study Guide: Singer-Songwriters

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, iTunes, October 2008

"WHERE DO YOU have left to go but in?" It was a question posed by Joni Mitchell, the brilliant Canadian blonde who specialized in intensely ...

Album by Album: Rickie Lee Jones

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

THOUGH SHE will always carry the pop albatross that was her Top 5 hit 'Chuck E's in Love' (1979), Rickie Lee Jones remains one of ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Bohemian Rhapsody

Interview by Bob Mehr, MOJO, July 2011

Fuelled by a bitter split with lover Tom Waits, scarred by spiraling addictions and underwritten by her traumatic childhood, Rickie Lee Jones' Pirates album took ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2011

RICKIE LEE JONES isn't someone readily given to nostalgia. In a career that's now into its fifth decade, she's rarely looked back, preferring instead to ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Rob Steen, Rock's Backpages, November 2011

FIRST, A HEALTH WARNING: if you are prone to cringe, foam or rage at reviews that put emotion first and last, and make no attempt ...

Rickie Lee Jones: So Many Roads

Interview by Steve LaBate, Paste, 27 August 2012

OVER UNDERSTATED, PERCUSSIVE ACOUSTIC GUITAR and the barely-there, spectral drone of an ancient organ, the voice of Rickie Lee Jones seeps like water from a ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Devil You Know

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2012

LITTLE OVER A MINUTE into her funereal version of 'St James Infirmary', Rickie Lee Jones lets out a sudden cry of anguish. Such is the ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 27 February 2017

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump. ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Adult Kicks

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2019

AS HER TOUR BUS heads across Texas on the way to the Kessler Theatre in Dallas, a song that's been running around inside Rickie Lee ...

Rickie Lee Jones: "I had lived volumes long before I was famous"

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 18 April 2021

A fractured childhood, years as a hippie drifter… the musician's new memoir tells of her incredible adventures before she found fame – and of her ...


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