Nicknamed the “Duchess of Coolsville,” double Grammy-winner Rickie Lee Jones is one of the most acclaimed singer songwriters of our time – and she has recorded in musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. Her songwriting has been characterized as "a blend of bravado and vulnerability that wavers on indefinable borders." Jones is also known for her unique and fearless singing style, especially in live performances. Rolling Stone concert reviewer Dimitri Ehrlich has described her rendering of "We Belong Together," by saying she "reached her apex, skating from swells into near screams into breathy whispers, from pointillist staccato scats into brassy, trumpet-like bursts."
Rickie Lee’s voice has a unique and boyish tonality, offering no vibrato, and replete with a 40’s-style jazz sensibility, distinguishing her from every other major singer in the modern era. Much imitated but rarely credited, Rickie Lee Jones is an unparalleled artist of great integrity and credibility. Her music has been a major force for nearly 30 years—and a major influence on Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Edie Brickell, Suszanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, and many others. In addition to her own songs, like We Belong Together and Chuck E.’s in Love, Jones has taken on the most eminent songwriters of our times, for her indelible interpretative treatments. Among them: Neil Young (Only Love Can Break Your Heart), The Band (The Weight), David Bowie (Rebel, Rebel), Jimi Hendrix (Up From the Skies) and Van Morrison (Comfort You). Though these songs are burned deeply into our brains, Jones finds her own unique way in, peeling them back with spare, intimate arrangements, and uncovering layers and emotions that feel both familiar and new. Her version of Sympathy for the Devil, which she first performed at a Rolling Stones tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, perhaps best represents her approach. “It’s voodoo,” she says. “It's a woman embodying a man embodying the devil—or is it the other way around?"
An evening with Rickie Lee Jones promises to open you into new dimensions of interpretation, imagination—and appreciation.
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
Lyndon State College
South Main Auto
St. J. Food Coop
St. Johnsbury Academy
& Lois and Russ Williams