Rickie Lee Jones

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

As out of step with punk as with the disco records then dominating the charts, Jones arrived in the late ’70s as a scat-singing Beat chanteuse with an irresistible mix of street swagger, personal mythology and madly slurred romanticism — all of which remain on brash display in her 1979 smash “Chuck E’s in Love.” But it was the follow-up to her self-titled debut, 1981’s Pirates, with its elliptical ballads of heartbreak and nighthawk desolation offset by finger-popping jive interludes, that cemented a career-long cult following that outlasted her early artistic and romantic association with Tom Waits. Last year’s The Devil You Know may be the best and most transformative of her cover albums, as she turns “Sympathy for the Devil” into skeletal blues, sings “Play with Fire” as a breathy threat murmured over a boiling cauldron, and delivers Donovan’s “Catch the Wind” with cradle-rocking tenderness. The chance to see and hear her in the warm, lushly restored Franklin Theatre shouldn’t be missed. Tickets $55-69.

—Jim Ridley

Fri, Jul 26 | 8:00 PM (7:00 Door)
The Franklin Theatre
$55.00 - $69.00
All ages
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Rickie Lee Jones

Los Feliz CA  |  Rock

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