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Two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. 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. 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 latest album, The Other Side of Desire, was written, recorded, and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Rickie lives on the opposite side of the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Rickie has written in more than a decade.
"This work is inspired by many years of sitting with all the events of my life until I had something to paint with," she says. "I came to New Orleans to write and to live a different way than what I have known on the West Coast … Here is another record, made of my imagination and whatever else that has no words, using the clay of this place and the shapes of my eyes to form some kind of picture of my life, or my heart, that I alone can understand and hopefully that others can enjoy."