IE residents have the rare opportunity to witness a world-class act in a small, local venue when Rickie Lee Jones, Duchess of Coolsville, brings her sultry presence, smoky vocals and A-1 songwriting to the warm and comfy environs of Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown this weekend.
Jones’ long, wavy tresses and seemingly surgically implanted beret have been part of the rock/jazz scene since 1979, when she scored high on the charts (and in the hearts of critics) with her eponymous debut album and its catchy single, “Chuck E’s In Love.” She’s treaded her own unique path ever since, culling diverse influences such as jazz, folk, R & B and rock. Though her commercial impact has faded, she is nevertheless still considered a vitally important artist by non-trend-chasing music connoisseurs. Often mislabeled under the much shat upon (and deservedly so) moniker of jazz/rock, Jones’ music instead comes from a much sexier, earthier, gutsier place than most of the ball-less Wallaces who noodle out their masturbatory riffs under that dreaded sobriquet. Almost 30 years after her debut, she remains the real deal—a unique and beautiful singer/songwriter who continues to record soulful and heart-tugging material. (Donald Powell)
Rickie Lee Jones at Pappy and Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd. Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com. Sat. & Sun. Call for time. $30.