In advance of the June 7 release of her forthcoming album KICKS, RICKIE LEE JONEShas released the first track “Lonely People,” to radio. In its first week out, it has garnered early adds from KTBG–Kansas City, WYCE–Grand Rapids, WKZE–Red Hook NY; and spins from WDST–Woodstock NY; KRCL–Salt Lake City, UT; KRCB–Santa Rosa, CA; WHRV–Norfolk, VA, WUKY–Lexington KY, KUSH–Cushing OK and Americana Boogie Radio (internet station).
The insistent song of hope–her unique interpretation of the 70s classic by the group America–is the first release from her newest collection of songs from the great American songbook. JONES’ is that rare musician who has transcended the singer/songwriter mantle by incorporating different radio genres from the get-go and she continues that tradition on the forthcoming album. The album spans two decades (50s-70s) of pop, rock and jazz, presenting her unique and sophisticated interpretations of these songs.
It is fitting that one of the American treasures of songwriters should be comfortable with this diverse collection of the great songwriters of the 20th century–she is one of them. On KICKS, she brings emotion to sleeper album tracks like “My Fathers Gun”and her tongue-in-cheek humor to songs like “Houston.”
KICKS was created entirely in New Orleans,using local musicians,mixers and studios. Produced by RICKIE LEE JONES with her band-mate,vibraphonist Mike Dillion, it features 10 songs of a highly infectious nature.Check out “Nagasaki,” her traditional jazz offering of tight three-part harmonies, and “Bad Company,” where JONES cuts loose on electric guitar.
The album cover, by artist Peregrine Honig, is a super-hero woman in boxing gloves. Sound like anyone we know? RICKIE LEE JONES, superhero,with a super weapon smile! “In times like these,”Miss Jones smiles, “a smile can be subversive. Here is Rickie Lee‘s musical smile.”
Miss Jones’ own label, OSOD (other side of desire), will release KICKS with Thirty Tigers distributing. A pre-order of the self-released album is available here, along with a variety of official KICKS merchandise including t-shirts, posters, totes and other items. In addition, fans can pre-order the album via traditional sites: All Retail; Spotify; iTunes, Apple and Amazon; all pre-orders receive the “Lonely People” instant grat track with the purchase of the pre-release of the album.
The KICKS track listing is as follows:
“Bad Company” (Bad Company, 1974)
“My Fathers Gun” (Elton John, 1970)
“Lonely People” (America, 1974)
“Houston” (Sanford Clark, 1964; made famous by Dean Martin, 1965)
“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You” (Russ Morgan, 1944; made famous by Dean Martin, 1960/1964)
“Nagasaki” (Ipana Troubadours, 1928; most famous by Benny Goodman Quartet, 1952)
“Mack The Knife” (Louis Armstrong, 1956; made famous by Bobby Darin, 1958)
“Quicksilver Girl” (Steve Miller Band, 1968)
“End Of The World” (Skeeter Davis, 1962)
“Cry” (Ruth Casey, 1951; made famous by Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads, 1951)
In support of the album, RICKIE LEE JONES will perform two shows in Japan before a run of U.S. dates. Her initial 2019 tour dates are as follows: