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Rickie Lee Jones on World Cafe

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Rickie Lee Jones Shares The Soundtrack To Her Youth

Rickie Lee Jones Shares The Soundtrack To Her Youth

Rickie Lee Jones on World Cafe

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Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits as seen in Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour. Sal Sdestro/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits as seen in Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour.

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Set List

  • "Easy Money"
  • "Night Train"
  • "America"
  • "The Last Chance Texaco"

(All songs recorded by Sheldon Gomberg for World Cafe.)

In 1979, "Chuck E's In Love" by Rickie Lee Jones was nominated by the Recording Academy for song of the year. That was just one of four Grammy nominations Jones picked up after releasing her debut album earlier that year.

In this session, you'll hear Jones perform some of the music from that debut album, and she talks about her life and career with World Cafe New Orleans correspondent Gwen Thompkins.

Jones has just released a memoir called Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour. In it, she tells stories about growing up in a family that seemed to be constantly on the move, her relationship with Tom Waits, and the music that was the soundtrack to her youth, like Paul Simon's song "America."

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