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Rickie Lee Jones: Art and Upheaval

Rickie Lee Jones.
Rickie Lee Jones.

Rickie Lee Jones' sound has evolved through R&B, jazz, folk, electronica and rock. Though commercial success often eludes her, she remains a beloved and highly acclaimed figure.

Jones burst onto the music scene with her self-titled 1979 debut — which included guest appearances by Dr. John, Randy Newman and Michael McDonald — and then promptly won a Grammy for Best New Artist. After moving to New York City, Jones continued to release albums throughout the '80s and '90s, fueled by the turmoil taking place in her life at that time: heartbreak, drug addiction and political upheaval. Then, following the release of 1997's Ghostyhead, writer's block set in.

Jones credits the election of George W. Bush with re-igniting her artistic fire, and she set to work on her first album of new, original material in six years. The Evening of My Best Day came out in 2003, and was followed this year by Sermon on Exposition Boulevard, which draws its inspiration from a spiritual text by Lee Cantelon.

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David Dye
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.