“Music shapes us and fundamentally changes us. Once we have listened we do not stop. We do not ever recover from music. We will return again and again to the radio, the record store, the bedroom where girls listen to records all day.” That’s a quote from the Rickie Lee Jones’ new book, Last Chance Texaco. She joins us today on Transmissions from New Orleans to discuss the book and her experiences in California and Arizona in the ‘70s, when she became a huge star. Ahead of hitting the road on tour, Jones joins us to discuss her youthful and rebellious days in Phoenix, taking the stage at SNL, and scoring a massive hit with “Chuck E.’s In Love.”Transmissions :: Rickie Lee Jones
Episode playlist: Rickie Lee Jones, “Pirates” ++ “Chuck E.’s In Love” (Live Amsterdam Radio, live in 1979)
Transmissions is written, produced, and hosted by Jason P. Woodbury. Audio editing by Andrew Horton. Sarah Goldstein and Jonathan Mark Walls produce visual work for the show. Justin Gage is our top of the show announcer and executive producer. Next week on the show: Nathan Salsburg of the Alan Lomax Archive joins us to discuss his new album, Psalms, which features new folk arrangements of the scriptures.