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Rickie Lee Jones

When: Tue., March 15, 8 p.m. 2016



In 1980, when Rickie Lee Jones beat Dire Straits and The Knack for the best new artist Grammy, she'd already done a lot of living: broken horses, hopped freight trains, slept under the Hollywood sign. Jones, a Chicago native, had left home for the West Coast as a teen and lived a bohemian existence that fueled her songwriting. Pulling from jazz and Beat poetry, R&B and the Laurel Canyon, her hybrids united the grizzled spontaneity of drinking buddy Tom Waits with slick pop. "I like taking any kind of risk," she told Rolling Stone in 1979. While she was referring to her penchant for frequenting dive bars and greasy spoons, she could just as well have been describing the approach she would take in her music career. Her latest LP draws upon her current home of New Orleans, though she says it's "made of my imagination." —David Klein

CAROLINA THEATRE, DURHAM 8 p.m., $37–$79, www.carolinatheatre.org

Price: $37-$79

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