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KICKS

2019
Kicks - Album Cover


Track List

Bad Company

(Bad Company, 1974)

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2. My Fathers Gun

(Elton John, 1970)

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3. Lonely People

(America, 1974)

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4. Houston

(Sanford Clark, 1964; made famous by Dean Martin, 1965)

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5. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

(Russ Morgan, 1944; made famous by Dean Martin, 1960/1964)

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6. Nagasaki

(Ipana Troubadours, 1928; most famous by Benny Goodman Quartet, 1952)

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7. Mack The Knife

(Louis Armstrong, 1956; made famous by Bobby Darin, 1958)

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8. Quicksilver Girl

(Steve Miller Band, 1968)

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9. The End Of The World

(Skeeter Davis, 1962)

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10. Cry

(Ruth Casey, 1951; made famous by Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads, 1951)

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"Kicks" is an all-New Orleans recording. Our Louisiana- based musicians bring a common language, and it’s one I am beginning to understand, with the recording, mixing and mastering here as well, the environment of the music has an un-rushed and easy character.

We determined to make the music quickly - like an old LP. Sometimes we recorded 3 songs a day. We spent about four weeks working on our two weeks of tracking. Bad Company was finished in the last day of recording, as if it needed the urgency to finally reveal itself. I knew right away it was a good one. I called the record "Kicks". Well, why not? The term evokes a bit of that 60’s vibration that’s masturbation with words, a trend that was so popular back in that decade. The words that have no root and yet express, more than anything, the meaning of the time and place. Kicks...

My intent with "Kicks" was to include the character of the locality, the world around me. Although, I have lived in this city off and on for four decades, I only now see myself as, possibly, evolving from here. I infused a little bit of New Orleans into every selection. Frenchman Street today, or St.Ann street 40 years ago or Rampart Street forty years before that... this is a city whose heartbeat is music, and it pounds it out morning and night from grandma’s parlor to grandsons’ tavern. Tap shoes and trombones still walk leisurely along Decatur Avenue. There is something... family about this town. Can you hear it? It seems to me that this collection of American music has a spark of humor and joy, a transformation of spirit as much as anything else. That’s the stuff- it’s not really out there on the street, in here, in the heart.

I hope you enjoy this veggie gumbo of musical costumes, painted last October and November beneath the warm autumn colors down on Esplanade Avenue.
RICKIE LEE JONES

PRODUCED BY RICKIE LEE JONES AND MIKE DILLON
MY FATHER’S GUN CO-PRODUCED BY LOUIS MICHOT
Mixed by MICHAEL NAPOLITANO
Mastered by BRUCE BARIELLE

RICKIE LEE JONES
Vocals, Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, Electric and Acoustic Piano, Wurlitzer, Hand Percussion, Tamborine

AURORA NEALAND
Clarinet, Backing Vocals

NATHAN LAMBERTSON
Bass, Moog Opus, Bass Synth, Upright Bass

MIKE DILLON
Vibraphone, Junk Drum Kit, Concert Bells, Snaps, Claps, Hand Percussion, Tamborine, Conga, Concert Bass Drum, Timpani, Percussion

SHANE THERIOT
Guitar, Slide Guitar

DOUG BELOTE
Drums

TIFFANY LAMSON
Backing Vocals

IAN BOWMAN
Tenor Saxophone

NICK ELLMAN
Baritone Saxophone

JOHN CULBRETH
Trumpet

LOUIS MICHOT
Fiddle

ANDRE MICHOT
Accordion

JON GROSS
Sousaphone

DAVID EASLEY
Pedal Steel

JAMES SINGLETON
Upright Bass

CLIFF HINES
Guitar

Cover Drawing
PEREGRINE HONIG

Photography
ZACK SMITH

Cover & Package Design
GINA R. BINKLEY

Management
RON STONE for GOLD MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINMENT

Miss Jones’ own label, OSOD (other side of desire), released KICKS with Thirty Tigers distributing. The album is available here, along with a variety of official KICKS merchandise including t-shirts, posters, totes and other items.

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