Rickie Lee Jones is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who released her first album in 1979 and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1980. Her song “Chuck E.’s In Love” was a huge hit, as were her first two albums, both of which reached the Top 5 in the U.S. She went on to release a dozen more albums in various styles, and her 1989 duet with Dr. John, “Makin’ Whoopee!”, won her another Grammy Award.
This interview was conducted by email, with answers received on May 20, 2011.
Review of Mike Watt concert at Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, 3/10/11.
Photos by L. Paul Mann: Mike Watt and The Missingmen, Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, 3/10/11.
Mike Watt co-founded, played bass, and composed many of the songs for the influential indie-punk band The Minutemen, which sadly was silenced when guitarist D. Boon died in a car accident. Watt has also played with fIREHOSE and, since 2003, The Stooges.
On October 1 and 2, Watt was a guest musician for Yoko Ono’s performances in Los Angeles, the second of which was reviewed here. This interview, conducted 10/8/10, covered his thoughts on these concerts, plus his recent projects with The Missingmen and Floored By Four.
Review of Mike Watt and the Missingmen concert at Mercury Lounge 3/7/10, with openers oso and Lite.
Preview of concert by Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Mercury Lounge on 3/7/10.
Mike Watt’s musical resume is about as cool as they come. He co-founded the influential San Pedro-based indie-punk band The Minutemen, playing bass and composing many of their songs. After Minutemen guitarist D. Boon tragically died in a car accident, guitarist Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford joined up with Watt and Minutemen drummer George Hurley to form the somewhat underappreciated late-80′s and early-90′s band fIREHOSE. And since 2003, he has been playing bass with re-formed (but perhaps not reformed) punk rock godfathers The Stooges, fronted by Iggy Pop.
This interview was conducted by phone on 2/9/10.
Songwriters and musicians answer the question: What advice would you give to an aspiring songwriter/musician? Responses from:
Sir George Martin
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford
Rickie Lee Jones
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt
Abdul “Duke” Fakir
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka
Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia
Country Joe McDonald
Van Dyke Parks
James Jackson Toth
Will Cullen Hart