• Balm in Gilead (2009)


    1. Wild Girl   lyrics
    2. Old Enough*   lyrics
    3. Remember Me*   lyrics
    4. The Moon Is Made Of Gold   lyrics and videos
    5. His Jeweled Floor   lyrics
    6. Eucalyptus Trail*   lyrics
    7. The Blue Ghazel*   info
    8. The Gospel of Carlos, Norman and Smith**   lyrics
    9. Bonfires   lyrics and video
    10. Bayless St.*   lyrics

    released: November 3, 2009

    Produced by Rickie Lee Jones
    * Co-Produced with David Kalish
    ** Co-Produced with Sheldon Gomberg
    Mixed by Rob Schnapf at MANT studios, Los Angeles CA and Kingsize Sound, Los Angeles CA
    Mastered by Alan Yoshida at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA

    Engineered by Sheldon Gomberg, Barrie Macguire, Chris Testa, Mark Johnson and David Kalish
    Second Engineers: Jesse Honig, Mike Poole, John Keane, Jason Wormer and Jeff Halbert

    Photography: Rickie Lee Jones (family photos courtesy of Rickie Lee Jones)
    Art Direction: Larissa Collins
    Design: Rickie Lee Jones and Larissa Collins

    Lyrics by Rickie Lee Jones (except “Moon Is Made Of Gold”)
    Rickie Lee Jones’ publishing is Structurally Sound/Duck Kill Duck Music (Rickie Lee Jones) (ASCAP)
    David Kalish’s publishing is David Kalish Publishing c/o Bughouse (ASCAP)
    “The Moon Is Made Of Gold” is published by Jean M. Jones Publishing (ASCAP)



    Ben Harper: Slide Guitar
    Vic Chesnutt: vocal
    Alison Krauss: Violin
    Sebastian Steinberg: Bass
    Tom Evans: Saxophone, Flute
    Brian Swartz: Trumpet, Trumpet Horns
    Jon Brion: Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Bass, Harmonics
    David Kalish: Bass, Guitars, Piano, Dobro, Hammond B-3
    Pete Thomas: Drums
    Arno McCuller: Backing Vocal
    Reggie McBride: Bass
    Barrie Maguire: Octave Guitar
    Joel Guzman: Accordion, Organ
    Charlie Paxson: Drums
    John Reynolds: Lead Guitar, Whistler
    Sebastian Steinberg: Upright Bass
    Bill Frisell: Guitar
    Tony Scherr: Bass
    Kenny Wollesen: Drums
    Chris Joyner: Electric Piano and Vocal
    Paulie Cerra: Sax
    Grey DeLisle: Autoharp
    Danny Frankel: Body Slapping, Tambourine
    John Doan: Harp Guitar
    Craig Eastman: Violin, Mandolin
    Ed Maxwell: Bass

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"“Jones’ best record in a decade” -- UNCUT

Balm in Gilead may be the strongest record of the second half of her career.” -- The New Yorker

“One of the most intriguing, idiosyncratic vocalists of our time” -- USA Today

“Rickie Lee Jones still sounds utterly unique. Switching effortlessly between jazzy strums, punchy R&B, waltzing country and gauzy Daniel Lanois-like atmospherics on centerpiece “On His Jeweled Floor,” Balm in Gilead adds up to a very classy showcase” -- Q Magazine

“The material radiates with well-worn intimacy” -- Mojo

“An American original, Rickie Lee Jones has that rare ability to transfix the listener with her intensely personal songs while fearlessly blazing a trail through the worlds of folk, rock and pop. Her latest studio effort, Balm in Gilead is one of her most accessible recordings in years, yet it still showcases her innate sense of musical adventure...Genius.” -- Detroit Free Press

“Thirty years since her astonishing Chuck E’s in Love debut, Rickie Lee remains a singular talent who gets a chance to fully flourish here with songs of innocence and experience. She wrote most of them over the past 20 years – sometimes good things take time to mature.”–- Daily Mirror (UK)

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