Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Review Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones

 Let’s get political …


That was the theme last night at Theatre Maisonneuve in Montreal as two legends took the stage on a chilly wet evening as part of Montreal En Lumiere.

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux. 

A pair of voices empowering not only themselves yet women around the world. Aside from performing together ( two songs ) and touring together, the duo also released a video of David Essex’s  song ‘ Rock On’. The tune is a message to women everywhere in this politically charged Trump era. ( watch video here ).


 Following a very electric and subtle set by Jones and her ‘band’ – Peyroux and Jones performed ‘Rock On‘ and ‘As Time Goes By’ at the beginning of Peyroux’s set. Both tunes gluing the women together in song and spirit. It was as if Jones was passing an imaginary torch to Peyroux to carry the rest of the evening. There is love between the duo and it was in fine form at Place des Arts.


Rickie Lee Jones started the evening by ‘chance’.  ‘Last Chance Texaco’ was the opening number and it sent haunting chords down the aisles. Jones’ voice stalled in time as age has not damaged the range or power within the vocals so distinctively Jones. Banter with a reference to George Bush Jr.’s ‘lack of brains (also distinctively Jones) setting the tables for Trump’ – allowed the audience a glimpse into the fighting spirit that lives within the sixty-two year old Jones. Rebellious by nature …

Switching between acoustic ( electric ) guitars and piano, Jones delivered wave after wave of hits and poignant lyrics. Her mates on stage – Jeffrey Gaines (guitar) and *(keys, percussion ) providing the spaces and fills required to enhance the particular vocal sty-lings of  Jones.

‘Weasel’, ‘Youngblood’, ‘Saturday’ , ‘Living it up‘, ‘Pirates‘ – all tunes involved in a Jazz influenced roller coaster ride. Melancholy, a little bit Rock ‘n Roll and a wee bit Country, all intertwined with looseness within the grooves. Air inside the tightness. Creativity inside The Blues.

Eyes closed, Rickie Lee Jones sounds like the young lady who won a Grammy in 1979. Lids shut – Rickie’s words very much like the Tom Waits -inspired friendship. Ears closed – a sight to behold.

Rickie Lee Jones as relevant in 2017 as her voice was in 1979. Give or take a few smokes …


Madeleine Peyroux

Peyroux – originally from Athens, Georgia, is one of ‘ those’ singers / musicians.

Most music fans have heard the name yet most have never listened to her music let alone seen her ‘live’. Peyroux is sorta / kinda like Melody Gardot that way …

Rarely does a singer in any genre or any gender posses the ability to have people hang on to every syllable they sing.   Every note – a mixture of birds, bees and lions. Every story, a melange of pain, agony and defeat with messages of love tossed in periodically for good measure.

Seated mostly on chair with acoustic in hand, Peyroux is a storyteller. Most great musicians are. Madeleine’s pain arrives in the form of a wayward alcoholic father who Peyroux mentions early on. A foundation for many Blues singers is pointed out and delivered on cue. What follows is an evening as pure as white ash on a red hot fire ( or red ash on white fire).

Self-depreciating humor fills the gaps between soulful balladry and five string tales. Each spun with care as Peyroux’s band ( guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori) take the time to set the time with impeccable phrasing into the laps of the adoring punters.

Theatre Maisonneuve was lit with melancholy. Between Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, a lot of Whiskey must have been drunk.

The feeling in-house?  The Whiskey lost …

*Apologies – band members names unavailable at time of print.


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