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Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux on tour throughout March / Here & Now

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Singers Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux have individually built up devoted followings over the years. Jones has won two Grammy awards, and Peyroux's voice has drawn comparisons to Billie Holiday.

Peyroux most recent recording - Secular Hymns is a spirited and soulful masterwork on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates, guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori- the trio crafted the album in a live setting in a small church in the Oxfordshire countryside of England.  The result is a stirring collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness. Peyroux said about the album, "I think of the music that I play, and maybe more so recently, I think of it in those terms. I think of it as being a part of what I live by and what I think about and defines a lot about my life. And in a way maybe that's why it's also like a hymn, because if you're gonna pray - I've thought about this not having grown up in any church atmosphere - I've wondered about what music means when it's in the church, there's so much music in the church. If somebody's singing, how much do we have to worry about the the prayer aspect of the music, and how much are we just actually living music? And what's the - to me - what's the difference? That's a different discussion, but I don't really know that there is a way to break between the secular aspect of music and the spiritual aspect of music. Of course, intention, obviously, but then beyond that how do you know?"

The two have embarked on a North American tour throughout the month of March. Here & Now's Eric Westervelt talked with the two singers. LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION