It took Norah Jones precisely one year to become a household name. Her debut album, Come Away With Me, was released in February 2002, and by the following February it had sold four million copies and she had won five Grammys.
A side project she created the following year is less well known. As a diversion from the pressures of following up one of the best-selling debuts of all time, Jones and four friends formed the band the Little Willies (named after her childhood hero, Willie Nelson) and began playing her favorite country songs at a series of unannounced gigs at the Living Room, a tiny music venue in New York.
“I think I had to leave home for me to know how much country music meant to me,” said Jones, who moved to New York in 1999 after studying jazz composition and performance in high school and college