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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy -- her Dap-Kings.

Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island.

It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy) ensued. In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. Jones also had a bit part The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in 2010. ~ Tammy La Gorce, Rovi
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Track List: Retreat (Single)

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Track List: Stranger To My Happiness (Single)

Comments

finance381
Love this woman!
most music these days sucks, then there is Sharon Jones.
Hot damn!!!!!!!! Top shelf
Rythmman

You are blessed. Rhythm appreciated and passed. SWEET
pago619
Just saw SJ@DKs last night at House of Bluesi n San Diego.This women is amazing!Bles s e d with so much talent and energy.Hard to believe she just went thru kemo.The Dapkings are the bomb as well. No group can compare to this sound.I was blessed to meet Sharon back stage. Shes an Angel! My cousin Cochemea is the baratone sax player. So proud cousin!!!Ple a s e come back to San Diego!
check out Ruby Velle
Dapalitious!
A great sound that most of todays music is missing..... m y 16 year old son introduced to me her music the other day..... Dad I thought you would appreciate this is what he told me.
Oh Mz. Jones.... your music speaks to me every time.
I just love them....
rosaytorres
She's got a whole lot of Soul
GUMB says it hurts so bad
I just found out about SJ & DK a year ago & I'm a big fan.
Finally saw gurlfren last night w/ Antibalas in Brooklyn. If there was anyone there not feeling that groove they must've been dead.
yes
yes they are amazing in concert
Go see them in concert, they'll blow you away!!!
i LOVE how all of the album covers scream retro
bellmt
Nice!!
PICK IT UP ! LAY IT OUT! WOOOO you go sharon!!!! dancing all the way homeee
blkgirldev
I will save all comments after i see Her tonight...So n (21) says that she is great.. the Sound will tell..
charles.bran t n e r
shes great!!!!! naturally is the best album ever!!!!!!!
baflores
love this song! hellz yah!
sngglepunch
love it!
burbtum
did sharon write "she ain't a child no more"? is it her story? she is the bomb!
giasoto03
I love her!! I saw her in concert and she knows how to put on an act!!!
burbtum
if you danced to total sharon, your body would become liquid!!
Sharon and the Dap Kings are awesome, they are great in concert and she is really nice. Their sound is the bomb!
Heavy......v e r y heavy Funk! I like it alot!
ckjackson200 3
Feelin' this big time!
HOT!
i'M HATING THE FACT THAT i'M JUST GETTING HIP TO HER AND THEM. SOOOO AWESOME IN THIS WACK ERA OF MUSIC. I APPRECIATE WHAT SHE HAS TO OFFER
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' version of "This Land is Your Land" is featured in the movie "Up in the Air".
Been listening for a few years, but I know when she did the Phish show on Halloween 09 when they covered Exile on Main Street for their "cover album" with her on vocals, twitter and facebook status were blowing up with her name and "who is she?" It was awesome.
mooreabbie
Sharon i found you over the weekend and have been in love ever since
ybrammer
soul music is alive and well!
I heard her on NPR.I said this sister has soul. I'm from the hip hop generation. It is hard to listen to the struggle of inner city struggles when your educated with a couple of mortgages.
KGSR in Austin plays the heck out of Sharon. Just saw her at NOLA Jazzfest. Incredible!
LOVE Ms. Jones & Kings. Love them.
francesa_mae
Love there sound :)
what an awesome voice!
What a breath of fresh air! Profoundly satisfying to hear the band that gave that crack ho' Winehouse her sound.
Doesn't get any better
Saw SK and the DK's this summer in Seattle..one of the best shows I've seen in a while..Full of energy and lots of emotion. Very underrated.
rjtsun
Just saw SJ and the DK's in concert last nite! Amazing!
i love it. get to really explore the entire music from the origins to current trends and all the variations.. . l o v e the research tools and biographies also...great concept, thanx
To quote The RZA "I would like to personally thank Mr. and Mrs. Jones for creating their daughter"
never heard of these guys before today and i love their sound! Pandora does it again!
Good GOD! Testify, Jones. ow
Thanks Pandora for bringing these artists to me.
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