Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (featuring members of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra) @ Echo (1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)
““You’ve got to feel it,” is the first thing that comes from the mouth of seasoned soul singer Sharon Jones when asked what makes great music. “You’ve got to feeel it! In your bones, your heart, in everything and everywhere!” Ms. Jones’s funk pedigree can be traced to her hometown of Augusta, Georgia, the same town that birthed the Godfather of Soul himself: James Brown. Moreover, it didn’t take long for the young Sharon to be encouraged to take the spirit from the gospel and apply it to a more secular setting. This setting was realized when as a teenager she moved with her family to Brooklyn, NY and soon found herself saturated with the pulse of funk and disco. Little time passed before she became a staple within the studios, doing often uncredited back-up work for gospel, soul, disco and blues artists. However, when the commercial music landscape began to radically change during the ‘80s, demand for singers such as Sharon waned, and she soon found herself working at Rykers Island Jail as a corrections officer. Fast forward to 1996. Sharon crosses paths with NYC’s great indie-soul & funk label Desco Records. Sharon’s first full-length album, 2002’s successful Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kingson Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, served to solidify her reputation as Soul Sister # 1. – Bio, Daptone Records
Hear clips from her latest album, Naturally with the Dap Kings featuring a special appearance with Lee Fields.