Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

People have probably heard the Dap Kings though they may not have heard of them. The musicians serve as the backing band on Amy Winehouse's popular album, Back To Black, with the hit song, Rehab. As fine a song as that one is and as decent a singer as Winehouse is, she doesn't hold a candle to Sharon Jones. Sharon is the real deal with better chops, more experience and more soul. When she sings with the Dap Kings you can feel the notes wrap around the horn section, urge the guitar licks to new heights, and groove with the bass player. Sharon's first 2 albums were a revelation. With the current popularity of Ms. Winehouse, there is hope that the next album will explode in sales and Jones will get the recognition she so rightly deserves.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have released their first single from the new album for download for free from their MySpace page. After the release in October the band will be touring the U.S. For my Seattle friends, they'll be appearing at Neumo's on December 8th and, yes, I have purchased tickets already. It will be a helluva show. Check out some live video action on YouTube.

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