Artist of the Week: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
The essence of 1960s soul and 1970s funk has been resurrected through Brooklyn’s Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, who released their new album “I Learned The Hard Way” last month. This funk filled record has received great accolades for its authentic, heart-felt sound, which captures the spirit of Motown right from the golden age of James Brown and Otis Redding.
Though the band has their own flare and twist on funk and soul music they still pay homage to their influences, which include Eddie Bo, Lyn Collins, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings are surely making their mark as they hone the rebirth of funk and soul in the new millennia – the band’s reinvention of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” was recently featured in the 2009 film “Up In The Air” in its opening credits and soundtrack, and they have appeared on CNN, Good Morning New York, MTV News, VH1, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, and Jimmy Fallon.
You can check them out in person as they bring their soul train to Toronto’s Sound Academy next week!
“Fans of Stax and Motown should not miss this nod to R&B history, a gritty work that could have been released in the mid-to-late sixties.”
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“In the new millennium, soul has become big business again. But despite succulent re-issues from labels like Astralwerks and Light in the Attic, the resurgence of seasoned soul sisters like Bettye LaVette, and the volcanic popularity of new-soul crooners like Amy Winehouse, the champions of the new generation’s purist strain are Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.”
“Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are the rarest type of retro/revivalist band– the type that transcends its devotion to a style of music associated with a distant past. They make soul music in the classic sense, the kind of tracks that might have been laid down in Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, Philadelphia, or Chicago in the late 1960s and early 70s. But there’s more to their sound than a nostalgia trip– it’s an affirmation of the validity of working in specific styles, even ones most people stopped exploring decades ago.”
Watch Sharon Jones’ video for “100 Days, 100 Nights”
Watch the opening sequence of ‘Up In The Air’ featuring “This Land Is Your Land”
Listen to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Hype Machine
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