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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Biography All Music Guide

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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.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
08.22.14 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA US
09.05.14 The Tivoli Brisbane, Qld Australia
10.23.14 Albert Hall Manchester, Bolton UK
10.24.14 O2 ABC Glasgow Glasgow, Rfw UK
10.25.14 Mandela Hall Belfast, Belfast UK
10.28.14 Colston Hall Bristol, Bst UK
10.29.14 Brighton Dome Brighton, Bnh UK
11.02.14 La Laiterie Strasbourg, Bas-rhin France
11.07.14 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands

eMusic Features


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  • 08.21.14 RT @johnlegend: Backstage with Sharon Jones! Can't wait to sing with her tonight! http://t.co/f22bmTZ4bd
  • 08.20.14 Might just get down on the congas this week, California! http://t.co/ou3WlkP7Tn
  • 08.19.14 Tomorrow I sing Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duets with @johnlegend at @HollywoodBowl! Sold out, but stream it on @YahooScreen at 8:05 PT.
  • 08.09.14 We're playing at the #Afropunk Festival on August 23rd!!! http://t.co/gppQD8Kpi7
  • 07.31.14 RT @DaptoneRecords: Watch this video and find out what LPs @sharonjones & @The_DapKings picked up during their visit to @amoebamusic! http:…
  • 07.31.14 RT @coslive: We spoke to the mighty @SharonJones about her road to recovery. Plus, she taught how to fire a gun: http://t.co/5vCkVOk16b
  • 07.19.14 It's a wrap: Montreux Jazz and Beyond  We’ve just been apart for a day or two but I’m already missing e … http://t.co/Gbx5FFibsT
  • 07.14.14 RT @CrackMagazine: TURNING POINTS: @sharonjones on singing with Lou Reed, working at a prison and beating cancer http://t.co/MIdExhYBVU htt…
  • 07.14.14 Last night North Sea, Tonight: Montreux The North Sea Jazz festival was amazing. It was teeming with grea … http://t.co/Xzlw9bLe5s
  • 07.14.14 Rewind: Nice Jazz / Umbria Jazz recap A bit of catching up to do… Nice Jazz Festival 2014 So we had two d … http://t.co/vvf1ye5lLZ
  • 07.14.14 Nice, France Good afternoon from Nice, France. The Mediterranean Sea líes out on the horizon outside our … http://t.co/rvWZtBEUYa
  • 07.14.14 Pit Stop in Strasbourg We are here for a “day off” in Strasbourg, France. We got in at 4:30PM after leavi … http://t.co/rnWpI8JGJy