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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Sharon JonesPhoto: Paul Michaud 
Sharon Jones
Photo: Paul Michaud 
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
TELLURIDE, COLORADO  •  Telluride Bluegrass Festival  •  Ongoing

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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. And like Mr. Brown and countless soul singers before her, Sharon honed her vocal chops in the church. "Once you get moved by the Spirit, you just gotta' let it out and share it with the people," Sharon says. And share it she did. 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. Still singing for her church, Sharon crosses paths with NYC's great indie-soul & funk label Desco Records. It is a match made in proverbial soul heaven; Sharon's hefty voice greased by Desco house-band, the Soul Providers. Several memorable singles are quickly put to wax, thus providing enough soul power to take Ms. Jones and the band across the Atlantic, giving the people a sense of what real music tasted like back in the day, while earning Sharon the title, "Queen of Funk". Sharon's first full-length album, 2002's successful Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, served to solidify her reputation as Soul Sister # 1. And, finally, after several more years of non-stop worldwide touring and recording with other notable artists such as Greyboy, Sharon Jones and her mighty Dap-Kings give you their finest full-length effort to date, Naturally. As Sharon says, "If you can't feel the music on this album, then you must be a dead ass!"

The Dap-Kings are the backing band for Sharon Jones, as well as the mighty house-band of Daptone records, today's premier source of real Funk & Soul. Led by bassist and producer Bosco Mann, the dapper eight-piece Dap-Kings--horns, guitars, congas and drum kit--always lay down a gritty groove. From meaty breakbeats and jams that echo the best of the JBs to beautiful ballads that would make Aretha smile, the veteran Dap-Kings know how to sweat and deliver. DJs, hip-hop producers and thousands of fans worldwide have taken notice.

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