Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have not only been at the forefront of a soul music revival movement, they’ve also put the Brooklyn-based label, Daptone Records on the international stage as the primary purveyor of all things contemporary soul and funk as they’re also the label home to the “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley, the Menahan Street Band (which also includes members of Charles Bradley’s backing band), the Budos Band, and several others.
Interestingly enough, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley share a few things in common – Jones, much like Bradley are larger-than-life figures, with a boundless optimism that’s absolutely infectious.
The band’s forthcoming effort, Give The People What They Want was originally slated for release earlier this year and the band was scheduled to go on a lengthy tour to support their new effort when the news came out that Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer. Naturally, the tour and even the release of the album were posted — indefinitely. After getting a rather invasive surgery and an aggressive chemotherapy routine, Jones has received a clean bill of health, kicking cancer’s ass with her usual bright smile, charm., and optimism.
Give The People What They Want will finally see a January 14th release, much to delight of her fans, and to fans of Daptone Records. The least single “Stranger to My Happiness” is a song that talks about an experience (and sensation) that many of us have felt at least once – that of being a jilted lover and how difficult it can be to move on. And what better way to portray that than to have a band playing during what seems to be a disastrous wedding ceremony.
What stands out about the song is the Dap Kings, incredible horn line, which may be the best in the country, if not the entire world. Seriously, the only guys who can compete right now are the boys in Superhuman Happiness and the boys over at G.E.D. Soul Records.
You can catch the band on tour, and it starts off with a February 6th homecoming show at the Beacon Theatre; followed by stops in Washington, DC; Durham, NC; Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Orlando, FL and countless other locales before ending in Detroit, MI on April 15th.