17 March 2009

Beautiful Music For A Beautiful Day

Good God, how I love the totally fabulous Miss Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings! I came across this band on Amazon while I was searching for free music downloads. Their song, "100 Days, 100 Nights", from the album of the same name blew me away and I had to have more, more, more. Theirs is a seamless blend funk, soul, and rhythm and blues.

And if Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, then Sharon Jones is the heir apparent. Her voice. Gah. So. damn. amazing. This is music that touches your soul. Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Adele even, pay attention and listen up.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings sound like they just stepped out of the 1960's and their videos tend to reinforce that (love the art direction, the grainy quality to the film and the cross-fades), but make no mistake about it, they are contemporary artists.

So, enjoy their song, "Tell Me". In it I hear echoes of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which makes this song just that much better.


Mary A. said...

Once again I have to say I Love You and am so glad we met.

I needed a song like this today but didn't really realize it until I heard it and you are constantly expanding my horizons in books and music and for that I totally thank you.

Katherine said...

Now THIS is what I'm talking about! That is singing. I have to confess that I have serious issues with Duffy's voice. As for Miss Winehouse, I've heard more about her exploits than her music. This lady was amazing. Thanks for posting this!