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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, “100 Days, 100 Nights,” sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. This Spring the band will release “I Learned The Hard Way,” their fourth full-length on Brooklyn’s independent Daptone Records. The record marks a bold step forward for a band who almost singlehandedly stewarded today’s return of soul music to its more traditional sound.

Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. “I Learned The Hard Way” is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest.

“Ms. Jones is the brawny-voiced queen of an active local scene … [who] has proved again and again that she can outdance any challenger.” The New York Times

“There’s no tighter, more inventive ensemble active in deep funk and soul circles today.” The Washington Post

“Tight like the days when you did it right or you didn’t do it at all.” Pitchfork

“… gritty, credible, emotion-laden …” Rolling Stone

“Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings … are simply one of the most scorching outfits on the planet right now.” MOJO

“Jones and The Dap-Kings … are purely showbiz: She is a fireball of an entertainer who wants everyone to jump into the groove with her and give her props for taking them along for the ride.” Variety

“[The album] blew my hair back within the first 30 seconds of hearing it …”


01. The Game Gets Old
02. I Learned the Hard Way
03. Better Things
04. Give it Back
05. Money
06. The Reason
07. Window Shopping
08. She Ain’t a Child no More
09. I’ll Still Be True
10. Without a Heart
11. If You Call
12. Mama Don’t Like My Man

The album Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsI Learned The Hard Way” (Daptone Records) is going to be released April 9, 2010.

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