Hell yeah, Sharon Jones is back! In what has to be the feel good story of the year, at least in soul circles, Jones has apparently beat cancer, diagnosed earlier this year. It pushed back the release of her latest Give The People What They Want until just a couple weeks ago. Now, she and her band, the almighty Dap-Kings, take the stage again, starting on February 6. Now the real gushing: If you haven't had the chance to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings but get an opportunity, I would strongly advise you make it a priority. They're touring the East coast in February, but they'll make the rounds. I saw them a few years ago and it wasn't just the best show I've seen in a decade, it's among the best I've ever seen; and I'm no spring chicken so I've seen a lot.
Here's one song off the new one and a video for another. The video's cool. Jones is bald, presumably from the cancer treatment. That means she either did the video while she had cancer, or after she beat it. Either way it's remarkable. If you don't know her story, check out the Wikipedia entry, and the one at Daptone Records. She was already a feel good story ten years ago, and that was feel good enough. This is like some sort of feel good OD. We could all use some of that.
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