Released by Daptone
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are back with their fourth album I Learned the Hard Way. It’s another authentic, heart-felt album filled with heartache and daily struggles. It was produced by their own bandleader and bassist Gabriel “Bosco Mann” Roth and recorded in its entirety on an old Ampex eight-track tape. It wraps the record with a warmth and genuineness rarely found since the golden analog days of Stax Records. Sharon’s massive voice keeps getting stronger in her '50s, echoing the raw power of Tina Turner, the moaning soulfulness of Mavis Staples and the rhythmic swagger of James Brown. And with her background she speaks the truth. They’ve moved from the gritty funk to more mid-tempo and psychedelic soul.