In less than a week now, I Learned the Hard Way, the latest release from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is set to drop. And boy do I have a bevy of succulent goodies to share with you to go along with it. You might want to ask first though if it is any good. Is it any good?!?!? Seriously. Does Binky Griptite know how to introduce a band? Does Daptone Records release some of the juiciest 45's put out today? Did Amy Winehouse owe a whole lot of her success to a certain horn section? Hell yeah I say.
Want to hear it yourself? NPR is streaming the entire album up until its release on the 6th, so head there to taste it yourself. On top of that, they've got a stellar live recording from their SXSW showcase on the festival's opening night. Head here instead to download the entire show, which features a slew of songs from the new album, a few older ones, and some new ones that are so new they're not even on the new album! While you are waiting for it to download, listen to Road of a Brokenhearted Man / When the Saints Go Marching In from the show below.
AND, in case you haven't heard, the group is playing the historic Apollo theater in NYC on April 31st and May 1st! If ANYONE out there is going and happens to have an extra ticket, please feel absolutely free to drop me a line and offer it my way!
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Road of a Brokenhearted Man / When the Saints Go Marching In : Live at SXSW 3-17-10 (studio version on I Learned the Hard Way)