Album review: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – I learned the hard way(DAPTONE)

Text: George Nikas

Sharon Jones is not just old school, she herself is a whole school. She is black music at its best; authentic, honest, true soul music from New York with love. Ms. Jones reached this point the hard way taking her almost 50 years to establish herself in a impenetrable scene. So when driving in congested Athens under 35 degrees, shut the air-conditioning and let the window wide open, imagine that you are starring in a Blaxploitation movie and the only reason to hurry up is Cleopatra Jones.