You have to admire bands with a “we’ll play anywhere” philosophy, but few would dare play the reception of a cancelled wedding. But Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have a rare spirit, on display all over their latest track “Stranger To My Happiness,” as well as their post-chemo lead singer. Cautionary yet liberated, the band glide through their rejuvenating, hermetically sealed soul, preaching the virtues of brushing the dirt off your shoulders and turning it into solid gold. Who cares if Debbie and – ugh- Sven didn’t get married? That half-eaten cake’s getting the best show for miles around.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ Give The People What They Want is out January 14th via Daptone.