The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, 2005

When we first heard the Dap-Kings, most of us had no idea who we were lis­ten­ing to. In 2006, the ten-piece New York soul out­fit was the name­less ses­sion band who backed the late Amy Wine­house on her break­through sec­ond al­bum, Back To Black. A year ear­lier, lo­cals were none the wiser to have heard their own song, Got A Thing On My Mind, fea­tur­ing singer Sharon Jones, when it was used in a Cad­bury’s com­mer­cial. Though still rel­a­tively ob­scure, the cult of the Dap-Kings grew when they toured Aus­tralia in 2008, then in 2010 and now again in 2014. “Don’t let no­body tell me / My thing it won’t come true / ’cos I ain’t lyin’ down / Till I get my due”, sang Jones, 58, who took last year off as she bat­tled (and beat) can­cer. The band’s recorded out­put has kept pace with its rep­u­ta­tion as an out­stand­ing live act, their most re­cent al­bum re­joic­ing un­der the ti­tle of Give The Peo­ple What They Want. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play the Tivoli, For­ti­tude Val­ley, on Fri­day.

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