YouTube: The Dap Kings

Posted on: Saturday, Sep 22, 2007

There is a fabulous stable of talent at Daptone records in Brooklyn, New York. The cornerstone of this label are The Dap Kings. Here’s what the Daptone website says about The Dap Kings.

The Dap-Kings are the backing band for Sharon Jones, as well as the mighty house-band of Daptone records, today‚Äôs premier source of real Funk & Soul. Led by bassist and producer Bosco Mann, the dapper eight-piece Dap-Kings–horns, guitars, congas and drum kit–always lay down a gritty groove. From meaty breakbeats and jams that echo the best of the JBs to beautiful ballads that would make Aretha smile, the veteran Dap-Kings know how to sweat and deliver. DJs, hip-hop producers and thousands of fans worldwide have taken notice. Give a listen. So will you.

When TheDap-Kings are not on the road or in the studio, they stay busy filling out the ranks of such esteemed acts as the Sugarman Three, the Mighty Imperials, , Dirt Rifle and the Bullets, the Budos, and the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

As ever the upcoming European tour of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings seems to go everywhere but the UK – Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland *sigh*.

So for all of us who will not get chance to see the band live……..

Dap Kings – Casella Walk

Binky Griptite and the Dee Kays – Super Good

Sharon Jones and the Dap KIngs – Things got to get better

There is a Daptone photo pool over at Flickr to see pictures of the bands in action.



September 22nd, 2007 at 22:27
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The Dap Kings…cool as f**k..nice mention if I’m right their sound is all over Amy Winehouse’s album particularly Rehab
May the Dap be with you!
By the way Ken..good recommendation with Mofro have just bought Country Ghetto and Lochloosa great stuff! Hope your new band is going well.
Jonny from The Stumble



September 23rd, 2007 at 22:32
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Hiya Jonny,

Yup! can do cool, I can’t – but the site can.

Glad you liked the slightly left-field choices. Don’t get me wrong, I love my traditional blues but there is so much great music out there — there aren’t really enough hours in the day, days in the week or weeks in the year.

Now, if only I could just survive without the pesky day job.



September 23rd, 2007 at 22:36
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…..actually on reading my comment again, I can’t complain, I am writing this from sultry Sevilla after a day in the sun, enjoying the sights, the sun and the tapas.

Maybe the day job isn’t so bad after all.

What Sevilla really needs is a fantastic little blues bar, not to big, not too small with great food and great music.



September 25th, 2007 at 05:29
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Ken I don’t know if you know this already but unfortunately it seems that Gary Primich has passed away.



September 25th, 2007 at 08:06
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Bloody hell – no I didn’t know. I’m here in Spain at the momenta bit distant from all my blues news.

That is terrible. I was a huge fan of Gary’s. He wasn’t the world’s greatest singer but he did deliver his songs with passion and from the heart, but he was one of my favourite harp players. Great tone – very unique style. I learned a lot from Gary.