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Set your recording devices folks... this week on Austin City Limits they are featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings followed by Carolyn Wonderland. Check your local listings here.

With a retro sound that goes beyond just an homage to the past, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are bringing the classic soul and funk to another generation of listeners. In the late 90s, Sharon Jones quickly earned the title “Queen of Funk” for her work at Desco Records.

When Desco, an independent label specializing in traditional funk and soul pressed exclusively to wax, closed it’s doors because of financial issues, Jones and Desco co-owner Bosco Mann put together a new group.

In 2001, the new group Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, released their debut CD Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to pick-up where Desco left off. Blender wrote: “The band replicates the surface effect of Otis Redding ballads, New Orleans jams and Motown pop-soul down to the last tambourine rattle.”

Carolyn Wonderland is a triple threat with diverse songwriting, soulful vocals and guitar goddess skills. One critic wrote “If you put Melissa Etheridge, Chrissie Hynde, and Dick Dale in a blender and hit puree, you’d get a pretty potent mixture called Carolyn Wonderland.”

With her latest release, Miss Understood, Wonderland is on the cusp of national stardom.

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