If you’re missing the smooth soul and funk sounds of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, just wait: this year she’s going to be in your ears and theaters, too. The 57-year-old singer recently put the finishing touches on her currently untitled fifth studio album, the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed I Learned the Hard Way. “[We] finally got it mixed,” she told Hive earlier this month backstage at the Moody Theater in Austin, before the Daptone Records SXSW showcase. “We got 20 songs, which you gotta pick some off because you gotta come up with 12 or 13, but that’s done and it’s suppose to be coming out in September. We may get it out earlier August. Everybody wrote songs. It’s gonna be different. It’s gonna be so different that it may not be all soulful.”
Jones says that the album was recorded at Brooklyn’s Daptone Studios as well as a new studio that Daptone head Gabe Roth has in California. Jones herself has left her longtime home of New York City and relocated to North Augusta, South Carolina.
But in between recording new music and moving south, she’s been busy filming movies, with two due out this year. The first is a Peter McGennis indie-flick called Queen City, that stars McGennis and Vivica Fox. And this November, she’ll be seen along side Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner and Jon Favreau in the Martin Scorcese film The Wolf of Wall Street. Jones and the Dap-Kings play a wedding band and perform in the film and she says the songs will be on the soundtrack. “Believe it or not, the wedding scene that you’re watching is suppose to be based in 1970’s, so I’m supposed to be there with a wig on and the band guys all dressed. And we do this song like [James Bond theme] “Goldfinger, he’s the man!” Then we do something like “(Push Push) In the Bush.” You’ve got to hear it.” Honestly, we can’t wait.
Watch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ video for “I Learned the Hard Way”: