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Most men can’t keep up with Sharon Jones. In songs like “How Do I Let a Good Man Down” and “Your Thing Is a Drag,” she renounces the various guys who can’t amuse her, outdrink her, or get her off. She’s too much woman for them, and small wonder, since her story is even more hardboiled than her persona. After an unexceptional career as a session singer, Jones left the studio in the ’80s for a job as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, then as a guard for Wells Fargo armored vehicles. Rediscovered during a 1996 Lee Fields studio session, Jones emerged as something of an armored vehicle herself: Her thick-skinned revivalist soul, supported by some of the naughtiest horn charts since James Brown, buoys an unsentimental charisma equipped with a knockout cadence. She’s also found a few guys who can keep pace: the Dap-Kings, known best (if dismissively) as Amy Winehouse’s backing group, the hottest rhythm section this side of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS PERFORM WITH NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS ON FRI., MAY 8, AT 8 P.M. AND ON SAT., MAY 9, AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, $30. (202) 265-0930.