Daryl Hall has long been praised for his roots in R&B, soul and funk, and on the 34th and latest edition of the award-winning web show Live from Daryl’s House, Daryl gets to share his love for that style of music with the critically acclaimed powerhouse diva Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings. Featuring a seven-song set that includes the Daryl-penned standards “Do What You Want, Be, What You Are” and “It’s Uncanny,” a soaring cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun” and four great Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings songs, the Webby-winning series’ latest episode debuts Sept. 15 at www.lfdh.com.
The latest Live from Daryl’s House spotlights the powerhouse vocals of Jones, who has made a name for herself with four independently released albums, including the latest, I Learned the Hard Way, recorded at their House of Soul Studios, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard charts when it was released earlier this year on their own Daptone label. The Boston Globe raved that Jones “sings of hard times, infidelity, and other life lessons with total authority.” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” was featured in the opening credits of last year’s Oscar-nominated movie Up in the Air, and included on the soundtrack album.
Sharon had the time of her life during the sessions. “Oh, man. First off, it was the best piece of roast beef I ever ate,” she enthuses. “But seriously, It was such an honor and a thrill to be at Daryl’s house and to get to make music, relax and have a good time. Everyone should visit.”
The set included Jones wailing away on the title track from her most recent album, I Learned the Hard Way, along with two tracks from her album 100 Days, 100 Nights, including the title track and “Tell Me,” as well as “Got a Thing on My Mind,” from the group’s 2002 debut, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
“Sharon Jones is an amazing talent and an incredible singer,” marvels Daryl. “You could say she tore the roof off of my house.”
The past 12 months have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual awards show. That same month, Daryl took part in a special set with former show guests Chromeo at Bonnaroo.
The past 33 episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like matchbox twenty’s Rob Thomas, Train’s Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson, Cash Money rocker Kevin Rudolf, Wind-up Records’ Chicago rockers Company of Thieves, Bay Area singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson, Charlottesville, VA’s rising Parachute, Chicago rock band Plain White T’s, Boston bluesman Eli “Paperboy” Reed and highly touted tunesmith Diane Birch.
Daryl started the free monthly webcast in November 2007 after having the idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has since garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Daily Variety, CNN, BBC, Yahoo! Music and influential blogger Bob Lefsetz, who have cited Live From Daryl’s House as a perfect example of a veteran artist reinventing himself in the digital age by collaborating with both established colleagues and newer performers.