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Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens

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Daptone Records, the kids who safely shepherded soul singer Sharon Jones from wedding-band anonymity to semi-popstar status, have another worthy veteran on their hands with Brooklyn gospel purveyor Naomi Shelton. Her raspy delivery is a reminder of the place where a great like Wilson Pickett learned the craft before Long Tall Sally led him off into temptation—check out her excellent disc, What Have You Done, My Brother?, for evidence of this. DJ Greg Caz gets things started.