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- Posted on May 16th 2010 3:00PM by Jillian Mapes
The bonafide country queen entertained the crowd with performances from her children before taking the stage herself for a one-hour set. After an awkward Viagra joke and an instrumental flub, Loretta saved her kids from their minor embarrassments, like any good mother would.
After all, the aging Appalachian crowd had waited all day to see her, and she did not disappoint, despite frequently passing off vocal duties to her trio of male backup singers. At the age of 75, Lynn was the personification of old-school country music, both in her hot pink, sequined ball gown and in her musical stylings, which included her big hits 'You're Lookin' At Country' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter.' The Appalachian queen had returned home.
While Lynn entertained the crowd with her rich musical legacy, Sharon Jones enthralled festivalgoers in a more instinctive way -- by inspiring them to dance the night away. The Dap-Kings, Jones' eight-piece backing band and the Daptone Records house band, kicked off the set with a lively instrumental rendition of the Four Tops' 'Reach Out I'll Be There.' Then, 110 pounds of pure soul revival -- aka Jones -- took the stage and didn't stop working the crowd for another hour.
Jones and the Dap-Kings played through the majority of their latest album, 'I Learned The Hard Way,' which was released just two weeks ago. Many well-loved songs off their 2007 album '100 Days, 100 Nights' also peppered the set, including, most memorably, 'Be Easy.' To help illustrate the song's lyrics, Sharon recruited a young fan named Adam from the side of the stage. A foxy Jones educated Adam on the ways of seduction, placing his hands on her hips and telling him to "take his time" and, of course, "be easy." The only person more enthralled and shocked than the audience by the whole thing was Adam himself. Jones later invited more fans on stage -- this time a gaggle of ladies -- to dance alongside her.
Jones and company rounded out the set with their biggest hit, '100 Days, 100 Nights,' before leaving the stage, though only temporarily. The rabid crowd literally demanded an encore and Sharon obliged, but not before her bandleader told showgoers that they were "being greedy." No one minded the insult and the band played into the night.
The Nelsonville Music Festival, a three-day folk, rock, blues and country fest taking place in Nelsonville, OH, continues today with a headlining set from the Swell Season.
Sharon Jones on AOL Music
Loretta Lynn on AOL Music