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Shemekia Copeland: Uncivil War

Read "Uncivil War" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland has firmly established herself as one of the most important modern blues artists. Though born in Harlem and raised in New Jersey, her sound has always clearly shouted Texas, reflecting her family ties to the music through her father, Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland. Her albums have called attention to her powerful instrument and natural penchant to find the inner soul of the material she chooses. On Uncivil War (Alligator, 2020), she plays above the rim, teaming ...

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Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts Of Love

Read "Outskirts Of Love" reviewed by James Nadal


The Blues. Much has been written about how it has influenced countless artists in a variety of genres, but few can claim to have been born into the blues. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland, as daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, has this unique distinction, and has borne this trait with heartfelt integrity. Bequeathed with a dynamic and assertive voice, Outskirts Of Love is an affirmation that she has taken the blues into contemporary territory, while maintaining the raw emotion that ...

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Live Review

Shemekia Copeland: New York, NY, January 18, 2013

Read "Shemekia Copeland: New York, NY, January 18, 2013" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


Shemekia Copeland The Iridium New York, NY January 18, 2013 Shemekia Copeland has a big voice. She sings with a passion and can fill a room with her beautiful tones without the benefit of amplification. Touring behind 33 1/3 (Telarc, 2012), Copeland did just that during her early show at New York's sold-out Iridium nightclub by strolling between the tables while singing an impassioned version of her father's (the late blues guitarist Johnny “Clyde" Copeland) ...

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Shemekia Copeland: Wicked

Read "Wicked" reviewed by Ed Kopp


Young blues belter Shemekia Copeland is often compared to Koko Taylor, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. With only two albums in her discography, Copeland has a long row to hoe before she belongs on the same high pedestal as those three legends. Still, the 21-year-old daughter of Johnny Copeland is a fine blues shouter who can also deliver a soul ballad or an R&B rave-up with precocious skill. Wicked is a good (not great) showcase for Copeland's powerful ...


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