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Shemekia Copeland

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Shemekia Copeland - Blues Singer When singing sensation Shemekia Copeland first appeared on the scene in 1997 with her groundbreaking debut CD, “Turn The Heat Up,” she quickly became, at 18 years old, a roots music superstar. Critics from around the country celebrated Shemekia's music as fans of all ages agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. Shemekia released two more CDs: 2000's Grammy nominated “Wicked,” and 2002's Talking To Strangers,” (produced by Dr. John), and in that short period of time, collected five Blues Music Awards, a Grammy nomination, five Living Blues Awards, and was honored with the coveted "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" Award by the DownBeat Critics' Poll

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News: Event

Rebirth Brass Band Perform With Sol Roots And Gordon Sterling At The Hamilton Live

Rebirth Brass Band Perform With Sol Roots And Gordon Sterling At The Hamilton Live

Closing out 2023 with a bang, New Orleans musical heavyweights Rebirth Brass Band appear for a two night run at The Hamilton Live in Washington D.C, also featuring the fierce funk/soul guitarist Sol Roots on December 30th, and the talented group Gordon Sterling & The People on December 31th. Rebirth Brass Band Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band ...

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Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: DISC 1: Give Me Back My Wig (Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers); I'm A Woman (Koko Taylor); Have Mercy (Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell); Somebody Loan Me A Dime (Fenton Robinson); It’s My Fault, Darling (Professor Longhair); Telephone Angel (Son Seals); Lights Out (Johnny Winter); Blue Monday Hangover (Albert Collins); Little Car Blues (James Cotton); The Dream (Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland); Pawnshop Bound (William Clarke); Ridin' the Blinds (Live) (Lonnie Mack); Cold Lonely Nights (Live) (Lonnie Brooks); Soul Fixin’ Man (Live) (Luther Allison); Got My Mojo Working (Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown); Sloppy Drunk (Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women); That Did It (Roy Buchanan); Keep On Lovin' Me, Baby (The Paladins).


DISC 2: Love Disease (Michael Burks); I'm A Blues Man (Kenny Neal); Run Myself Out of Town (The Holmes Brothers); Jump Star (Little Charlie & The Nightcats); I'm Still Leaving You (Katie Webster); Don't Lose My Number (Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King); Corner Of The Blanket (The Kinsey Report); I Got A Rich Man's Woman (Carey Bell); Au Contraire, Mon Frere (C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band); There's A Devil On The Loose (Mavis Staples); Presumed Innocent (Michael Hill's Blues Mob); Not What You Said Last Night (Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin); Man Of Considerable Taste (Billy Boy Arnold): Ain't Seen My Baby (Cephas & Wiggins); Marfa Lights (Long John Hunter); Phone Line (Dave Hole): Josephine (Eric Lindell); I Won't Do That (Joe Louis Walker); That's What Love Will Make You Do (Janiva Magness); Going Back to Alabama (The Siegel-Schwall Band); Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You? (Corey Harris & Henry Butler).
DISC 3: Party Town (Marcia Ball); What You See Is What You Get (Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials); In A Roomful Of Blues (Roomful of Blues); Blue and Lonesome (Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues); Outside of This Town (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram); Clotilda's On Fire (Shemekia Copeland); The Longer That I Live (Curtis Salgado); Living In a Burning House (Selwyn Birchwood); Midnight Hour Blues (Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite); Ain't No Fun (When The Rabbit Got The Gun) (The Cash Box Kings); Make It Back To Memphis (Live) (Tommy Castro & The Painkillers); A Woman (Live) (JJ Grey & Mofro); I'm Running (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats); You Didn't Think About That (Coco Montoya); Ice Cream In Hell (Tinsley Ellis); You Won't Have A Problem When I'm Gone (Chris Cain); Too Late (Guitar Shorty); The High Cost of Low Living (The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling); The Chicago Way (Toronzo Cannon).

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Uncivil War

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Clotilda's On Fire; Walk Until I Ride; Uncivil War; Money Makes You Ugly; Dirty Saint; Under My Thumb; Apple Pie and a .45; Give God the Blues; She Don't Wear Pink; No Heart At All; In the Dark, Love Song.

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Paul Kelly/Paul Grabowsky Please Leave Your Light On Cooking Vinyl 2020 Less the blues in ...

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Outskirts Of Love

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Outskirts Of Love; Crossbone Beach; Devil’s Hand; the Battle Is Over (But The War Goes On); Cardboard Box; Drivin’ Out Of Nashville; I Feel A Sin Coming On; Isn’t That So; Jesus Just Left Chicago; Long As I Can See The Light; Wrapped Up In Love Again; Lord Help the Poor And Needy.

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Article: Year in Review

James Nadal's Best of 2015

Read "James Nadal's Best of 2015" reviewed by James Nadal


These selections start out heavy into the blues, in appreciation to those that are still playing and producing this important American art form. Gospel and soul tinged vocals as well as a Latin dance oriented orchestra are represented, as is African derived world music featuring native acoustic instrumentation. We round it out by offering a trio ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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