FAME Review: Shemekia Copeland - 33⅓
Shemekia Copeland - 33⅓


Shemekia Copeland

Telarc - TEL-33199-02

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This young—33⅓ years old on the release date of this disc—singer, has already played for President Obama and First Lady Michelle, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger and B.B. King and played her home theater, The Apollo. She has been presented with Koko Taylor's title, as new "Queen Of The Blues" by none other than Cookie Taylor, Koko's daughter. Her love is singing the blues and she learned early on from her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland, though at first she didn't want to sing. When her father's health was sliding downhill she started singing again, and fortunately for us hasn't stopped.

This is her second disc for Telarc and it is an exceedingly strong mix of songs bringing a blues treatment to songs as diverse as Bob Dylan's, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, to Sam Cooke's, Ain't That Good News, to Randy Weeks country with Can't Let Go,(written for Lucinda Williams), to her father's, One More Time. Her band is solid with some top notch people and she brings in big name guests on two cuts; J.J. Grey shares vocals on Mississippi Mud, and on the almost violent, Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo, Buddy Guy adds some of his most fiery guitar lines that mimic the story in the song.

This is a solid effort throughout and rises far above the standards set today. It shows the passing of the "Queen" title is well deserved. This is Blues that is true to its roots and yet very relevant and connected to the now and to ever changing world.

Track List:

  • Lemon Pie
  • Can't Let Go
  • Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo1
  • Somebody Else's Jesus
  • A Woman
  • I'll Sing The Blues
  • Mississippi Mud
  • One More Time
  • Ain't That News
  • Hangin' Up
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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