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At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as ... Read more in Amazon's Shemekia Copeland Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B001P9PX1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All I can say is this woman can SING.
Alia
Her intonation is excellent, and she has a good control over microtonal intervals.
Art and Music
Shemekia's soulful and smoky voice paints fascinating pictures in these songs.
C. White

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Five HUGE Stars!! WOW!! Multi-"W.C. Handy award"-winning Shemekia Copeland rocks the blues!! In what may be her best recording yet, this 29 year-old blues-belting queen is on fire, singing with a verve & power well beyond her years. Daughter of blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, she gives a virtuoso demonstration of the versatility of one of America's greatest musical art forms, tossing R&B, soul, jazz, country, rock, folk, gut-bucket, and ballads into the mix for diversity. Aided by a wonderful backup group and very adept 'pitch-riding' background vocals, Ms Copeland is nothing short of sensational, sending the powerful message that the blues can be sad but it doesn't have to be depressing: it can even be inspiring.

The 'best of the best' begins with Shemekia's loping, intense "Sounds Like The Devil" and then 'doubling down', there is the smoldering gut-bucket "Dirty Water" that has some intense guitar backing and rocking bass and drum. Then there is the touching, gentle blues "Black Crow" (which went straight to my iPod) and "Never Going Back to Memphis" is marvelous with an electric guitar solo that pours on the heat. "Born a Penny" and "Limousine" are radio-ready. And "The Truth is the Light", the venerable "River's Invitation", and the inspirational duo "Rise Up" and "Circumstances" keep up the level of this CD's excellence. Huge 'props' to the arranger and the hard-swinging backup groups that are perfect setups for Ms Copeland's dazzling blues artistry. She has "a want and a need" to sing and it shows. Shemekia Copeland is the real deal!! My HIghest Recommendation. Five BLUESY Stars! (This review is based on an iTunes Plus download. DO NOT trust the sound samples, they don't even scratch the surface of this great music.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. White on February 26, 2009
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I recently saw Shemekia perform "Never Going Back to Memphis" on Letterman's show which led me to buy the CD.

As far as I'm concerned this has some of the best blues songs I've heard. I especially enjoyed "Sounds Like the Devil", "Dirty Water" as well as "Never Going Back to Memphis". Shemekia's soulful and smoky voice paints fascinating pictures in these songs. These are Blues with an up-tempo rhythm.

The other thing I loved is the instruments behind her. You feel like you are in a small room with just her and a few great blues instrumentalists. I don't quite know how to say it except that the sound is "clean" without a lot of processing. In a way it reminds me of the old Sun studio sound - but of course a different venue and better recording capabilities.

The middle tracks run a bit more down-tempo and have a jazz/blues type sound. They aren't my favorites - But they make for a good ride through the CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Art and Music on February 26, 2009
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Telarc Records is well known as one of the leading producers of independent roots and blues music. Thus it is no surprise that this new release by Shemekia Copeland is top-notch in every way.

Shemekia sings with clear diction and carefully controlled dynamics. Her intonation is excellent, and she has a good control over microtonal intervals. She is primarily a straight-ahead singer with a strong voice and does not need to lean on a lot of frilly decorations.

The recording quality is excellent and so are the backing musicians. I especially like the well-rounded guitar work of Oliver Wood, who easily navigates the impressive variety of styles included here. Overall, the songs have modern blues overtones, but there are also shades of funky blues; vintage-style R&B; Old Mississippi blues sounds, and gospel-style blues.

Telarc is doing a good job bridging the gap between traditional and modern blues styles. This is a good recording by talented, veteran musicians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on June 15, 2009
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As I listened to track #6 of this album, a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow," and listened to Chris Wood's cool bass groove, I involuntarily shouted out, "Groovy!" Then I chastized myself for being so "hopelessly '60's."

But actually, "groovy" fits. This c.d. is a recreation of the blues, soul, funk and r & b groove of the 1960's-early 1970's, predominantly "Stax Records" and "Muscle Shoals"-types of sound (without horns). Producer and main instrumentalist (guitar) Oliver Wood has gone for that sound, and it absolutely works here.

Check out "Never Going Back to Memphis," for example, where Wood's twangy guitar sounds like "Spies in the Night" from "Dr. No." Or consider "Big Brand New Religion," where Wood lays out a lick that I vividly recall from Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On," ca. 1965. This c.d. is very definitely a '60's retro.

And as for Ms. Copeland, she is quite reminiscent of Mavis Staples. She sings with a little bit more restraint than that (as well as a little bit more restraint than two similar contemporaries, Bettye Lavette and Candi Staton), but restraint is not such a bad thing in this case. The whole production sounds quite musical. Shemekia Copeland can shout, without straining.

And I have to say, although it's not my favorite track on the disc, the hook of "The Truth is the Light" has wormed its way into my brain, and simply won't let go.

I'm surprised and pleased to see Telarc get into this line of music. Telarc is one of the best jazz labels out there, and lending its name and its sound to the blues can only be a good thing.

Bottom line: This is one of the most enjoyable discs of 2009 so far. Whether it proves to be one of the best of the year is yet to be seen; but it is 5 stars in my book, any year. RC
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