June 8, 2001 |
Who says you have to be going gray before you can sing the blues? Not Shemekia Copeland. At the tender age of 22, the singer is already a commanding presence in the field. And she has the industry validation to back it up: Last month at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards - the blues' version of the Grammys - the daughter of late blues great Johnny Copeland scored an impressive hat trick: best female contemporary blues artist, best song ("It's 2 A.M.," written by Rick Vito), and blues album of the year (Wicked)
October 24, 1986 |
One of the most acclaimed young British rock bands, the Woodentops, will perform Sunday in Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. The Woodentops' first American release, Giant (Columbia), features pretty melodies, murmured vocals and vigorously strummed acoustic guitars. In the old days, we called this "folk-rock. " These days, in the amnesiac pop world, it's the Next Big Thing From England. This, of course, is not the Woodentops' fault. At its best, this quintet takes familiar styles and makes them its own - this is the sound of hesitation and doubt, of romantic hemming and hawing, offered in a gentle, unassuming manner.
April 25, 1986 |
New Edition, the Force M.D.'s and Cherelle combine to form an exciting bill at the Spectrum for two shows tomorrow. These three acts offer the latest refinements in pop/rhythm-and-blues, each with its own stylistic variation. New Edition's latest album, All for Love (MCA), proves that this Boston quartet is far more than the teeny-bopper novelty act many observers had assumed when "Candy Girl" became an out-of-nowhere hit single in 1981. Groups of singing teenagers that score one hit and then disappear into rock-and-roll history are a familiar story, but New Edition has managed to build a solid career, even as the members' voices have changed.
March 6, 2009 |
Shemekia Copeland figured it was time to speak up. "Talking about religion and politics and things like that, I've never done that before, purposely," the blues powerhouse says over the phone from her Chicago home. "But with all the stuff that's going on in the world right now, I just felt it hard not to talk about some of this stuff and how I felt about it. " Copeland is referring to her fifth album, the terrific new Never Going Back, which includes such hard-hitting sides as "Sounds Like the Devil," "Big Brand New Religion," "Broken World," and Buddy and Julie Miller's "Dirty Water.
October 10, 2005 |
With her snazzy purple blouse, some breezy between-song jokes, and a voice huge enough to contain elements of soul and gospel, Shemekia Copeland is a latter-day personification of the urbane blues nightclub performer. Rough-hewn guitarist Otis Taylor, by contrast, electrifies the choppy trancelike repetitions of the oldest Delta blues, in the tradition of John Lee Hooker. But at World Cafe Live on Friday, both acts captured a mix of humor with pain, and of broad entertainment with social criticism that marks the truest blues performances.
November 25, 1993 |
Blues great Albert Collins, 61, a Grammy Award winner for his distinctive guitar tone, died yesterday at his home in Las Vegas after a three-month battle with lung cancer. As a vocalist and guitarist, Mr. Collins was one of the world's best-known and best-respected bluesmen. Musician magazine called him "the most powerful blues guitarist in the world. " He was one of the first blues stars to appeal to a rock-and-roll audience. He got his nickname - "the master of the Telecaster" (a kind of guitar)
October 1, 2012 |
What a strange patch of the blues world Shemekia Copeland has come to call home. Blessed with a set of pipes that would make a steamfitter blush, the daughter of late Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland was born into, and eventually coronated by, a blues institution steeped in tradition. (She was crowned "Queen of the Blues" at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival.) As with other long-neglected blues and R&B vets, she's finding audiences with kids who don't know B.B. King from Albert. What's a tradition-minded former child prodigy to do?
October 7, 2005 |
Shemekia Copeland wasn't sure which direction to go in for her fourth album. Her third, the Dr. John-produced Talking to Strangers, had further established the daughter of the late bluesman Johnny Copeland as one of the most commanding young voices in the blues. "I wanted to do a live record, but the record company said no," the 26-year-old singer said from her Chicago home. So the blues powerhouse decided to pursue another musical love - soul. "Cropper's name came up, and we got in touch with him and he said he wanted to do it," Copeland added.
September 28, 2012
Shemekia Copeland "I'll sing the blues to you," Shemekia Copeland declares on her new album, 331/3 . Will she ever. The daughter of the late blues great Johnny Copeland, Shemekia has firmly established herself as a commanding blues presence in her own right, even while showing that her definition of the music is pretty expansive. In the past she has worked with such name producers as Dr. John and Steve Cropper. For 331/3 she teams up for the second straight time with guitarist and songwriter Oliver Wood of the rootsy but tough-to-define Wood Brothers, and again it's a fruitful collaboration.
October 2, 1998 |
Mem Shannon worries that he's not bringing the right clothes to such a posh affair. "Will they let me in wearing sneakers?" he teases. Shemekia Copeland is concerned that the price of admission might keep a lot of music fans away. But folks who dress up nice and fork out $100 apiece for tomorrow night's Great Philadelphia Blues Festival Dinner Dance at the University of Pennsylvania Museum will surely be getting their money's worth, and a wail of a good show. Headlining acts Shannon and Copeland are two of the hottest and most intriguing young blues performers in the nation.