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Stage Buzz – Live Shots: Shemekia Copeland


IE’s Sweet Home column blues editor  Rosalind-Cummings Yeates wrote this of Shemekia Copeland  in 2010: “The blues had a baby and it called her Shemekia. Nursed on her father Johnny “Clyde” Copeland’s legacy of throbbing, funk-filled blues and groomed on the nuanced belting of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, and O.V. Wright, Shemekia Copeland represents the greatest contemporary blues hope since Stevie Ray Vaughan. At 31 (now 34) , she’s a mere toddler by blues standards but with five critically acclaimed albums and a voice filled with enough power and poise to inspire a royal title, she stands firmly positioned to steer the blues back into pop-culture visibility.

4 years later, Shemekia’s legacy has been further cemented based on performances like she had last week at SPACE in Evanston, IE’s Ed Spinelli caught her and her band live……


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