What A Set Of Pipes!

I saw Shemekia Copeland about nine years ago, opening for the late great Koko Taylor, and have been waiting for the chance to see her again. My patience was rewarded with the perfect seat at a stellar show at Regattabar last month.

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia has matured tremendously since I last saw her, and that was a pleasure to behold. She was an excellent entertainer then, threading her way through the audience at that show. She still has fabulous rapport with her fans; the face of everyone in the crowd sported a wide grin throughout the show. That was matched by Shemekia’s own grin!

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

She is backed by a terrific band, consisting of Kevin Jenkins on bass, Ken ‘Willie’ Scandlyn on guitar, Robin Gould III on drums, and Arthur Neilson on guitar.

Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

Ken 'Willie' Scandlyn

Ken ‘Willie’ Scandlyn

Robin Gould III

Robin Gould III

Arthur Neilson

Arthur Neilson

Shemekia said one of the funniest things I have heard at a show in a while:  “Country music ain’t nothing but the blues with a twang!”

Arthur Neilson and Shemekia Copeland

Arthur Neilson and Shemekia Copeland

Her repertoire covers blues, soul, and rhythm and blues, both original and covers. She sang several songs written by her father, Johnny Copeland. He died before he could see how talented his daughter is, and she sings in tribute to him.

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

They all put their hearts and souls into this performance, as they no doubt do at every performance.

Shemekia Copeland and her band

Shemekia Copeland and (most of) her band

I am guessing that each show is different, so I hope to see her again soon. If she is performing in a city near you, go see her. I doubt you will be disappointed.

Thanks to Regattabar for the ticket; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on May 8, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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