LAKE PLACID — “Electric Blues Night with Shemekia Copeland” promises to be a scintillating engagement, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at The Pines Inn Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series.
Presented by Hampton Inn & Suites Lake, Copeland’s is the fifth show in a seven-week series, sponsored by Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort.
The award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer has one of the most instantly recognizable and deeply soulful roots music voices of our time.
She is loved around the world for the fearlessness, honesty and humor of her revealing music, and for delivering every song she performs with unparalleled passion.
Copeland — winner of the 2021 Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer Of The Year — connects with her audience on an intensely personal level, taking them with her on what The Wall Street Journal calls “a consequential ride” of “daring blues and appropriate”. ”
NPR Music says she sings with “hard-hitting challenge and powerful conviction.” The Houston Chronicle describes his songs as “resilient pleas for a kinder future”.
‘MAKE IT COME TOO FAR’
On her new Alligator Records album, “Done Come Too Far,” Copeland continues the story she started telling on 2018’s “America’s Child” and 2020 Grammy-nominated “Uncivil War,” reflecting her vision of America’s past, present and future.
On “Done Come Too Far”, she delivers her hard-hitting musical truths through her eyes, those of a young black American woman, mother and wife. But she also likes to have a good time, and her music reflects that, sometimes bringing her sly sense of humor to the fore.
“This album was made by all sides of me – happy, sad, silly, angry – they’re all part of who I am and who we all are. I’m not political. I’m just talking about what’s going on. going on in this country,” Copeland said.
And she’s not holding back.
DO NOT STOP
Recorded in Nashville and produced by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Will Kimbrough (who also produced his two previous albums), “Done Come Too Far” is Copeland at his charismatic, passionate and confrontational best.
With singular purpose and simmering power, Copeland unleashes the searing, story-laden tracks “Too Far To Be Gone” (featuring Sonny Landreth on searing slide guitar) and “Done Come Too Far” (featuring award-winning Cedric Burnside). a Grammy, duet and playing Mississippi Hill Country blues guitar).
“If you think we’re stopping,” she sings in both songs, “you’ve been wrong.”
On The Talk, Copeland shares the brutally honest and heartbreaking reality of a black mother speaking with her son about surviving an encounter with the police (featuring the great Charles Hodges of the famous Hi Rhythm section on a pulsing B-3 organ ).
On the all too timely “Pink Turns To Red” (written and recorded before the Uvalde, Texas school shooting in May 2022), Copeland speaks out against the epidemic of gun violence in America.
The album’s best times and best days are equally strong in the fun, swampy “Fried Catfish and Bibles.”
Spirits were lifted in Copeland’s celebratory rendition of Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Barefoot In Heaven,” before closing the set with the heartfelt love song, “Nobody But You,” written by her famous father, the late bluesman Texan Johnny Clyde Copeland.
COMES FROM HARLEM
Copeland is used to the spotlight.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York in 1979, she first took the stage with her famous father at the Cotton Club in New York City when she was eight years old.
As soon as Copeland released her Alligator Records debut album, “Turn The Heat Up,” in 1998 at the age of 18, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with.
The New York Times and CNN, among others, have praised his talent, his larger than life personality, his dynamic and authoritative voice and his true star power. With each subsequent release, Copeland’s music has continued to evolve.
From her debut on “The Soul Truth” in 2005, Shemekia has won eight Blues Music Awards and a host of Living Blues Awards.
2000’s “Wicked” received the first of its four Grammy nominations.
After two successful releases on Telarc (including Grammy-nominated “33 1/3” in 2012), Copeland returned to Alligator Records in 2015 with Grammy-nominated, Blues Music Award-winning “Outskirts Of Love”. , mixing blues with more roots, American sounds.
With “America’s Child” in 2018, Copeland, now a mother of a baby boy, sang of the blessings and curses of the world around her.
MOJO magazine named “America’s Child” the #1 blues release of 2018. It won both the Blues Music Award and the Living Blues Award for album of the year. AllMusic said, “Witty and heartfelt…Shemekia Copeland is one of the finest contemporary blues singers, not only for her voice but also for her courage to use it to say something about American culture…showing good times and a social conscience can co-exist.”
Along with earning a Grammy nomination (his fourth), Copeland’s breakthrough 2020 release “Uncivil War” was named Blues Album of the Year 2020 by DownBeat, MOJO and Living Blues magazines.
The album, like its predecessor, delved into the hardships and happiness people experience, seeking common ground, demanding change, and always finding ways to have a good time.
“Shemekia Copeland is a powerhouse,” Rolling Stone said. “She can’t hurt.”
AROUND THE WORLD
Copeland has performed thousands of concerts in clubs, festivals, and concert halls around the world, and appeared in films, on national television, NPR, and has been featured in hundreds of magazines. , newspapers and Internet publications.
She sang with Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, James Cotton and many others, and shared a poster with the Rolling Stones. She entertained US troops in Iraq and Kuwait in 2008, a trip that she says “opened my eyes to the world around me and my place in it.”
In 2012 she performed with BB King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for the President and Mrs. Obama. She featured on PBS’s Austin City Limits and was the subject of a six-minute feature on PBS News Hour.
Copeland was the subject of a recent Washington Post Sunday magazine article and has appeared in both NPR’s weekend edition and Here and Now. and NPR’s Jazz Night In America recently aired an hour-long show featuring Copeland.
In April 2022, she performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall to a global audience of millions as part of International Jazz Day celebrations. Copeland continues to host his own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville.
But it’s not just the press and the radio that are singing Copeland’s praises. She is loved by fellow musicians across genres and demographics. Jeff Beck called it “incredible”. Carlos Santana said: “She is incandescent… a diamond.
Bonnie Raitt told BBC radio: “Shemekia always knocks me out.” The late John Prine said: “She’s unlike anyone else.”
Mary Gauthier said: “Shemekia is one of the great singers of our time. Her voice is nothing short of magical.
As for the continued evolution of her music, Copeland is very clear.
“Once my son was born,” she says, “I became even more committed to making the world a better place. On ‘America’s Child’, ‘Uncivil War’ and now ‘Done Come Too Far’, I tried to put the ‘United’ back in the United States. Friends, family and home, those things we all enjoy.
With “Done Come Too Far,” Copeland hits harder than ever with musically and lyrically adventurous songs and jaw-dropping performances that are both timely and timeless.
Noted Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich said, “Shemekia Copeland is the greatest blues singer working today. She pushes gender forward, confronting racism, hate, xenophobia and other perils of our time. Whatever the subject, however, there is no doubting the majesty of Copeland’s instrument, nor the ferocity of his delivery. Copeland reaffirms the relevance of the blues.