LIVE: Shemekia Copeland @ The Falcon, 11/4/16
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Shemekia Copeland brought her bristling brand of blues to a full house at The Falcon in Marlboro last month. Unlike the world weariness of so many of today’s blues singers, Copeland sings with sass and defiance, heavily influenced by the late Koko Taylor.
Most of the music at The Falcon was selected from her latest CD, the Grammy-nominated Outskirts of Love. Songs such as the title song had the usual blues themes of lost love and lust. Others, including “Cardbox Box” and “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo,” seemed to come straight out of the city newsroom, and “The Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On)” showcased Copeland’s command of gospel influences.
The climax of the set was her signature “Ghetto Child” with the powerhouse blues queen wandering through the audience as she sang without her microphone but continued to fill the club with her passionate, industrial-strength voice. All the more amazing since she was seven and a half months pregnant!
Backed by a tight-as-a-glove band featuring Arthur Nielson on lead guitar, Willie Scandlyn on rhythm/slide guitar, Kevin Jenkins on bass and Robin Gould on drums, Copeland scratched that itch I had to hear the real-deal blues.
GO HERE to see more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of the concert…