Shemekia Copeland with special guest Nicholas Barron - 10/12
at City Winery Chicago
At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland’s shot at the eventual title of Queen of the Blues is pretty clear. By some standards, she may already be there.
Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.
“I’ve had success in my career, and I’m happy with that,” she says. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue to grow. In order for an artist to grow – and for a genre to grow – you have to do new things. I’m extremely proud to say I’m a blues singer, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I’m capable of singing, or that’s the only style of music I’m capable of making.”
She adds: “I want to keep growing. My main goal when I started this was that I was going to do something different with this music, so that this music could evolve and grow. I got that idea from my father. He didn’t do the typical one-four-five blues. He went to Africa and worked with musicians there. He was one of the first blues artists to do that. I want to be the same way. I want to be innovative with the blues.”
About Nicholas Barron:
Nicholas Barron is a Musician's musician and a genuine American artist in every way. He's a songwriter, a guitarist, singer, and painter. He is one of the most powerful Solo artist's on Earth; at once combining fierce Acoustic guitar playing with flowing bass and big open tunings-whistling impressive Solo's, and using his signature mouth percussion. On top of that, he own's a singing voice that is at once Otis Redding old school and fresh and unique in a future Blues kind of way.
In January 2007, James Taylor called him "undeniable" when he introduced him as the launch artist for The NY Times Emerging artists series at Joe's Pub in New York City. Nicholas recently recorded the John Martyn song "Angeline" for the John Martyn tribute record that will be released in the Fall of 2010. It was produced by the great Jim Tullio, John's long time producer and will also have artists including Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson, Beck, The Cure and many others!
Nicholas has opened concerts for Al Green, BB King, Johnny Cash, Joan Armatrading, Nelly Furtado, Neville Brothers, G. Love, The Doobie Brothers, Subdudes, Maceo Parker, War, The Meters, Groove Collective, Average White Band, Tuck and Patti, Michael Bolton, Charlie Hunter, Karl Denson, John Martyn and more!
His many accolades include: "Top-ten artist to watch in the Midwest"- Playboy; "The best of the next generation of great soul singers and great songwriters" - Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns; all of his CDs have been named "Best of Chicago" by Richard Milne of Chicago radio station XRT and have been featured on "Best of XRT."