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Classic Album Review: Shemekia Copeland | Talking to Strangers

The second-generation blues artist has everything going for her on her third album.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For those not yet up to speed: Shemekia Copeland is the daughter of Texas blues-guitar legend Johnny Copeland.

She’s a potent, big-lunged belter in the manner of Koko Taylor and Etta James. She writes some of her own tunes. On her third album Talking To Strangers, she gets by (quite handily, we might add) with the help of friends like Dr. John, who produces and leads a rockingly bumptious band through 15 top-shelf soul, R&B, funk and blues tracks. Oh yeah — and she just turned 23. With all those genes and talent behind and around her, you can fully understand how Shemekia Copeland can sing the blues as wonderfully she does. But it sure does make you wonder what cause she has to be singing ’em.