You have to respect the hell out of Shemekia Copeland.
Copeland, the Friday headliner at this year’s Fargo Blues Festival, has all the pyrotechnic singing ability of an Adele but has largely remained a fixture of the blues circuit. Given the love and commitment you’ll find in hardcore blues fans contrasted against the fickleness of pop music fans, that might not be a bad career choice. And, for a career that so far has spanned four albums and 15 of her 33 total years on Earth, there’s a lot to respect.
The daughter of Texas blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia has been singing on stage since the age of 16 and cut her first record at 19, and her talents have won the praise of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Dr. John. See for yourself: