by Shemekia Copeland Shemekia Copeland


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Shemekia Copeland may be the daughter of a singer and guitarist whose performances were so fierce he was called the Texas Twister, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland, but her second CD, Wicked, drives like a New York City cabbie. Copeland the younger burns rubber on the manhunt ditty "It's 2 a.m."; swerves in and out of the Uptown Horns on "Not Tonight," and puts the pedal to the metal for "Wild, Wild Woman." Adding fuel to this wild ride through the contemporary blues landscape is guitarist Jimmy Vivino of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," who fronts the studio band and shares in the producing credits. But there is also a cruise control that allows Copeland's mighty voice to lay back into the ballad of bullets and poverty "Up On 1-2-5," the cheating tale "The Other Woman," and her daddy's gospel-tinged "It's My Own Tears." The only other cover is Tony Joe White's "Steamy Windows," which gets a raging funk treatment. But Copeland gets down right down home on the folky "Beat Up Guitar" and "If He Moves His Lips," on which she shares vocals with veteran R&B singer Ruth Brown. Like her voice, Copeland's talent is vast, and she gives every facet of that gift a workout on Wicked.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551487524
catalogNumber: 4875
Rank: 33391


  1. It's 2 A.M.
  2. Not Tonight
  3. Love Scene
  4. The Other Woman
  5. Whole Lotta Water
  6. Beat up Guitar
  7. Miss Hy Ciditty
  8. Up on 1-2-5
  9. Wild, Wild Women
  10. The Fool You're Looking For
  11. If He Moves His Lips
  12. Steamy Windows
  13. It's My Own Tears

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shemekia Copeland   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ruth Brown   Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Robert Funk   Trombone
Barry Harrison   Drums
Michael Merritt   Bass
Brian Mitchell   Keyboards
Arthur Neilson   Guitar
Uptown Horns   Horn
Jimmy Vivino   Guitar
Fred Walcott   Percussion
James Wormworth   Drums
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Doña Oxford   Electric Piano
Eric King   Bass

Technical Credits

John Hahn   Producer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Jimmy Vivino   Producer
Jeff Basso   Engineer

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