Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.The Chicago Tribunesays Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Musiccalls her “fiercely expressive.”Copeland’s return to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love(she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006) finds her at her most charismatic, performing roots rock, Americana, and blues with power and authority, nuance and shading. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, Outskirts Of Loveis a musical tour-de-force, with Copeland rocking out on the title track, taking charge in Crossbone Beach, honoring her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland with her Afrobeat-infused take on his Devil’s Hand, tackling homelessness on Cardboard Boxand showing off her country swagger on Drivin’ Out Of Nashville. She puts her stamp on songs made famous by Solomon Burke (I Feel A Sin Coming On), Jesse Winchester (Isn’t That So), Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (The Battle Is Over), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Long As I Can See The Light), ZZ Top (Jesus Just Left Chicago), Albert King (Wrapped Up In Love Again) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (Lord, Help The Poor And Needy). Friends including Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough and Pete Finney all add their talent with unbridled enthusiasm. The result is the most decidedly contemporary and musically adventurous album of Copeland’s still-evolving career.

Adam Najemian Band

Adam Najemian is a singer and guitarist, specializing in blues and folk music. Playing since he was 9 years old, Adam is now the lead guitarist of the NJ based Dowden Brothers Band. He plays all over northern NJ, including the legendary Stanhope House, Maxfield's and recent music festivals. He has been featured on local radio WNTI 91.9, including interviews and live performances. Currently, you can see Adam play solo every Tuesday night at the Stanhope Allstar Blues Jam in Stanhope, NJ.

Hot Monkey Love

Hot Monkey Love was founded by the late Frank LaRocka in 2003 as a tough Blues and R&B outfit to gig on the NYC blues scene.

The band has released two CD’s to date: Primate Blues, and Speakin’ Evil (both on the BrotherMonk imprint). The Monks (as they are apt to be affectionately abbreviated) have since evolved into their current lineup:

Lead vocalist Jack O’Neill hails from Florida. He began his professional career with the Painted Faces, and released several regional hits on Capital Records before moving to New York City, where he formed Beau Jack with Earl Slick. He has fronted several recording acts, such as the Rough Cuts (with Arthur Neilson) and Bad Luck & Trouble. He’s worked with artists such as Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn.

Guitarist Dee Meyer hit the NYC scene at the height of the 70’s punk movement, and has worked with locals the M-80s and reggae act the Rydim Squad before forming blues act Catdaddy Jones, releasing the CD Late Night In The Doghouse on the Fountainbleu label. Dee joined Hot Monkey Love in 2006.

Drummer Eddie ‘The Elf’ Piotrowski was a founding member of the Colors, as well as acts like the Dan Whitely Band.

Guitarist V.D. King is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and front-man of his own band, Better Off Dead. He is wanted in seven states and two British territories. He will not eat beans.

Carl Lorentzen cut his teeth playing bass in the NYC blues jam scene, playing for several years in house bands with Big Ed Sullivan. He is a member of Better Off Dead, as well as Arthur Neilson’s (Shemekia Copeland) Kick-Ass Band, and was an original member of the Slippery Chickens.

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