Shemekia Copeland : Never Going Back

shamekia_nevergoingback_lrg.jpgWith backing by a range of musicians including guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Chris Wood and keyboardist John Medeski (the latter two of jazz-jam outfit Medeski, Martin and Wood), Shemekia Copeland offers Never Going Back, a batch of traditional-sounding blues cuts seasoned with contemporary vocal stylings and a splash of funk and jazz to achieve a fresh-yet classic-effect.

Decrying the state of religion and politics on the opening bluesy grinder "Sounds Like the Devil," she also shakes things up with a simmering lounge-tinged cover of Joni Mitchell’s "Black Crow" and a hot pass through Percy Mayfield’s "River’s Invitation."

Never Going Back is out now on Telarc.