With the passing of blues legend Koko Taylor last month, a huge void was left in the genre we call rhythm and blues. She was an incredible force and a talented gut-bucket blues singer that could wail like no other. The only person I've heard who reps the essence of the blues anywhere close to the level of Taylor from a female perspective is Shemekia Copeland. I know that Copeland looked up to Taylor in a lot of ways, and that Taylor's death was really hard on her. So much so that I got a call from Shemekia's publicist last week declining a phone interview, partly because Shemekia is still grieving.
Well, Shemekia Copeland is in Seattle today, and playing the first of a two-night stint at Jazz Alley. If you want to help lift her spirits up, go out and support her. And if you want to know where she gets her inspiration from to be a siren of the blues, watch the video above.