Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland At The Atheneum

Shemekia Copeland At The Atheneum

The blues is a form and a style and an aesthetic that infuses, in one way or another, the heart of much of American music — jazz, gospel, rock, etc. There are singers and players out there who turn the blues into a kind of wax-museum exercise, replicating something from the past with a strange lifeless precision.

Singer Shemekia Copeland isn't trying to revive some vintage sound from Chicago or the Mississippi Delta. On her most recent record, 2015's "The Outskirts of Love," she sings with feeling and force, taking classic rock songs like ZZ Top's "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and CCR's "Long As I Can See The Light" and turning up their Sunday-morning...