Smoked Ham And Peaches - Shemekia Copeland

from the album America's Child (2018)

Shemekia Copeland - along with Ruthie Foster - represent the finest female singers in contemporary blues today.  Shemekia's voice, in particular, is so large and booming that I often consider her akin to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor.  Just take a listen to Who Stole My Radio? to fully get my just.

Perhaps that is why I am digging the song Smoked Ham And Peaches so much.  This is a slower, more acoustic blues track.  I have never heard Shemekia Copeland sing quite like this before.  The softer dynamics allow you listen to her intonation and articulation more closely.  It is a beautiful listen.

There are also the lyrics.   I like the line "when the whole world seems fake, give me something real." That thing is smoked ham and peaches.  What could be more real?

Of course, this speaks to the importance of the little things.  The things like Al Bente's pasta, and so much more.

Click Here to listen to Smoked Ham And Peaches by Shemekia Copeland.  You will need to click on the link to the song.

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