Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soulshouter, 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 Tribune says Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.”
Since 2002 The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released seven albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres.
Long know as a stand-out singer and guitarist, Orq has matured as a writer and arranger on his most recent release, "Love In A Hurricane." Where previously the musical emphasis was on raucous drum and guitar lines, here Orq takes a more song-centered approach letting songs dictate the instrumentation rather than the other way around. New compositions such as the title track as well as "Say It With Silence," and the Weissenborn instrumental "Cannon Ball" feature an experienced composer, instrumentalist, and singer beginning to reach his stride.