Welcome to another edition of Sound Bites, our economy-sized album reviews. This week, Nick Hutchinson weighs in on two recent national releases from Shemika Copeland and Seth Walker after the jump.
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Shemekia Copeland, Never Going Back (Telarc International). With backing by musicians including guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Chris Wood and keyboardist John Medeski (the latter two of jazz-jam outfit Medeski, Martin and Wood), Copeland offers traditional sounding blues seasoned with contemporary vocal stylings and a splash of funk and jazz to acheive a fresh yet classic effect.
Seth Walker, Leap of Faith (Hyena Records). Make room for the new James Hunter. Austin's Seth Walker follows up his self-titled 2007 release with more of the same old school charm, soul-seasoned craft and flat-out talent that distinguished him two years ago. Recorded in Nashville with the help of Grammy-winning producer Gary Nicholson, his sound cleans up rather nicely on this one.