“Rich blues heritage”

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Philippe Noisette

The Tribune used this photo by Philippe Noisette, taken at the Jazz Under the Apple Trees festival in Coutances, France, in 2003, to illustrate the article.

“Shemekia Copeland was homeschooled in music education — not only by her father, established blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, but also by her father’s peers, who included the late B.B. King. “One of the things I remember most about B.B. was how much he wanted to educate you about other people’s music,” said Shemekia Copeland, who performs at this year’s Avila Blues Blues Festival along withBonnie Raitt and JJ Grey and Mofro. “Every time I got on his bus, he’d have music set up, and he’d always play me songs (by) other people­… really obscure artists that nobody had ever heard of, only him.” King, who died last week at age 89, liked to share his insights about the blues, Copeland said.”

Patrick S. Pemberton features Shemekia in The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California. A long article about her influences and her heritage before her performance at the Avila Beach Blues Festival this Memorial Day weekend.

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