“More than heartbreak”

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Joseph A Rosen

Shemekia Copeland – Photo Joseph A Rosen

In describing Shemekia Copeland’s voice, writers have been challenged. (…)

The daughter of focal Texas guitar slinger Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, a man known for his character as much as for his singing and guitar playing, Shemekia — who headlines the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival on Sunday — seems to have inherited her father’s broad perspective on life and his deserved self-confidence.

“It’s not my mission to be another blues singer singing about some guy who broke my heart,” she said during a recent phone interview.

By Arthur Shuey, in “To Copeland, blues is about more than heartbreak”, published by Star News, before Shemekia’s performances this Sunday at the 22nd annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival in North Carolina.

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