The Tavis Smiley video

Shemekia Copeland, the Grammy-nominated blues star, opens up about the inspiration behind her acclaimed new album, Outskirts of Love.

When you follow in the musical footsteps of your legendary father (the late blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland), you know you’ve stepped out of his shadow when you’re declared the new “Queen of the Blues” by none other than the daughter of the great Koko Taylor. That’s the backstory of Shemekia Copeland, who’s a force to be reckoned with in the blues genre. Since singing at the famed Cotton Club at age 8, she’s opened for The Rolling Stones, headlined festivals around the world and won two Grammy nods. Copeland landed a record deal at age 19 and has shared the stage with the greats. She’s even performed at the White House. Her latest album is the critically acclaimed Outskirts of Love.

Shemekia was interviewed on the Tavis Smiley show, on CBS. Shemekia talks about the blues, Outskirts Of Love —the album, the stories behind it, and outskirts in general… She also sang the title song, “Outskirts Of Love” with Arthur Neilson on guitar. The program aired on Wednesday, November 4. If you missed it, you can still watch the video.