“Some pretty legendary people”

In her relatively short life, Shemekia Copeland has been associated with some pretty legendary people […] Copeland has played for President Barack Obama at the White House, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and B.B. King. We’re not done name-dropping: She also was a featured performer for a 2015 concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, along with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Elvis Costello.

Copeland says she wants to make blues relevant to a new generation while respecting its roots. “I want to see this music evolve and grow, and for that to happen, I have to evolve and grow as an artist,” she said in a press release. “I have to be able to sing a folk song by Bob Dylan and a country song by Randy Weeks and interpret it in the context of the blues.”

By Betsie Freeman in “Copeland ready to usher blues into a new era” published by the Omaha World-Herald in it’s Go section, before Shemekia’s sold-out show this  Saturday, January 30th, at the Holland Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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