Shemekia thinking
about her next album

The year 2017 is shaping up as a very memorable year for family in Shemekia Copeland’s life and career. Next month her late father, bluesman Johnny Copeland, will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, almost exactly 20 years since his death from heart problems.

At the same time, Shemekia, whose fine 2015 album “Outskirts of Love” earned a Grammy nomination, is still basking in her Blues Music Award as last year’s Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, and planning her next new album for later this year.

But most important of all, this year has seen the arrival – on Christmas Eve no less – of Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz, Shemekia’s first child, named after her dad. […]

“I started to think about my next album as soon as I had my baby,” said Copeland, 38. “But I didn’t want to rush into it. I want to take my time. I like to put a lot of thought and care into it, but the next one is definitely being talked about, and we are starting to get ready to record. We are talking about producers, but if I could I’d just work with Oliver Wood forever.”

By Jay N. Miller in a story called “Catching up with blues queen Shemekia Copeland” before Shemekia’s performance as the headliner of the second night, this Saturday, April 29, of the New England Blues Summit, at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Read the full story in The Patriot Ledger.