“The potential to convert
a new generation”

Shemekia Copeland had an interesting response when asked if she ever considered adapting her musical style to reach a wider audience. “I’d rather drink muddy water than sell my soul to the devil,” the Chicago-based blues singer said in an interview with Argus Leader Media. […]

Copeland’s work has the potential to convert a new generation of music lovers to the blues. The best way to describe her style is contemporary blues, specializing in authentic soul tunes with a twist.

By Alexia Giebink, in Argus Leader, before Shemekia’s performance this Thursday, May 25, at The Orpheum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

“You never know
where she’s liable to go”

Grammy-nominated Shemekia Copeland is that special brand of blues singer who creates moments out of notes, stories out of rock bottom, and company from strangers. […]

The beauty of Copeland’s voice is that you never know where she’s liable to go. This is a singer who refuses to follow the same grooves of those before her. Even on rainy-day tunes, she finds the light at the end of the tunnel, stripping the cloying residuals of cover copies to carve her own vision (witness her rockin’ blues thunder at the 2016 “Blues Cazorla” festival).

By Carol Banks Weber on AXS, before Shemekia’s performances at Jazz Alley in Seattle, from this Thursday, May 18, to Sunday, May 21.

Read the full story… 

Tickets on sale for Jimmy V’s
NYC Blues Revue

Jimmy V’s NYC Blues Revue will feature over a dozen artists, including Shemekia Copeland, on September , 2017, at B.B. King’s Club & Grill in New York City.

Other performers are: William Bell,  John Sebastian, Ruthie Foster, Bob Margolin, Joe Louis Walker, Bill Sims, Eric Krasno, Scott Sharrard, Marcus King, Tash Neal, King Solomon Hicks, Danny Clinch, and Chris Scianni. House band will be composed of Will Lee, Danny Louis, Leon Pendarvis, Shawn Pelton, Jerry Vivino, Erik Lawrence, Earl Gardner.

The musicians will cover songs by legendary bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Eric Clapton and many others.

All proceeds will benefit the Blues Foundation, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 12, at noon.

Mountain Stage with Shemekia on over 200 NPR stations

Photo Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Photo Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

A voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman,” Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of “The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On). Catch it on over 200 NPR stations during this week’s all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

By Joni on WV Public Broadcasting. Read the full story, and listen to The Battle is Over, which was recorded in Marietta, Ohio, on April 9.

Find out the full playlist, and all the affiliates. The podcast will be available on Friday May 12, on Mountain Stage.

“Congratulations to my father
Johnny Clyde Copeland”

Congratulations to my father Johnny Clyde Copeland! 20 years after his death he will be inducted into the Blues hall of fame in Memphis tonight! I’m so so sorry I can’t be there.

– Shemekia Copeland

Some pictures of the New England Blues Summit

Adam N. Signore posted some pictures of Shemekia’s performance at the New England Blues Summit on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

His comment: “Shemekia. Really, all you need to know.”

Photo Adam N Signore

Photo Adam N Signore

With Monster Mike Welch – Photo Adam N Signore

Photo Adam N Signore

With Toni Lynn Washington – Photo Adam N Signore

“Congratulation on the new arrival in the family!” – Photo Adam N. Signore

In an “all-star line up”
in Nashville

Shemekia Copeland with Hal Cato, CEO of Thistle Farms, Amanda Shires, Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, Reba McEntire, John Prine, and Jason Isbell – Photo Rick Diamond

Reba McEntire, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Shemekia Copeland and special guest John Prine descended on the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night, May 3rd, to mark the momentous milestone of the 20th Anniversary of Thistle Farms. The evening featured rousing collaborations between the all-star lineup, punctuated by the inspirational testimonials of the women of Thistle Farms, survivors of addiction, prostitution and trafficking.

In a story about the fundraiser for Thistle Farms, at the Ryman, in Nashville, published by The Country Note. Read the full story… 


“Everyone was up
and singing along”

Shemekia Copeland made her Ryman debut showcasing a soulful, bluesy sound. It’s safe to say the Windy City native has a handful of new fans in Music City — everyone was up and singing along by the end of her set.

In Mega Country, after Shemekia’s performanceat the Thistle Farms’ fundraiser, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 3rd, 2017, along with Reba McEntire, John Prine, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires. “An evening of inspiring, uplifting music,” writes the magazine.

Photo Kyle Dean Reinford – MegaCountry

“Thistle Farms began in 1997 to help women overcome addiction, trafficking, abuse and other personal battles,” reminds Mega Country. “Two decades later, the nationally recognized non-profit is celebrating the growth of a special community and hundreds of survival stories. Thistle Farms is setting an example for similar organizations around the country and across the globe, with the philosophy that love is the greatest force for change.”

Read the full story on Mega Country

Shemekia to perform at
Jimmy V’s NYC Blues Review

Music director and bandleader for The Conan O’ Brien Show Jimmy Vivino and executive producer Greg Williamson bring together some of the finest musicians in New York City and throughout the East Coast to pay tribute to the blues. In Jimmy V’s NYC Blues Revue, which will take place on September 6, 2017, artists will cover songs by legendary bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Eric Clapton and many others.

The event will feature William Bell, Shemekia Copeland, John Sebastian, Ruthie Foster, Eric Krasno, Bill Sims, Bob Margolin, Scott Sharrard, Joe Louis Walker, Marcus King, Tash Neal, King Solomon Hicks, Danny Clinch. House band will be composed of Will Lee, Danny Louis, Leon Pendarvis, Shawn Pelton, Jerry Vivino, Erik Lawrence, Earl Gardner.

The Jimmy V’s NYC Blues Revue will take place on September 6, 2017, at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in New York City. Tickets are $49. VIP tickets available. Presale for American Express customers begins on Wednesday May 10 at noon, and general sale on May 12 at noon.

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events —the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards— make it the international center of blues music.

Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need, while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. The 2015 opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee, now adds the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide blues community with answers, information, and news.

“A stellar handful of songs”
at the fundraiser in Nashville

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires delivered a stellar handful of songs, as did Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland, before longtime Thistle Farms advocate Reba McEntire, backed by an acoustic band, closed the evening. In between performers, graduates and current members of Thistle Farms programs shared their own powerful stories with the audience. […]

In 1997, Becca Stevens founded Thistle Farms to help women survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Two decades later, the Nashville-based nonprofit is a nationally recognized organization making an impact on women around the globe with its philosophy “love heals.”

By Juli Thanki, after Shemekia’s performance at the fundraiser for Thistle Farms on Wednesday, May 3, at the Ryman in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read the full story in The Tennessean