Blues great Shemekia Copeland
prepares for new arrival


Copyright Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune 2011

Shemekia Copeland’s life is about to change in a dramatic way.

For after the sublime Chicago singer performs her “Holiday Blues Bash” shows Sunday with guest Ronnie Baker Brooks at City Winery, she’ll step out of the spotlight for bit to give birth to her first child.

“The man of my dreams is coming in January — finally,” she says with a buoyant laugh, as she prepares for the arrival of her son.

“Thirty-seven years I had to wait. It’s the most wonderful experience ever.

“For me, doing what I do and traveling and all that stuff — I thought that being pregnant would not be like the best experience in the world,” she adds.

In the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich talks about Shemekia expecting her first child, a son, due in January. Shemekia and her band will be performing two sets this coming Sunday at the City Winery in Chicago before she takes a couple of months off.

Copeland comes by her blues values in profound ways. Her father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, earned wide admiration for his imploring vocals, powerhouse guitar playing and insightful songwriting. The Texas bluesman brought his daughter onto the stage when she was 8 years old and took her on tour at 16, in effect launching her career and extending his legacy after his death in 1997, at age 60.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Shemekia Copeland will be naming her son Johnny, a tribute to the man whose gifts clearly carried forth to the next generation.

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“Powerhouse electric blues”

41 Bridge Street is bringing back powerhouse electric blues singer Shemekia Copeland on Friday. As the new “Queen of the Blues,” she carries the title well and does honor to Koko Taylor.

By Domenic Forcella in the New Heaven Register, before Shemekia’s performance at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville, Connecticut, on Friday, November 11, 2016.

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On WNPT with Music City Roots


Season four of Music City Roots premieres tonight with an Americana Festival showcase special, featuring blues star Shemekia Copeland, Canadian mod duo Whitehorse and alt-country icons The Mavericks.

The first episode of this season’s Music City Roots airs this Friday, October 28, at 7pm on WNPT — Nashville Public Television. And Shemekia is in it! Don’t miss it…

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Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (3)

Dariusz Ptaszyński shared a full album of photos he took during Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski

Find all the other photos in Dariusz Ptaszyński’s Facebook gallery.


Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (2)

Lukasz Rak shared his photos of Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.


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Find more of Lukasz Rak’s photos on Alligator Records’ gallery on Facebook.

Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (1)

Latvian photographer Aigars Lapsa, recipient of the 2012 Keeping the Blues Alive Award, covered the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.

Here are some of his pictures of Shemekia.


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Discover more photos on Aigars Lapsa’s Facebook gallery.


“A very consistent high quality”

Největší hvězdou přehlídky je bezesporu Shemekia Copeland, považovaná už několik let za „královnu blues“ […] Sedmatřicetiletá dáma, jejímž otcem byl slavný texaský kytarista Johnny Copeland, má za sebou už osm alb velmi vyrovnané vysokékvality.

In, before Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.


The biggest star of the show is undoubtedly Shemekia Copeland, who has been considered as the “Queen of Blues” for several years […] At age 37, the lady, whose father was the famous Texas guitarist Johnny Copeland, has already released eight albums of a very consistent high quality.

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“A force to be reckoned with”

Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with Buddy Guy,B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

On Broadway before the 3rd annual Fifth Star Awards ceremony, which will be held this Wednesday, September 14 2106, at 7 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, in Chicago. Shemekia will present an award to blues legend Buddy Guy.


An interview before
the Fifth Star Awards

Justin Kaufmann interviewed Shemekia Copeland for WGN radio before she presents an award to the legendary Buddy Guy at the third annual Fifth Star Awards this Wednesday, September 14, at Chicago’s Millenium Park.


Shemekia talks about her career, when she first started playing the blues, what it was like touring with her father, the lessons she has learned from years of being on the road, learning how to use her voice, the process of writing new material, her relationship with Chicago, what it means to present an award to Buddy Guy, her relationship with Buddy Guy and what he has done for her music, what she learned from playing with Buddy Guy and why we are seeing less blues music in the mainstream.

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“A real volcano”

Swój pierwszy album nagrała jako bardzo młoda dziewczyna, miała wtedy zaledwie osiemnaście lat. Płyta ”Turn The Heat Up” została entuzjastycznie przyjęta przez media oraz fanów bluesa, a  kolejne wydawnictwa potwierdziły ogromny potencjał wokalistki. Shemekia to prawdziwy sceniczny wulkan.

On, before Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.


“She recorded her first album very young, when she was only eighteen. The album, ‘Turn The Heat Up’, was enthusiastically received by the media and by blues fans. Her other releases confirmed the huge potential of the singer. On stage Shemekia is a real volcano.”

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