Shemekia nominated for two Living Music Awards

Shemekia Copeland has been nominated for two Living Blues Awards: Blues Artist Of The Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer.

Everybody, subscribers or not, can vote at or by mailing in the ballot in the current issue of the magazine (#249), by July 15, 2017. Winners will be announced in August.

Shemekia nominated for two Living Blues Awards


Five Alligator artists nominated for 11 Living Blues Awards.

Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees for the 2017 Living Blues Readers’ Awards. Five Alligator Records artists received a total of 11 nominations. Toronzo Cannon received four, Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials each received two nominations. Marcia Ball received one.

The public –subscribers and non-subscribers alike– can vote at or by mailing in the ballot in the current issue of the magazine (#249), by July 15, 2017.

Winners will be announced in August.

Shemekia Copeland:

• Blues Artist Of The Year (Female)
• Most Outstanding Blues Singer

Read the full press release by Alligator Records.

Live for Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast

We had so much fun yesterday at the WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast at Buddy Guy’s Legends! Thank you to all who showed up and to all who tuned in. We couldn’t have done it without help from our sponsor, Blues On The Fox. We’re already looking very much forward to their festival next weekend in Aurora with Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Guy King and Nicholas David. Blues Breakers friend Marci Gross snapped some photos of yesterday’s show that give an idea of how much fun we all had. It’s Chicago Blues Fest Weekend! See you out there!

By Tom Marker, who hosted the Blues Breakers Blues Fest, broadcasted live from Buddy Guy’s Legends on WXRT. The story is called: “Thank You Shemekia, Toronzo, Ronnie, Buddy Guy’s Legends, & Blues On The Fox.”

Read the full story on WXRT.

The broadcast can be watched on Facebook:

“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…