With Alvin Youngblood Hart

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Alvin Youngblood Hart and Shemekia Copeland – Pennsylvania Blues Festival

Shemekia Copeland and Alvin Youngblood Hart both performed at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. Alvin is featured on the track Cardboard Box on Shemekia’s upcoming release, Outskirts of Love, which will be in stores on September 11th.

Memories in Pennsylvania

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“It will be a special occasion when the band of the late Johnny “Clyde” Copeland reunites Saturday after 18 years, with his daughter Shemekia as the frontwoman,” write Dave Howell in The Morning Call. “They’re presenting a tribute to the late Texas blues singer and guitarist, an event expected to be a highlight of the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, where Shemekia also will headline a set of her own music.”

The article emphasizes how Shemekia “has always worked to make the blues contemporary,” and features memories of Shemekia’s father, and his band members who will perform at the festival with her. Bobby Kyle, Johnny’s former guitarist, who “organized the tribute, that brings three other Johnny Copeland band members together”: Randy Lippincott, Johnny’s bass player, Barry Harrison, his drummer, and Joel Perry, a guitarist who toured with Copeland on his Department of State tour in West Africa.

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Outskirts Of Love to be released on September 11

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PRESS RELEASE (ALLIGATOR RECORDS) — Alligator Records has set a September 11 street date for Outskirts Of Love, the genre-smashing new release from trailblazing vocalist Shemekia Copeland. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.”

Copeland’s return to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love (she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006) finds her at her most charismatic, performing roots rock, Americana, and blues with power and authority, nuance and shading. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, Outskirts Of Love is a musical tour-de-force, with Copeland rocking out on the title track, taking charge in Crossbone Beach, honoring her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland with her Afrobeat-infused take on his Devil’s Hand, tackling homelessness on Cardboard Box and showing off her country swagger on Drivin’ Out Of Nashville. She puts her stamp on songs made famous by Solomon Burke (I Feel A Sin Coming On), Jesse Winchester (Isn’t That So), Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (The Battle Is Over), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Long As I Can See The Light), ZZ Top (Jesus Just Left Chicago), Albert King (Wrapped Up In Love Again) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (Lord Help The Poor And Needy). Friends including Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough and Pete Finney all add their talent with unbridled enthusiasm. The result is Copeland’s most decidedly contemporary and musically adventurous album of her still-evolving career.

When Shemekia first appeared on the scene at age 18 in 1998 with her groundbreaking debut CD, Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues superstar. Critics from around the country celebrated her music as fans of all ages agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN took note of Copeland’s talent, engaging personality, and true star power. She followed up with 2000’s Grammy-nominated Wicked, 2002’s Talking To Strangers (produced by Dr. John) and 2005’s The Soul Truth (produced by Steve Cropper). In that short period of time, she earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. Two highly successful releases on Telarc (including 2012’s Grammy-nominated 33 1/3) cemented her reputation as a singer who, according to NPR’s All Things Considered, “embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues.” USA Today says, “Copeland is a singer with fervor and funk, power and range.”

Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations. She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “f*cking amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” At the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared Copeland to be “The New Queen Of The Blues.” In 2012, she performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afterward, Jagger (with whom she sang) sent her a bottle of champagne.

With Outskirts Of Love and a packed tour schedule, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future as she continues to break new musical ground. “I want to keep growing, to be innovative,” she says. “I’m a lifer, singing about things that bother me, using my music to help people. My dad always said ‘we’re all connected.’ I’m an old soul marching to the beat of my own drum,” she continues, “And right now I’m making the most exciting music of my career.”

Read the press release on Alligator Records. Alligator Records

A new CD on September 11

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Alligator Records has set a September 11 street date for Outskirts Of Love, the genre-smashing new release from trailblazing vocalist Shemekia Copeland. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.”

Read the full press release.

In the 2016 Blues Alive At Sea Cruise II line-up

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Shemekia joins the line-up of the 2016 Blues Alive At Sea Cruise II, which is going to travel from Miami, FL, to Cozumel, Mexico, aboard the Norwegian Pearl between February 15th and 19th. She will be performing along with Joe Bonnamassa, Robert Randolph, and fellow Alligator recording artists Jarekus Singleton, Selwyn Birchwood, amongst others.

Norwegian Pearl

“Rich blues heritage”

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The Tribune used this photo by Philippe Noisette, taken at the Jazz Under the Apple Trees festival in Coutances, France, in 2003, to illustrate the article.

“Shemekia Copeland was homeschooled in music education — not only by her father, established blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, but also by her father’s peers, who included the late B.B. King. “One of the things I remember most about B.B. was how much he wanted to educate you about other people’s music,” said Shemekia Copeland, who performs at this year’s Avila Blues Blues Festival along withBonnie Raitt and JJ Grey and Mofro. “Every time I got on his bus, he’d have music set up, and he’d always play me songs (by) other people­… really obscure artists that nobody had ever heard of, only him.” King, who died last week at age 89, liked to share his insights about the blues, Copeland said.”

Patrick S. Pemberton features Shemekia in The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California. A long article about her influences and her heritage before her performance at the Avila Beach Blues Festival this Memorial Day weekend.

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Shemekia to perform
at AmericanaFest

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Shemekia Copeland will be performing at this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN. From September 15-20, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues. #americanafest

In Blues Blast Magazine

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Shemekia is featured on the cover of the January 29, 2015 Blues Blast Magazine, followed by a long interview by Tee Watts, music director at KPFZ 88.1 FM in Lakeport, CA, and road manager for Sugar Pie DeSanto. Photos are by Bob Kieser.

About one third of the way through our hour long conversation with Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland she suddenly, momentarily breaks it off, promising to call us right back on a different line.

“You know what Honey? I’m gonna call you right back on my house phone right now okay?”

Seconds later we reconnect and she explains the situation.

“I’m sorry. My cell phone only works when I sit in a certain spot and I’m making my husband breakfast.” We offer apologies for intruding on Mr. Orlando Wright’s breakfast and continue where we left off which was talking about Shemekia’s working with Dr. John on her 2002 album, Talking To Strangers. When asked whose decision it was to use Dr. John as the producer she unabashedly states the decision was hers.

“It was my decision. I’ve had a relationship with him since I was a kid. He was a great friend of my father’s and was a big supporter of me from the very beginning of my career. So it was a natural thing to do, for me to want to be with him.”

We wrote some songs together. We had a ball. We had so many people, so many great musicians. Herman Ernest, who played drums with him for many years and is now passed away was on the project. Dave Barard played bass. We just had an amazing time. It was just awesome. It was really, really great. […]

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Shemekia returns
to Alligator Records

Shemekia Copeland and Bruce Iglauer © Photo Kevin Niemiec

Shemekia Copeland and Bruce Iglauer © Photo Kevin Niemiec

PRESS RELEASE (ALLIGATOR RECORDS) — Alligator Records is proud to announce the re-signing of blues/soul/Americana singing sensation Shemekia Copeland to the label she called home from 1998 through 2005. Over the course of her four Alligator albums and her two most recent for Telarc, Copeland’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” She is currently recording new material for a Fall 2015 release with musician Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers) producing.

Copeland, a two-time Grammy nominee and daughter of late Texas blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, is excited to be back on Alligator. “Historically, Alligator has consistently put out the world’s best blues music. Now I’m back to make a little history myself.”

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer couldn’t be happier. “I’m thrilled to welcome Shemekia back into the Alligator family. When we first signed her in 1997, she was already a mature and extremely soulful blues singer. Now, with the experience of thirteen more years of live performances, she has blossomed into a charismatic artist who can deliver roots rock, Americana and blues with equal power and authority, and with wonderful subtlety, shading and nuance. Oliver Wood has proven to be a terrific producer for her. We’re very much looking forward to her next album, and proud to have it coming on Alligator.”

When a young Shemekia Copeland first appeared on the scene in 1998 with her groundbreaking debut CD, Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues superstar. Critics from around the country celebrated her music as fans of all ages agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN took note of Copeland’s talent, engaging personality, and true star power.

Copeland followed up with 2000’s Grammy-nominated Wicked, 2002’s Talking To Strangers (produced by Dr. John) and 2008’s The Soul Truth (produced by Steve Cropper). In that short period of time, she earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. Two highly successful releases on Telarc (including 2012’s Grammy-nominated 33 1/3) cemented her reputation as a singer who, according to NPR’s All Things Considered, “embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues.” USA Today said, “Copeland is a singer with fervor and funk, power and range.” She has appeared numerous times on national television, National Public Radio, and in newspapers and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations.

Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world. She’s played with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained US troops in Iraq and Kuwait. At the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, Joyce Threatt, daughter of the late Koko Taylor, presented Copeland with Taylor’s tiara, and both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, by official proclamation, declared Copeland to be the new “Queen of the Blues”. In 2012, she performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Like always, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future, prepared to continue to break new musical ground. “I want to keep growing, to be innovative,” she says. “So it’s not that I’m going back to Alligator. I’m moving ahead with Alligator. Together we are going to make the most exciting music of my career.”

Read the press release on Alligator Records. Alligator Records

Shemekia returns
to Alligator Records

Shemekia Copeland and Bruce Iglauer © Photo Kevin Niemiec

Shemekia Copeland and Bruce Iglauer © Photo Kevin Niemiec

Alligator Records is proud to announce the re-signing of blues/soul/Americana singing sensation Shemekia Copeland to the label she called home from 1998 through 2005. Over the course of her four Alligator albums and her two most recent for Telarc, Copeland’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” She is currently recording new material for a Fall 2015 release with musician Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers) producing.

Read the full Alligator Records press release