for the Blues Music Awards

141212 Blues Music Awards Nominee

The Blues Foundation announced their nominees for the 36th Blues Music Awards on December 8, 2014. Shemekia is nominated in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist category.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

More information on the Blues Foundation website.

On the first SiriusXM Festival lineup

141103 Sirius XM Festival

SiriusXM is organizing its first Bluesville Festival at SiriusXM Studios in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 11. Shemekia will be performing, along with Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro, Deanna Bogart, Eden Brent, Victor Wainwright.

Want to come and see Shemekia and all the others perform? Good news: The satellite radio is also organizing a contects to win 10 pairs of tickets. “We are transforming our studios into a blues festival, in an intimate setting and you could be there”, announces the radio. To enter, send an email before 10 AM ET Thursday, November 6, to, including “Bluesville Fest” in the subject line. Send your full name, valid email and cell phone number.

More information on SiriusXM Bluesville‘s Facebook.

On Dr. John’s
upcoming Ske-Dat-De-Dat

Shemekia makes an appearance on Dr. John’s new album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch, dedicated to Louis Armstrong. A song named Sweet Hunk O’Trash. Enjoy and share!

“The ferocity of her delivery”

140114 Shemekia Chicago Tribune

When Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland began performing “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo” in concert, she was startled by the response. The song, which unflinchingly addresses violence against women, inspired more than just applause. After concerts, says Copeland, people queued up to speak to her, to share stories, to find comfort.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune’s music columnist, writes a full feature about Shemekia, about the lyrics of her songs, before her performance at Evanston SPACE.

In truth, Copeland already has done plenty with 33 1/3, its tracks bristling with social and political commentary […] None of the “33 1/3” music, however, is more searing than “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo.” Though Copeland didn’t write the piece – it was penned by John Hahn, her manager, and guitarist Oliver Wood – the message resonates with events Copeland says she has witnessed through friends, which perhaps helps explain the ferocity of her delivery.

Read the whole story in the Chicago TribuneLOGO chicago tribune


at the Chicago Music Awards

Shemekia has been nominated in the “Best Blues Entertainer” category of the 33rd Annual Chicago Music Awards. The ceremony and festivities will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL.

More information and tickets available on the Chicago Music Awards website.

On the Tavis Smiley Show

Set - Tavis Smiley Show

“We’ve just gotten back from Los Angeles where Shemekia rocked the Tavis Smiley Show!” says John Hahn, Shemekia’s manager. “You’ve got to see it. No hype. No bull. One of the best, brightest, funniest interviews you’ll ever see including an acoustic performance of Somebody Else’s Jesus performed with our guitar ace, Arthur Neilson.”

The show is scheduled to air on your local PBS station on Nov 28th around midnight. (That’s really late the night of the 27th.)

Find out your local Tavis Smiley station and “get your Thanksgiving Holiday started the right way, Pilgrim. You’re gonna love it!”

Inducted into
the NY Blues Hall of Fame

Shemekia Copeland and John Hahn will be inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 18th, during her show at the Iridium Jazz Club. She will be inducted for her contributions as an artist; John will be inducted for his contributions as a qongwriter.

Update: photo from the presentation

New York Hall of Fame Presentation

Photo credit: Cindi Hahn

Bluzapalooza 2013!


PRESS RELEASE (BLUZAPALOOZA)– On October 26th, Bluzapalooza will be bringing the blues to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to entertain our wounded warriors, their families and the staff and families of all of our military personnel and patients stationed there.  Co-hosted by the creator of Sirius XM’s Bluesville Bill Wax and Bluzapalooza producer Steve Simon, this historic domestic Bluzapalooza concert stars “The Queen of the Blues” Shemekia Copeland, Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Southern Halo.

“We have taken Bluzapalooza to Iraq, Kuwait, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Egypt and Guantanamo Bay and now we are humbled and honored to be presenting the Blues to our heroes in uniform who sacrificed so much”, stated Bluzapalooza ‘s co-creator and producer Steve Simon.

Bluzapalooza is the celebrity blues concert tours created by blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn to entertain our troops all over the world.

For further information contact Steve Simon at 843-513-7777 or at

(NOTE: No tickets are being sold to the public for this event.)

European Tour photos

2013 - Montreux, Switzerland

2013 – Montreux, Switzerland

Shemekia and the band just returned from a tour in Europe:

Vienne, France
Strasbourg, France
Montreux, Switzerland
Hondarribia, Spain
Cahors, France
Madrid, Spain
Pontevedra, Spain
Valencia, Spain

Discover their adventures in the photo album!

Nominated for
the Living Blues Awards


Voting is now open for the 2013 Living Blues Awards… The magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary of honoring the best of the blues!

Go to and click on the “VOTE” button on the right side of the page to vote.

 It’s quick, simple, and easy. Voting is open until July 15.

 Winners will be announced in the August/September #226 issue of Living Blues.