Memories in Pennsylvania

150723 Shemekia Copeland Morning Call

“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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