On Americana Music Show

Calvin Powers interviewed Shemekia for his two-hour long Americana Music Show. #266 is about Shemekia and Outskirts Of Love. “Shemekia plays tracks from Outskirts Of Love and talks about learning the business from her father and listening to country music in Harlem,” he says.


Shemekia Copeland talks about her father Johnny Copeland. She says he was a Texan and a proud Texan, but he left Houston in the 70s because she says there was nothing happening for live music. She says, “Disco came into play and live music wasn’t happening.” So he decided to come up to Harlem. He played local clubs around there. She says Johnny Copeland met her mom at the Top Club. He made records in New York in the 80’s. Shemekia was born in ‘79. She started singing when she was very little. She says the first time her father brought her out on stage, she was 9 or 10 years old at the Cotton Club. Shew was very nervous and didn’t want to do it.

Shemekia Copeland talks about how she met John Hahn because he worked with her father, Johnny Copeland, before he died and since then they’ve been working together since she was very young. She says they talk almost every day and he gets her so well that the songs they write together are tailor-made for her.

Shemekia Copeland sets up “Driving Out Of Nashville.” She says Nashville is for musicians like Los Angeles is for actors. Everybody thinks you show up there and become a star. And that’s not how it happens. This is a story about a girl who “went through some things” in Nashville.

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