“A force in the genre”

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Shemekia Copeland © Photo Mike White

It goes without saying that Shemekia Copeland has the blues in her blood. The vocalist was raised on the music of her late, legendary father Johnny Clyde Copeland and she is now a force in the genre as well. In addition to a recording career spanning nearly 20 years, Copeland recently received the Living Blues Award for “Blues Artist of the Year (Female).”

By Brent Thompson, who interviewed Shemekia for Weld for Birmingham, before her performance on Wednesday, November 11, at Iron City. Also performing that night, the Robert Cray Band.

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