“A humble
‘Queen of the Blues'”

Photo Suzanne Foschino

GLT Summer Concert headliner Shemekia Copeland said she was caught off guard when the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared her to be “The New Queen Of The Blues” at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival.

“Oh absolutely not, I didn’t know anything,” said Copeland.

She was presented a crown by Cookie Taylor, the daughter of blues legend Koko Taylor, who wore the title until her passing in 2009.

“As far as I’m concerned, Koko Taylor always will be the queen of the blues,” said Copeland. “But I was truly grateful they thought enough of me to think that I could carry on this blues tradition.”

By Jon Norton, in “Shemekia Copeland: A Humble ‘Queen Of The Blues'” as Shemekia is getting ready to headline the GLT Summer Concert on Saturday, June 9, in downtown Bloomington, Illinois.

Read or listen to the full and detailed interview on GLT 89.1 FM

Full 1-hour podcast is available here.