“A tour de force with her usual passionate singing and meaningful songs”

When Shemekia Copeland opens her mouth, you listen. The successor to Koko Taylor as the “Queen of the Blues,” as recognized by the Chicago Blues Festival, the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois, Copeland’s music encompasses a steamy mix of blues, soul, and more recently, country. A powerhouse vocalist, her songs often address the social issues of the day, be they homelessness, sexual harassment, domestic violence and poverty. […]

Copeland’s soon-to-be-released album, America’s Child, will likely win even more awards for her—it’s a tour de force with her usual passionate singing and meaningful songs that include guest artists such as John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes and others. It’s her first album since the birth of her son, and not surprisingly, being a new mother has affected her world view and the music she creates. She launches a four-month U.S. tour in early August in support of the record. A Shemekia Copeland concert is not to be missed, not only for her unparalleled singing but also because her band absolutely burns.

By Kevin Porter. Read the full interview on Rock and Blues Muse.