Little Village: “Her most personal and widest-ranging record yet”

For Shemekia Copeland, the blues comes in many forms these days. When I got her on the phone last week, she had spent the day before with her son and about 50 “2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds on a field trip.”

“I came home, pulled all my hair out and had a glass of wine,” Copeland said, laughing.

She was enjoying a few days off from her first full tour since having her son, two-and-a-half-year-old Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz, and she admits that it’s been a big readjustment to go back to a full time touring schedule….Copeland’s ninth album, America’s Child is her most personal and widest-ranging record yet, which she said is the result of her new role as a mother.

“This album is based around my little guy. When he was born, everything for me changed. I wanted a better world for him. I know that makes me sound crazy, like a beauty queen or something. But no, I really felt that way,” Copeland said. “What better way to make the world a better place than by just putting it out there, musically.”

By Avery Gregurich, before Shemekia’s headlining performance this Saturday, July 13, at the North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival in North Liberty, Iowa. Read the full story in Little Village.