I’m incredibly proud to have these nominations in the 40th Blues Music Awards. I’m in some great company! Check out the video from the Blues Foundation…
– Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland is nominated for:
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year
• Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year: America’s Child
• Album Of The Year: America’s Child
• Song Of The Year: Ain’t Got Time For Hate (by John Hahn & Will Kimbrough)
• Best Instrumentalist – Vocals
The Alternate Root Magazine’s Top 100 Albums for 2018 features music from Brandi Carlile, Aaron Lee Tasjan, John Prine, Rosanne Cash,Sam Phillips… and Shemekia Copeland, with “”Americans” as #5.
Check out the full “Top 100 4 2018” list.
America’s Child also made it in J. Alan Taylor’s “Top 50 songs from 2018” list, with “Ain’t Got Time For Hate”.
Shemekia has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards! She’s nominated in the following categories:
- Instrumentalist Vocals
- Contemporary Blues Album (America’s Child)
- Contemporary Female Artist
- Song Of The Year (Ain’t Got Time For Hate, written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough, sung by Shemekia)
- Album of the Year (America’s Child)
Organized by The Blues Foundation, the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, will be held on Thursday May 9, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Three KVMR 89.5 FM (a community radio in the Gold Country of California) broadcasters named Shemekia Copeland’s America’s Child in their top albums from 2018: Steve Cagle, who hosts Blues Spectrum every other Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm, Johnny Gallagher, who hosts his Music Magazine every Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm., and Jodi Selene.
The Blues Foundation in partnership with Ditty TV, Americana and roots music television, will announce the 40th Blues Music Awards nominees from Memphis on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
William Bell and Shemekia Copeland will emcee the announcements beginning at 8 am CST.
Shemekia has said “country music ain’t nothin’ but the blues with a twang” and this American child is out to prove it. …
Shemekia presents a message front and center with Kimbrough’s “Ain’t Got Time For Hate” adding Perkins’ pedal steel guitar, J. D. Wilkes harmonica and an eight piece vocal choir while Will’s “Would You Take My Blood” is stripped back to just the trio as she reaches out across this divided nation. Continuing their message of unity, Paul Franklin’s pedal steel guitar whines over a marching rhythm with Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris and Katie Pruitt singing the chorus as Shemekia runs through a roster of characters on Gauthier’s “Americans.” With the light touch of Giddens’ banjo and sparkle of Will’s National Guitar, Shemekia’s vocals quiver as she recalls simpler times with “Smoked Ham and Peaches” then she goes out honky tonking on the Morrison Brothers’ “The Wrong Idea” as Kenny Sears’ fiddle joins mid whirl. Al Perkins’ pedal steel has a seductive sway of a Mexicali ballad heating up as Shemekia sings, “Such A Pretty Flame.” Singing from her heart Shemekia covers her father’s “Promised Myself” led by Steve Cropper’s guitar. The plodding insistence of John Prine’s “Great Rain” features a duet with the man himself then things pick up force with “In The Blood Of The Blues” and “One I Love” by rocker Kevin Gorden as Wilkes’ harmonica brings it to a whirling conclusion. The Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” is just Copeland and Kimbrough’s slashing guitar before the rhythm section slips in midway. The gentle guitar intro by Kimbrough fades behind Copeland as she sings the traditional lullaby “Go To Sleepy Little Baby” a cappella.
Shemekia sings of love and hope and acceptance because as brothers and sisters we are all “America’s Child”.
By Roger & Margaret White. Read the full review in Big City Rhythm & Blues.
The blues singer’s musical excursions in Nashville have opened a new chapter in Copeland’s expansive career. Her love of the setting and of Will Kimbrough’s guitars and production gushes forth. But the ballast here is the message, a claim on the American dream on behalf of her forebears and her own child. “Would You Take My Blood?” she asks. We should be so lucky.
Craig Havigurst curated the list of the “30 outstanding albums that we’ll reach for years from now when we want to remember the sound of 2018.” Among those, Shemekia Copeland’s America’s Child. Find out the full list on Roots Radio.
The reigning Queen of the Blues, three-time Grammy nominee and multiple Blues Music Awards winner, Shemekia Copeland released her album in August via Alligator Records, produced by Will Kimbrough. America’s Child features powerhouse and soulful vocals from Copeland who sings with conviction and passion. She is the daughter of Texas bluesman, Johnny Copeland. With 12 moving songs of blues, rock R&B and country, Shemekia offers a rootsy soul-shaking album with plenty of fierce commentary. And we like to hear artists taking a stand. There’s also playfulness on the album and plenty of groove. The songs’ lyrics are rich with imagery. Steve Cropper, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and Rhiannon Giddens, and others, guest on the album.
Read the full “Top 20 Blues, Rock, Roots Albums of 2018” list on Rock and Blues Muse.