“The woman is a dynamo”

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Shemekia Copeland © Photo Mike White / Alligator Records

“Where once we had Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington and Etta James, today we have Shemekia Copeland, a worthy successor to her legendary forebears,” writes Mike Greenblatt, in Classicalite. “There’s something for everyone on these Outskirts […] She proves genre is a dirty word, and interpretation a talent too often overlooked.”

“Despite showing off her considerable pipes here and on an impressive body of work starting in 1998 […], Shemekia should be appreciated best on a stage where her natural ebullience comes to the fore. The woman is a dynamo.”

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A premiere on Blues Breakers

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Tonight on Blues Breakers will be the first chance anywhere to hear the brand new album by Shemekia Copeland, Outskirts of Love. Shemekia is crowned blues royalty and has returned to her Chicago based label, Alligator Records, with a new recording to be released on September 11. But you can hear some of it a month early this Monday evening on Blues Breakers.

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The radio show, hosted by Tom Marker, is broadcasted on 93XRT.

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A fourth Living Blues Award

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The 22nd Annual Living Blues Awards were disclosed on August 8th, 2015. The Readers Poll chose Shemekia as Female Blues Artist of the Year. She had already won the same award in 2012 and in 2006. In 2012, Shemekia had been granted the Most Outstanding Blues Singer Award by the Critics Poll.

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With Alvin Youngblood Hart

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Alvin Youngblood Hart and Shemekia Copeland – Pennsylvania Blues Festival

Shemekia Copeland and Alvin Youngblood Hart both performed at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. Alvin is featured on the track Cardboard Box on Shemekia’s upcoming release, Outskirts of Love, which will be in stores on September 11th.

Memories in Pennsylvania

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“It will be a special occasion when the band of the late Johnny “Clyde” Copeland reunites Saturday after 18 years, with his daughter Shemekia as the frontwoman,” write Dave Howell in The Morning Call. “They’re presenting a tribute to the late Texas blues singer and guitarist, an event expected to be a highlight of the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, where Shemekia also will headline a set of her own music.”

The article emphasizes how Shemekia “has always worked to make the blues contemporary,” and features memories of Shemekia’s father, and his band members who will perform at the festival with her. Bobby Kyle, Johnny’s former guitarist, who “organized the tribute, that brings three other Johnny Copeland band members together”: Randy Lippincott, Johnny’s bass player, Barry Harrison, his drummer, and Joel Perry, a guitarist who toured with Copeland on his Department of State tour in West Africa.

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A new CD on September 11

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Alligator Records has set a September 11 street date for Outskirts Of Love, the genre-smashing new release from trailblazing vocalist Shemekia Copeland. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.”

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“Rich blues heritage”

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The Tribune used this photo by Philippe Noisette, taken at the Jazz Under the Apple Trees festival in Coutances, France, in 2003, to illustrate the article.

“Shemekia Copeland was homeschooled in music education — not only by her father, established blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, but also by her father’s peers, who included the late B.B. King. “One of the things I remember most about B.B. was how much he wanted to educate you about other people’s music,” said Shemekia Copeland, who performs at this year’s Avila Blues Blues Festival along withBonnie Raitt and JJ Grey and Mofro. “Every time I got on his bus, he’d have music set up, and he’d always play me songs (by) other people­… really obscure artists that nobody had ever heard of, only him.” King, who died last week at age 89, liked to share his insights about the blues, Copeland said.”

Patrick S. Pemberton features Shemekia in The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California. A long article about her influences and her heritage before her performance at the Avila Beach Blues Festival this Memorial Day weekend.

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In Blues Blast Magazine

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Shemekia is featured on the cover of the January 29, 2015 Blues Blast Magazine, followed by a long interview by Tee Watts, music director at KPFZ 88.1 FM in Lakeport, CA, and road manager for Sugar Pie DeSanto. Photos are by Bob Kieser.

About one third of the way through our hour long conversation with Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland she suddenly, momentarily breaks it off, promising to call us right back on a different line.

“You know what Honey? I’m gonna call you right back on my house phone right now okay?”

Seconds later we reconnect and she explains the situation.

“I’m sorry. My cell phone only works when I sit in a certain spot and I’m making my husband breakfast.” We offer apologies for intruding on Mr. Orlando Wright’s breakfast and continue where we left off which was talking about Shemekia’s working with Dr. John on her 2002 album, Talking To Strangers. When asked whose decision it was to use Dr. John as the producer she unabashedly states the decision was hers.

“It was my decision. I’ve had a relationship with him since I was a kid. He was a great friend of my father’s and was a big supporter of me from the very beginning of my career. So it was a natural thing to do, for me to want to be with him.”

We wrote some songs together. We had a ball. We had so many people, so many great musicians. Herman Ernest, who played drums with him for many years and is now passed away was on the project. Dave Barard played bass. We just had an amazing time. It was just awesome. It was really, really great. […]

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