An NPR interview with Shemekia

Jack Adams talks with award-winning blues/Americana singer Shemekia Copeland ahead of her performance with The Commonheart at Penn’s Peak on Friday, February 22, 2019. Shemekia talks about meeting Jack for the first time; her new album, America’s Child which was recently released on legendary blues label Alligator Records; performing live; and more.

Listen to the interview on WDIY.

Blues Music Awards: Shemekia Copeland “in some great company”

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

#5 in Alternate Root’s “Top 100 songs for 2018”

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”.

5 Blues Music Awards nominations for Shemekia!

Shemekia has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards! She’s nominated in the following categories:

Organized by The Blues Foundation, the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, will be held on Thursday May 9, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Shemekia featured on Blues Radio International

In its 364th edition, Blues Radio International features an exclusive interview and performance by Shemekia Copeland.

Big City Rhythm & Blues: “Shemekia sings of love and hope and acceptance”

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.

America’s Child in Roots Radio’s “Outstanding and essential albums of the year”

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