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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Shemekia Copeland performs a live midday concert on Friday

Shemekia released her eighth record Outskirts of Love just a couple of weeks ago via Alligator Records, following up 2012's Grammy nominated 33 1/3 with a fiery blend of blues and rock. The Texas native has worked with Dr. John, Ruth Brown and Steve Cropper on previous releases, but joined forces with The Wood Brothers' Oliver Wood for the third time on this effort. During her almost two decade long career, Copeland has been dubbed the Queen of Blues, earning several Blues Music Awards and other accolades.

Shemekia headlines The Sellersville Theater on Thursday, October 1st, but you can see this XPN favorite early.

RSVP to join us for the concert at World Cafe Live. You can also tune-in to the show via 88.5 FM, or stream worldwide at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Outskirts Of Love
Release Date: Sep 11, 2015

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Shemekia Copeland photo credit Sandra Lee Shemekia Copeland is no newcomer to Blues. A mere 33 years old, he has opened for the Rolling Stones and been nominated for two GRAMMYs. She has performed with legends such as Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. Her soulful, throaty voice has graced the stage at numerous music festivals the world over, including the XPoNential Music Festival. And, she has performed at the White House.

Copeland's stregnth lies in the sheer power of her voice. A melodic powerhouse, She is sometimes compared to Tina Turner - and with good reason. The music she produces combines the sounds of the city with a vocal tour-de-force. Her fans include Maya Angelou, Carlos Santana, and Robert Plant.

Born in Harlem in 1979 to Texas blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemika grew up with music around every corner. She first performed (at her father's request) in Harlem's old Cotton Club when she was only eight. At fifteen, with her father's health failing, Shemika turned to music as a refuge. At nineteen, she released Turn the Heat Up! on Alligator Records. A year later, she appeared in the movie, Three to Tango. In the year following that motion picture debut, she released her second album, Wicked.

Wicked (2000) garnered Copeland three Handy awards (Song of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, and Contemporary Female Artist of the Year). It also earned her a GRAMMY nomination.

Copeland's third album, Talking to Strangers, was released in 2002 and was praised as a bold and well-crafted departure from her previous works. Three years later, in 2005, she released The Soul Truth to critical acclaim. In it, she collaborated with Stax guitar man Steve Cropper, who also produced the album.

In 2009, Copeland released Never Going Back, her fifth album, this time under the Telarc label. Her new album is due out September 26, called "33 1//3" on Telarc. Shemekia's musical backing includes Arthur Neilson on guitar, Willie Scandlyn on rhythm guitar, Kevin Jenkins on bass, and Morris Roberts on the drums.

In addition to XPN's Free At Noon, Shemekia Copeland plays a full show at World Cafe Live on Friday night, September 28, 2012!

Website: shemekiacopeland.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/shemekiacopelandband
Recent Release: 33 1/3
Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Telarc

Hometown: Harlem, NY

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For Shemekia Copeland, her new album Never Going Back reveals a new attitude, a new sound and an overall evolution for the young blues woman. Lots of things have changed since last we heard from Copeland. For the first time in her career Shemekia is releasing an album on a label other than Alligator Records; Never Going Back is her debut for the Telarc label. And her choice of producer for the new album, Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers, was another step outside the traditional blues world.

If you're already a fan of blues singer Shemekia Copeland you'll be happy to know she's made the best album of her career. The Soul Truth is the third album from the daughter of the late great bluesman Johnny Copeland, and is Ms. Copeland's funkiest, grittiest, blues-iest rockin' record yet.

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March 6, 2009
Celebrating the 4th Anniversary of XPN Free At Noon with
Shemekia Copeland & Indigo Girls at World Cafe Live

Shemekia Copeland & Indigo Girls join us for the XPN Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Indigo Girls Grammy Award winning rock duo Indigo Girls officialy began performing under the now famous moniker in 1985, signing their first record contract to Epic Records three years later. Now celebrating their 20 year career, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers remain as creative as ever. Though they are associated with a major label, they have always retained an independent feel with their warm and crisp acoustic guitars and intertwined melodic vocals. With an incredible career behind them, it is not surprising that a great deal of excitement is building up in anticipation of Poseidon And the Bitter Bug, expected to be released at the end of March.

Recorded in a short three-week period in Atlanta, the album intends to focus less on perfection and more on the rich mixture of textures explored. According to Ray "... it was very much an in-the-moment recording... we had to trust our instincts." Following the successful release of their 2006 album Despite Our Differences, the girls have a lot to live up to; however, circulating previews are already labeling the album as one of their best. Though they retain the very qualities of folk and Americana music that fans adore, they have embarked on new musical explorations by incorporating styles such as R&B. The album will also feature acoustic versions of all the songs in order to give fans an idea of how they sound without a back-up band.

Website: indigogirls.com
MySpace: myspace.com/indigogirlsmusic
Origin: Decatur, Georgia
Recent Release:
Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Label: Vanguard

Song Clips:
listenCloser to Fine | Hammer and a Nail

Shemekia Copeland The daughter of blues guitarist/singer Johnny Copeland, the young Shemekia Copeland was greatly influenced by her father's work. As a child she would often accompany him on tours, making her own mark in the blues circuit. The unfortunate turn in her father's health pushed her to embrace her incredible vocal talent and share it with the rest of the world. In 1998, the 19-year-old established herself as raving new artist with the release of her debut album Turn the Heat Up! The soulful intensity of the album was met with a great deal of enthusiasm and landed her several features in motion pictures. Her style, which integrates elements of blues, soul, funk and jazz, is rich and mind-blowingly powerful. Though she is not yet 30, the passionate singer has already won several blues awards, recieved a Grammy nomination, and opened for top acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, and Taj Mahal.

Recent Performances - Archived at NPR.org/music
Jason Isbell
M. Ward & John Wesley Harding
Carrie Rodriguez
Dr. Dog

The incredible list of accomplishments hasn't quite struck the young artist. In fact, the humble Copeland continually strives to strengthen her singing and grow and an individual. Her fifth album, Never Going Back, is a powerful and soul-drenched compilation of tracks. While she remains true to her blues roots, she takes a step further in her career by experimenting with new styles of music and new approaches to singing (including a silky cover of Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow"). She is not afraid to step outside of her comfort zone; and as the album demonstrates, she does so with both grace and unbelievable power.

Prepare to be blown away by the future Queen of Blues, this Friday at noon!

Website: shemekiacopeland.com
MySpace: myspace.com/shemekiacopeland
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Recent Release:
Never Going Back
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Label: Telarc

Song Clips:
listenNever Going Back to Memphis


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Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

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