The Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) presents a conversation and live remote performance with the award-winning blues artist Shemekia Copeland on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. PST.
The webcast event is part of CLA’s American String Series. Hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli, each segment of American Strings is comprised of a conversation and solo performance by successful artists from a variety of genres, making for a one of a kind opportunity to appreciate and know better the great American music tradition.
With a recording career that began in 1998 when she was just 18 years old, Shemekia Copeland has earned praise as the "greatest female blues vocalist working today" (Chicago Tribune). The soul, lyrically adventurous vocalist sings songs about the world around her, tackling the problems of contemporary American life head on with nuance, understanding, and a demand for change.
A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Copeland has performed all over the world, has appeared in films, on national television, radio and in print media. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, John Prine, Dr. John, and more. In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mich Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr., and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. She has appeared on Austin City Limits, and was recently featured on the PBS News Hour. She also hosts her own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM's, "Bluesville."
Her riveting latest album, "Uncivil War," builds on the musically and lyrically adventurous territory she's been exploring for more than a decade, blending blues, R&B and Americana into a sound that is now hers alone.