Shemekia Copeland will celebrate her new album on the Stone Pony summer stage
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) — Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland will celebrate the release of his powerful and innovative new album from Alligator Records, gone too farwith a live performance at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park on Saturday, September 3, 2022 when she opens the night for Jason Isbell and Unit 400. Possessing one of the most instantly recognizable and deeply soulful roots music voices of our time, Copeland is loved the world over for the fearlessness, honesty and humor of her revealing music, as well as for delivering every song she performs with unparalleled passion.
The show is at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $49.50 in advance / $55.00 at the door. The tickets are available for purchase on line. The Stone Pony Summer Stage is located at 913 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Copeland connects with her audience on an extremely personal level, taking them with her on what The Wall Street Journal calls it “a consistent ride” of “bold and timely blues”.
She recently won the living blues Magazine Critics’ Poll Award for Blues Artist of the Year (Female), and low beat the magazine’s Critics’ Poll named her Blues Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. gone too farthe first single from Too far to have goneis already one of the most listened to songs on XM/Sirius Radio B.B. King’s Bluesville channel.
gone too far (release date August 19) continues the story that Copeland began telling at the 2019 grand opening America’s Child and nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards uncivil war, reflecting his vision of America’s past, present and future. On Made it come too far she delivers her hard-hitting musical truths through her eyes, those of a young black American woman, mother and wife. But she also likes to have a good time, and her music reflects that, sometimes bringing her sly sense of humor to the fore. Guests on the album include slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth, Mississippi Hill country blues icons Cedric Burnside and Kenny Brown, Memphis soul keyboard legend Charles Hodges, Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers), star American Aaron Lee Tasjan and Pat Sansone (of Wilco).
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According to Copeland, “This album was made by all sides of me – happy, sad, silly, angry – they’re all part of who I am and who we all are. I’m not political. I’m just talking about what’s happening in this country. And she’s not holding back. Recorded in Nashville and produced by multi-instrumentalist/composer Will Kimbrough (who also produced his two previous albums), gone too far is Copeland at his charismatic, passionate and confrontational best. According to her friend Mavis Staples, “I’m so happy that Shemekia is delivering these songs that the world needs to hear. Her voice is strong and moving, and her message comes from her heart.
Copeland has performed thousands of concerts in clubs, festivals and concert halls around the world since his debut with Alligator Records. Turn up the heat hit in 1998. She has appeared in films, on national television, NPR and in magazines and newspapers. She sang with Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Dr. John and many more, and shared a bill with the Rolling Stones. She entertained US troops in Iraq and Kuwait in 2008, a trip that she says “opened my eyes to the world around me and my place in it.” In 2012 she performed with BB King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for the President and Mrs. Obama. She appeared on PBS Austin city limits and was the subject of a six-minute feature on PBS News hour.
Copeland has been the subject of a long Washington Post Sunday magazine article and appeared on both NPR weekend edition and Here and now. And the NPRs Jazz night in America recently aired a one-hour show featuring Copeland. In April 2022, she performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall to a global audience of millions as part of International Jazz Day celebrations. Copeland continues to host his own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM Bluesville.
With Made it come too far Copeland hits harder than ever with musically and lyrically adventurous songs and jaw-dropping performances that are both timely and timeless. As for the continued evolution of her music, Copeland is very clear. “Once my son was born,” she says, “I became even more committed to making the world a better place. On America’s Child, uncivil war and now gone too far, I tried to put the “United” back in the United States. Friends, family and home, those things we all enjoy.
According The Philadelphia Investigator, “Shemekia Copeland is an antidote to artifice. She is an imposing presence, a powerful singer who delivers the truth.
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