Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blues sensation Shemekia Copeland re-signs to Chicago-based Alligator Records

Chicago-based Alligator Records has announced the re-signing of blues/soul/Americana singing sensation Shemekia Copeland to the label she called home from 1998 through 2005. She is currently recording new material for a fall 2015 release, with musician Oliver Wood, of The Wood Brothers, producing.

Copeland, a two-time Grammy nominee and daughter of late Texas blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, is excited to be back on Alligator. 

 "Historically, Alligator has consistently put out the world's best blues music," Copeland said in a press release from Alligator. "Now I'm back to make a little history myself."

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer couldn't be happier. 

"I’m thrilled to welcome Shemekia back into the Alligator family," Iglauer  said in the release. "When we first signed her in 1997, she was already a mature and extremely soulful blues singer. Now, with the experience of 13 more years of live performances, she has blossomed into a charismatic artist who can deliver roots rock, Americana and blues with equal power and authority, and with wonderful subtlety, shading and nuance. Oliver Wood has proven to be a terrific producer for her. We’re very much looking forward to her next album, and proud to have it coming on Alligator." 

Like always, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future, prepared to continue to break new musical ground. "I want to keep growing, to be innovative," she said. "So it's not that I'm going back to Alligator. I'm moving ahead with Alligator. Together we are going to make the most exciting music of my career."