Shemekia Copeland live in concert. Photo by Brian Blauser

Stone Mountain Arts Center will present world-renowned vocalist Shemekia Copeland, the reigning Blues Foundation B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the center, 695 Dugway Road, in Brownfield.

Her latest Alligator Records release is the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, multi-award-winning “Uncivil War.” The album builds on the musically and lyrically adventurous territory Copeland’s been exploring for over a decade, blending blues, R&B and Americana into a sound that is now hers alone.

“Uncivil War,” recorded in Nashville with award-winning producer and musician Will Kimbrough at the helm, is a career-defining album for Copeland. Among the most striking songs on the album are the true, torn-from-history story of the last slave ship to reach America, “Clotilda’s On Fire,” and the topical title track, a courageous plea for unity in a time of disunion. Guests on “Uncivil War” include Americana superstar Jason Isbell, legendary guitarist Steve Cropper, Grammy-nominated young guitar star Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, rocker Webb Wilder, rock icon Duane Eddy, mandolin wizard Sam Bush, dobro master Jerry Douglas, and The Orphan Brigade providing background vocals.
Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world, and has appeared in films, on national television, NPR, and in magazine and newspapers. She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait

In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. She has performed on PBS’s Austin City Limits and was the subject of a six-minute feature on the PBS News Hour. Currently, Copeland can be heard hosting her own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville.
Tickets cost $45.

For. more information, visit stonemountainartscenter.com, or call 207-935-7292.

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