Johnny Copeland

By J Poet

It took Texas blues guitarist Johnny Copeland a long time to gain recognition, but after a lifetime of near misses he finally scored a Grammy with one of his first albums, Showdown! (1985 Alligator), a collaboration with Robert Cray and Albert Collins. He was one of the first bluesmen to investigate the connections between African and American music. The result was Bringing It All Back Home (1986 Rounder) recorded in Ivory Coast with African musicians who later went on tour with him. In the 80s, Copland began suffering chest pains and was diagnosed with heart disease. A heart transplant in 1997 led... Read More

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