Lemuel Sheppard’s blend of original folk, blues and traditional music gives audiences of all ages a concert experience they are sure to remember. His scholarship in folklore and history makes it enlightening as well as entertaining.
Sheppard first began performing as a member of the Eva Jessye Choir. Dr. Eva Jessye is most noted as the original choral director for the folk opera "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin.
The U.S. Embassy in Brazil referred to Sheppard as “The perfect touring artist, talented, flexible, knowledgeable of his own culture and interested in others." The Eisteddfod International Music Festival in South Africa referred to Sheppard as “An example in international and inter-cultural relations."
Sheppard is a member of the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Kansas Folklore Society’s Joan O’Bryant Award. "Lem" has performed at the Kennedy Center, and also composed the sound track to the PBS documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. The Topeka Board of Education, "Black, and White & Brown.”
Sheppard will perform on the Coffeyville Community College campus on Tuesday, April 10, as part of the CCC Humanities Project. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.
For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.