Lem sheppard Guitar, banjo, Vocals,
It was in 1979 that Lemuel Sheppard switched from electric guitar to acoustic guitar at the advice of his mentor Eva Jessey, who gained international fame for her work as George Gershwin's original choral director for his folk opera "Porgy and Bess." Since then his music has taken him from his Kansas City roots to South America, Africa, national tours and a solo performance at the Kennedy Center.
Lem has performed with and opened shows for; Taj Mahal, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Little Charlie and The Night Cats, Sparky Rucker, Danny Cox, Cephas and Wiggins, Drink Small, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Honey Boy Edwards, and many others.
His original acoustic contemporary songs and arrangements along with storytelling and history make his concerts an enlightening and entertaining experience that audiences of all ages are sure to remember.
The US Embassy in Brazil referred to Lemuel 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 Lemuel as “An example in international and inter-cultural relations"
Lemuel is a member of the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame, he composed and performed the jazz sound track to the PBS documentary "Black, White & Brown," which was nominated for a regional Emmy, The Kansas Folklore Society gave him the Joan O’Bryant Award and in 2012 he was one of the six finalist in the Telluride blues competition.