Lem Sheppard

Lem Sheppard

 Kansas City, Kansas, USA
SoloBluesFolk

Lem Sheppard can move seamlessly from blues, jazz, or folk. He is a crowd favorite at festivals, coffee houses, community performances, or on the concert stage.

Biography


  When you hear Lem perform traditional music you are reminded that this is music we once danced, clapped and sang along to. It doesn’t take long after he launches into The Crawdad Song or John Henry that a four or five year old is seen dancing around in front of the stage.  His bluesy rendition of the Spirituals brings out the humming and swaying from anyone who knows them.

 

 His voice trained by Dr. Eva Jessey- The Grand Dame of American Music, can move seamlessly from a Baritone with its full richness while singing a Spiritual to a Folk holler, and then to a juke joint bluesy tenor.

 

Sometimes while discussing to origins of the St. Louis Blues lem picks up the tenor banjo to give the audience a chance to hear what W.C. Handy might have heard in that train station in Mississippi that made him the father of the blues. Lem not only plays bottle neck guitar but he takes you on a journey through history to teach you why the Delta Bluesmen called it “Spanish Tuning” when they tuned their guitars this special way.

 

You can tell that Lem hasn’t forgotten his Kansas City jazz roots when he plays music from the Harlem Renaissance or something from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess that he learned from Eva Jessey, the folk opera’s original choral director. To share with the audience where it all came from, Lem likes to end many of his concerts with a crowd favorite, his arrangement of the West African folk song Take Time.

Everyone loved this program... Lem was a hit!
---- Pine Bluff MO


"Awesome performance! captivating"
-----Rose Hill NC

"Great performance"
---- Thousand Oaks CA

"Exceptional program"
----Turner OR

"Very engaging!"
Londonderry NH

"The children loved his stories and songs"
---- Yonkers NY

Our students were completely dazzled by Mr. Sheppard's program. He is a wonderfully talented individual who incorporates social studies, music, and language arts into his very educational program.
--- Clay City Elementary School - Clay City, IN

"Thanking you for a wonderful year of touring for our company 
we appreciated so very much all of the great shows, the professional way you did them, and all the extra miles and efforts on some of the weeks. I would hope we could do another tour in the future."
John Tacha
The Bureau of Lectures
Lawrence Kansas

 "An example in international and inter-cultural relations."

The Eisteddfod International Music Festival 

"The perfect touring artist'
US Embassy Brasil

"Lem has been traveling the world teaching them about us, and traveling the country teaching us about ourselves."

DMACC

"You have an open invitation to play here anytime"

Elgin Community College,

Lyrics

Show me a heart

Written By: lemuel sheppard

Show me a heart that never regrets,
One that can never forgive,
And I’ll show you a place so cold dark and lonely,
where only this heart can live.
And you'll find a man, who never dreamed of,
finding true love in the end.
And now he can’t see with his own eyes,
or take a chance on intuition.
Now he sits with the lights down low,
Thinking he’s happy alone.
But he stays away from the widow,
To make people think nobody’s home.
He’s longing to melt a tender heart,
with the words from the tip of his tongue.
But until then the silence will prevail,
While he is waiting for no one.
Only time will tell if you waited too long,
Your light won’t shine forever,
Through that window the wind might blow,
And turn your flame into a flicker.
Show me a heart that never regrets,
One that can never forgive,
And I’ll show you a place so cold dark and lonely
Where only this heart can live.

dust till dawn

Written By: lemuel sheppard

there are no lyrics for this song

Show me a Heart

Written By: lem sheppard

Show me a heart,
That never regrets,
One that can never forgive.

And I'll show you a place,
So cold dark and lonely,
Where only this heart can live.

You'll find a man,
Who never dreamed of,
Finding true love in the end,

Now he can't see,
With his own eyes,
Or take a chance on intuition.

Now he sits alone
With the lights down low,
Thinking he's happy alone.

But he stays away
From the window
To make people think nobody's home.

He longing to melt
A tender heart,
With the words from the tip of his tongue.

But until then,
the silence will prevail,
While he is waiting for no one.

Only time will tell,
If you waited too long,
Your light won’t shine forever.

Through that window,
The wind might blow,
And turn your flame into a flicker.

Show me a heart,
That never regrets,
One that can never forgive.