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The past year has been good to Roxi Copland. Since we last checked in with her, Copland’s 2014 LP, “Truth Be Told,” has become her most successful album to date. Tracks from the album are finding regular rotation on radio stations around the country, and Copland’s first tour in support of the album was so well received that she is gearing up to hit the road and do it again.

Roxi Copland plays the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Roxi Copland plays the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

“This tour really is my focal point at the moment,” she said in a phone interview. “Nine or 10 dates out in the Pacific Northwest. I did most of my own booking for this tour. I grew up in Aberdeen, Washington, which is about an hour and a half outside of Seattle, so I had a lot of connections with friends and family.”

Copland is the kind of vocalist who makes new fans virtually every time she opens her mouth, but “Truth Be Told” has been something on another level entirely.

“I’ve been pretty floored by the response,” she admitted. “This is the first album of mine that’s gotten widespread radio play. Part of the reason why I’m doing the second tour is because there are some cities that I didn’t get to hit the first time, but where radio play has opened up a market that I didn’t know that I had much of a fan base in.”

Prep Iowa

Once she’s back home from this next road trip, Copland hopes to get back to the process of writing. Songwriting has never been a task that she has had much luck with while on the road. For Copland, the juggling of travel, press, performances and fan interactions does not leave much time to put pen to paper and flesh ideas out. So, for now, her plan is to tackle the new songs over the winter and to get a new album recorded next spring.

But, before all of that, there’s a return to her second home.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Des Moines for being the place where I really started my career,” she said. “It was the first place that I started playing publicly.”

Copland has a loyal fan base here in the capital city, and it is a love that is returned in kind.

“Des Moines has always been my home away from home,” she said. “So I always include Des Moines on my tours.” CV

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