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“Shemekia Copeland isn’t calling her new Outskirts of Love a concept album. But it does have a thematic thread that runs through its 12 blues-and-R&B-infused songs, from the title track to the closing rendition of Jessie Mae Hemphill’s Lord, Help The Poor And Needy,” writes Gary Graff, who interviewed Shemekia for Billboard magazine.

“On this particular record I just think everybody in the (songs) is on the outskirts,” Shemekia told the award-winning music journalist. “Whether they’re homeless or being date-raped or can’t find the right partner in life or looking for justice in some sort of way and they can’t find it, it’s all about people on the outskirts.”

The magazine also premieres the title track which, according to Gary Graff, “reflects the tone” of the album.

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