“A gritty, frequently dark offering”

Shemekia Copeland at 2015 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival - Photo BluesPowR Blog

Shemekia Copeland at 2015 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival – Photo BluesPowR Blog

Having inherited the title following the death of the great Koko Taylor, the reigning “Queen of the Blues” returns to the same label on which her first four albums were released with her latest CD Outskirts of Love, a gritty, frequently dark offering that ranks among the very best we’ve heard from her […]

With its tales of runaway brides, murder, the dangers of the music industry, sin and temptation, and dealing with the devil, there’s of course lots to like on Outskirts of Love. But our favorite songs of the bunch have to be the husky, soulful “I Feel a Sin Coming On” (Solomon Burke), again accented by horns, and aforementioned “Cardboard Box”, a duet with singer and guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart co-penned by UK bluesman Ian Siegal and that offers such terrific lyrics as “don’t need a door, I don’t need locks, livin’ my life in a cardboard box” and “Now it don’t matter what you own, a little shack or a mansion of stone/ life is rough, it only gets worse/ we all end up in a box, I just got mine first”. […]

If the world wasn’t already calling her the “Queen of the Blues”, it sure would be after hearing this album.

By Mike, on The BluesPowr Blog.

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