“Unafraid to tackle
real world issues”

Shemekia Copeland is a blues tour de force. But more than that, she is an accomplished singer songwriter unafraid to tackle real world issues. In a recent interview with NPR, she reflected that at 36, she’s travelled a lot and seen a lot and, “I want to talk about it all – domestic violence, data rape, politicians who are completely corrupt.”

On her new album “Outskirts of Love,” she makes us pay attention to those on the margins – victims of date rape in Crossbone Beach and of domestic violence in Drivin’ Out of Nashville, the homeless, in Cardboard Box, and those living in poverty in Lord Help the Poor And Needy. These songs, plus covers of Albert King, ZZ Top, Jesse Winchester and her father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, make for one very fine album, an almighty fusing of blues and gospel. […]

So thanks, Shemekia for the reality check – along with the fabulous music, brought alive by her outstanding vocal performances, which vary between understated, powerhouse, sultry and downright bluesy.

By Gary W. Burnett, in “Shemekia Copeland’s reality check,” on Down At The Crossroads.

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