“With feeling and force”

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Shemekia Copeland © Photo Joseph A. Rosen

Singer Shemekia Copeland isn’t trying to revive some vintage sound from Chicago or the Mississippi Delta. On her most recent record, 2015’s “Outskirts of Love,” she sings with feeling and force, taking classic rock songs like ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and CCR’s “Long As I Can See The Light” and turning up their Sunday-morning quality while retaining some Saturday-night swagger.

By John Adamian, in Connecticut Now, before Shemekia’s show at the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday, February 5th.

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