#2 in Living Blues’
top chart of 2015

Shemekia’s Outskirts of Love is second in Living Blues’ Radio Chart top 50 albums of 2015, right behind Buddy Guy’s Born To Play Guitar.

Both albums are nominated in the Best Blues Album category for a Grammy Award.

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#1 on Contemporary blues chart

Shemekia Copeland’s Outskirts of Love is #1 on Roots Music Report‘s Contemporary blues chart for 2016.

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Seven songs make it to the top 100 Contemporary blues chart:

  • Outskirts of Love at #4
  • Wrapped Up in Love Again at #30
  • Long As I Can See the Light at #37
  • The Battle is over (But the War Goes On) at #40
  • Cardboard Box at #49
  • Drivin’ out of Nashville at #50
  • Devil’s Hand at #54

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Album of the year in the UK!

“What an incredible year of the blues! […] It wouldn’t have been such a great year for blues without the 50 quality releases that we’ve selected as the best of 2015, which you’ll find on the following pages. Unlike previous years, this time we’ve numbered them in descending order and, for the first time, selected an album of the year,” writes The Blues Magazine‘s editor Ed Mitchell.

And for the British magazine, this album of the year is… Outskirts of Love! 

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Tackling subjects such as date rape and homelessness, yet with a deft touch and upbeat tone, Copeland’s eighth album is a mature masterpiece of modern blues.

Recorded in Nashville with her team of John Hahn and Oliver Wood, Shemekia Copeland’s Outskirts of Love is a sure sign of an evolving artist. Across the seven albums that preceded it, Copeland, daughter of Texas blues icon Johnny Copeland, has stepped in and out of almost every genre under the sun, weaving country, gospel and more into her bedrock of blues.

It’s a mix that has paid dividends, hence the record’s place at the top of our chart. Not only is it a musically mature album, it’s also one that pulls no punches. Lyrically it hits hard, especially when dealing with issues like date rape (on Crossbone Beach), but it still retains Copeland’s trademark uplifting sound and never fails to leave the listener with a smile on their face.

There are also brave choices in cover versions, most notably by taking on Devil’s Hand, one of her late father’s famed recordings. In fact, not only does she take the song on, but she makes it her own. Now that’s the sign of a true artist, and also a worthy Album Of The Year award winner.

By Rich Chamberlain, who follows up with an in-depth interview of Shemekia.

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#1 on Living Blues radio chart!

Shemekia Copeland’ Outskirts Of Love made it number one on the October 2015 Living Blues radio chart.

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#1 on iTunes blues album chart

Outskirts of Love is the number one selling blues CD on iTunes!

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Two other CDs are in the top 50: Never Going Back at #45 and Blues Deluxe at #49.

Album at #2, 5 songs in Top 50!

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Outskirts of Love, Shemekia’s new album, is second on the Roots Music Report‘s Top 50 Blues Album Chart for the week of September 21, right after Buddy Guy’s Born To Play Guitar.

This same week, five of Shemekia’s songs make it to the Top 50 Blues Song Chart!

Outskirts of Love is #4 (up from #19), Wrapped Up in Love Again #19 (up from #20), Devil’s Hand #27 (up from #51), Drivin’ out of Nashville #32 (up from #41), and The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On) remains steady at #49.

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Listen to all the songs.

And to celebrate, here is a video posted by MrKtnature on YouTube of Shemekia and her band performing the title song at the Narrows Festival of the Arts in Fall River, Massachussetts, at the beginning of the Outskirts Of Love Fall Tour.

#3 on iTunes the first day!

The album Outkirsts of Love made it to number 3 the day of its release on the iTunes Blues Album Chart! Number 3 in the grid, between two great references: Buddy Guy’s Born to Play Guitar and Etta James’s At Last…

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