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“A wonderful album”

 

“This is a wonderful album, with hints of country, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel amongst the blues,” writes Ricky Flake in the Sun Herald, giving Shemekia’s Outskirts Of Love HHHH 1/2, the best rating in the author’s review of the week.

“There are tons of cool covers by folks as far-ranging as CCR, ZZ Top and Jesse Winchester,” he adds. “My favorites are the title song, the forthright Cardboard Box, the hilarious Drivin’ Out of Nashville, Winchester’s Isn’t That So, and John Fogerty’s Long As I Can See The Light.”

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Drivin’ Out Of Nashville…
in Nashville!

“Drivin’ Out Of Nashville”… in Nashville! A song from the new Outskirts Of Love CD. Remember: “Country music ain’t nothing but the blues with a twang!” (Video John Hahn)
 

“Utterly transcendent”

Beautiful surprise this past Sunday at the Narrows Center Festival in Fall River, Massachussetts. Long-time friend “Monster Mike” Welch sat in with Shemekia.

Jay Miller was there to cover the show for the Taunton Daily Gazette. He caught all the magic of the moment and renders is wonderfully in a great piece entitled “Shemekia Copeland turns up the heat in Fall River show”.

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, Shemekia Copeland and Lexington’s “Monster Mike” Welch were both teenage blues prodigies, and when they met and played together there was an immediate musical chemistry. It would be fair to say that ground zero for their musical collaborations was the original House of Blues in Harvard Square, which nurtured Welch’s early career, and also frequently booked Copeland’s dad, blues guitar legend Johnny “Clyde” Copeland.

When Copeland made her debut album “Turn the Heat Up” in 1998 on the acclaimed Chicago blues label Alligator Records, Welch was a guest, most notably on the cut “Ghetto Child,” which had been penned by her father.

As the years went by, the two and their careers went their separate ways, but they remained friends. Anyone who’s seen a Copeland show in the last few years knows she usually uses “Ghetto Child” as a showstopping finale, belting out the chorus a capella as she strolls through the inevitably stunned audience. Sunday night at the Narrows Center’s 2015 Fall Music Festival, Copeland brought that song to an even higher plateau, bringing out Welch to join her on a rendition that was utterly transcendent.

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In the audience, Joel Barrett recorded the scene and shared it on his MrKtnature channel on YouTube:

A wonderful day indeed.

Mike Welch and Shemekia selfie

Mike Welch and Shemekia selfie

On BluesMobile this weekend

Shemekia “rides in The BluesMobile This Weekend!” announces the BluesMobile show.

The newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland joins Elwood Blues to tout her new release Outskirts of Love, which does its part to keep the blues not only alive but rocking and contemporary.

Shemekia will join Elwood Blues (AKA Dan Aykroyd) to discuss her new Alligator release, Outskirts of Love, and present several cuts from the record. The show will air this Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20.

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Live From The Factory
about to stream live

Nashville’s “acclaimed roots and Americana variety show”, Music City Roots Live From The Factory, hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring Shemekia and her band is broadcasting live this Thursday evening at 7 PM Central, 8PM Eastern.

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“10 most anticipated concerts”

Chicago Magazine selects Shemekia’s upcoming performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music on September 26 in its”Fall’s 10 most anticipated concerts” list.

“With an otherworldly voice that has impressed the likes of the Rolling Stones and nabbed her the Queen of Blues title in 2011, Copeland is a marvel to see live,” reads the magazine.

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“Solid, strong and inspirational”

“Shemekia at the age of 36 has a distinguished career behind her –blues awards galore– and ahead of her, if this set is any indication. Outskirts features material popularized by the likes of Solomon Burke, Albert King, Jesse Winchester and ZZ Top, and guest appearances by Billy Gibbons himself, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart and more… Copeland is a powerful vocalist, a colorful belter, and a consistently convincing interpreter of material… Solid, strong and inspirational, Copeland is systematically laying down a significant legacy, and this is only the latest.”

By Dave DiMartino, Yahoo Music.

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“She personifies
these characters”

“At 35, the most famous blues woman of her generation follows her track with the same confidence,” says Nicolas Teurnier who gives four stars to Outskirts of Love in French magazine Soul Bag. Shemekia sings about “wandering stories” and “disillusioned mornings”. Shemekia “personifies these characters and the listener visualizes the scenes distinctively.”

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“Sublimely expressive throughout”

“Outskirts of Love is (Shemekia’s) third outing with producer, guitarist and songwriter Oliver Wood. (…) Wood and Copeland work well together. Wood co-wrote three of the 12 songs on the album, and enlisted some mighty players to back her up (…)

Copeland’s powerful voice is in full gear and sublimely expressive throughout, and the diverse song selection gives her a wide range of material to display her talents. John Hahn, a remarkably talented instrumental guitarist, co-wrote four of the songs. (…)

Notable songs from the album include Copeland’s take on “Jesus Just Left Chicago” with guest Billy F. Gibbons, “The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On), “Crossbone Beach” with Robert Randolph, “Cardboard Box,” and the gut-wrenching set-ender “Lord, Help the Poor and Needy.” Listen to “Outskirts of Love” and you will agree Copeland deserves the honor of wearing the crown.

By Wildman Steve on The Corner News.

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Soon in Nashville
for AmericanaFest

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The Americana community will soon be gathering in Nashville for its annual festival, AmericanaFest. Music City Roots will be hosting a Live From the Factory showcase for the fifth year, including Shemekia, on September 17.

“She brings to the blues a kind of all-American pride in roots music, with original songs that dig in and draw from soul, gospel, R&B and country music,” writes Craig Havighurst, on the Music City Roots website. “On her incredible and incredibly new (last Friday!) album Outskirts of Love, she sings a funny, bitter anti-tribute/murder ballad to Nashville and country music, which “ain’t nothing but the blues with a twang.” Oh I hope she sings this one. There’s also a lot of potent songwriting about lives lived on the edge and with resilience.”

“Copeland was handed the crown and named the new Queen of the Blues by the daughter of Koko Taylor, Alligator’s mega-star Chicago-based wonder. So it’s an honor to have her on the show.”

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