“Let’s hope that a European tour is already planned!”

The tone is given right away: pure energy coming right out of the foundry! Shemekia comes back with a heavy-hitter album […]

Three of the songs have been co-written by John Hahn, her manager, producer and song-writer, and Olivier Wood, guitarist with the Wood Brothers, a fourth with Ian Siegal. Not to be forgotten a cover of Albert King’s “Wrapped Up In Love Again”, and another of her father Johnny Copeland’s ‘Devil’s Hand’, both of which enrich the album. All together a superb blues album which Shemekia is presenting live on the 47 shows of her American tour spreading till February. Let’s hope that a European tour is already planned for the following months!

By Dominique Boulay, on Paris On The Move, which gives Outskirts of Love four stars (very good).

Read the full review (in French) on Paris on The Move.

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“A foot in soul, a foot in rock”

Heiress of a line that puts her in the steps of Etta James and representative of her own generation (she is just over 35), Shemekia isn’t someone who likes to be told what to do. […]

A foot in soul, a foot in rock, a nice transgenerational album sealing the pursuit of a collaboration which started last century.

By Patrick Dallongeville for Paris on The Move which gives Outskirts of Love four stars (very good).

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“She reaffirms her reign”

Copeland’s confident new album, Outskirts of Love, offers what a blues listener might expect from an insider. It speaks of isolated places, one-time encounters with love, and hard-knock tales: all familiar territory in this genre. […]

In sum, Outskirts of Love is a reminder why Shemekia Copeland is the “Queen of the Blues”: her powerful voice, strong musical partners, and creative license with the genre reaffirm her reign.

By Douglas Dowling Peach. Read the full review on Black Grooves.

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“An established blues vocalist”

This lady doesn’t need to prove anything any more. With her eighth studio album Shemekia Copeland shows once again that she is an established blues vocalist. […]

Copeland’s third collaboration with producer, songwriter and guitarist Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers) is full of life thanks to her engaging soulful and powerful blues and gospel voice that is unmistakably in the tradition of her idol Koko Taylor […].

By Frank Ipach on Hooked on Music. Read the full review (in German).

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Shemekia in Chicago Sun Times’ Holiday Guide

Shemekia Copeland’s Holiday Party: Seeing this versatile vocalist powerhouse is all the gift you need this year.

The Chicago Sun Times included Shemekia in their Holiday Show Guide.

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Shemekia will be performing at the City Winery, in Chicago, on December 20.

“A force in the genre”

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It goes without saying that Shemekia Copeland has the blues in her blood. The vocalist was raised on the music of her late, legendary father Johnny Clyde Copeland and she is now a force in the genre as well. In addition to a recording career spanning nearly 20 years, Copeland recently received the Living Blues Award for “Blues Artist of the Year (Female).”

By Brent Thompson, who interviewed Shemekia for Weld for Birmingham, before her performance on Wednesday, November 11, at Iron City. Also performing that night, the Robert Cray Band.

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The Tavis Smiley video

Shemekia Copeland, the Grammy-nominated blues star, opens up about the inspiration behind her acclaimed new album, Outskirts of Love.

When you follow in the musical footsteps of your legendary father (the late blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland), you know you’ve stepped out of his shadow when you’re declared the new “Queen of the Blues” by none other than the daughter of the great Koko Taylor. That’s the backstory of Shemekia Copeland, who’s a force to be reckoned with in the blues genre. Since singing at the famed Cotton Club at age 8, she’s opened for The Rolling Stones, headlined festivals around the world and won two Grammy nods. Copeland landed a record deal at age 19 and has shared the stage with the greats. She’s even performed at the White House. Her latest album is the critically acclaimed Outskirts of Love.

Shemekia was interviewed on the Tavis Smiley show, on CBS. Shemekia talks about the blues, Outskirts Of Love —the album, the stories behind it, and outskirts in general… She also sang the title song, “Outskirts Of Love” with Arthur Neilson on guitar. The program aired on Wednesday, November 4. If you missed it, you can still watch the video.

#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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On the Tavis Smiley show

Had a ball on the Tavis Smiley show!! Arthur and I play Outskirts of Love. Don’t miss it.

Shemekia and Arthur Neilson were invited on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. To be aired all across America this Wednesday, November 4th.

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“With Mom and Tavis Smiley, in Los Angeles”

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“In makeup getting ready to go on Tavis Smiley Show”

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“Arthur tuning up backstage at the Tavis Smiley Show”

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“A flame that hasn’t been altered”

Seventeen years and seven albums later, at age 35, (Shemekia Copeland) still shows the same commitment to a material she doesn’t write, but that she knows how to chose with discernment. For the past few years she has been relying on the very descriptive stories written for her by producers John Hahn and Oliver Wood. These compositions are the best part of the album, along with the inevitable –and waited for– cover of one of her father’s songs, Devil’s Hand here. Grouped in the first part of the album, these pieces, tinted with a contemporary blues twist, sometimes tending towards a groovy rock or reaching out to Southern soul or country music, show a flame that hasn’t been altered.

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