“An album that speaks
to the times”

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“It’s too soon to tell whether Outskirts Of Love is the end of a trilogy or simply the next chapter in an ongoing saga,” writes Jim Allen on NPR’s First Listen.

All we know for sure is that it’s the third album to find Shemekia Copeland extending her definition of modern blues to include a sort of pan-Americana approach. […] ¬†With crucial contributions from her manager/producer/songwriter John Hahn, Copeland has crafted an album that speaks to the times. A third of the songs are originals co-written by Hahn and guitarist Oliver Wood (of folk-rock band The Wood Brothers), and instead of trudging through blues tropes, Crossbone Beach, Cardboard Box and the title track speak to, for and about working people who sweat their way through modern-day America’s injustices, traps and hypocrisies […]

But Copeland’s genre-melding fluidity would be for naught if she didn’t possess such a powerhouse voice. She brings a perfect balance of authority and understatement to each song, whether it hails from Music City or the Mississippi Hill Country. As long as she’s got that going for her, who cares how the results are labeled?

Read the whole (great) review on NPR’s First Listen. And listen to the whole album!LOGO npr


Outskirts of Love is available at Alligator Records. LOGO Alligator Records