“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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