“Expanded into multifaceted affairs”

A few years back, AmericanaFest hosted a panel on blues music’s place in the genre, which is no simple topic. Shemekia Copeland is the rare artist who makes drawing roots and blues crowds together look easy. As the daughter of guitarist Johnny Copeland, she arrived with a strong Texas, 12-bar pedigree and brassy vocal authority, but she’s consciously expanded her last three albums — including her latest, Outskirts of Love — into multifaceted affairs. This time around, she wove in sharp social consciousness, detailed narrative, reinvigorated throwbacks, down-home heat, uptown cool and plenty more.

By Jewly Hight in “34 can’t-miss artists and events to catch at AmericanaFest”, published by Nashville Scene, before Shemekia’s performance at Music City Roots for AmericanaFest.

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