Great memories from Nashville…
Shemekia and her band appeared live on Music City Roots – Live From The Factory in Franklin, TN, on September 17 during AmericanaFest. They performed five songs from her brand new release, Outskirts Of Love, and joined all the other artists (Joel Rafael, The Mavericks, Whitehorse) for the all-star jam of The Mavericks’ All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down. Shemekia was also interviewed by Music City Roots journalist and co-host Craig Havighurst.
Watch the full episode of the September 17th Music City Roots show.
Shemekia’s performance from 1:22 – 1:46
Shemekia’s interview from 1:52 – 1:59
All Star Jam begins at 2:42
Things got louder and rowdier with the arrival of Shemekia Copeland and her four-piece band. With big city force and passion, she opened with the title cut from the new Outskirts of Love album and then stewed on a slow rocker with cutting slide electric from Arthur Neilson. Her tabloid-worthy story song of a Nashville record deal gone way wrong, with the line “country music ain’t nothing but the blues with a twang” and a railroad beat got a huge surge of affection from the crowd. Copeland covered a “baby making” Solomon Burke tune that really showed off her versatile, powerful voice. And she wrapped with a song of her father’s that took her home to the core of the blues. Of all the Alligator Records artists working today, Shemekia was the one I was most eager to see on our stage, and I’m impressed that the team pulled it off.
The review is by Craig Havighurst. Read his full “May brain on Americana” review.
And here are some pictures of Shemekia on Music City Roots. Photos courtesy of Anthony Scarlati.