“She makes each song
her own personal tale”
Bequeathed with a dynamic and assertive voice, Outskirts Of Love is an affirmation that (Shemekia) has taken the blues into contemporary territory, while maintaining the raw emotion that is demanded of those that dare venture into this expressive and exclusive vocation.
As times have changed, so has the blues. From the title track, with its hard edged guitars, this record finds Copeland accompanied by an innovative group of musicians who take the songs into rock, soul, Americana, and even country, as witnessed by “Drivin’ Out Of Nashville,” which she defines as “blues with a twang.” […]
That she covers such a wide scope of genres on Outskirts Of Love might be cause for alarm in hardcore blues purists, but she has earned the right to sing the blues in any form she likes, as she makes each song her own personal tale. Her stage presence is as inspiring as her recordings, attesting that she can convey the message with a genuine expertise that only someone born into the blues can.
By James Nadal, who gives the album 4 stars on All About Jazz.
Read the full review on All About Jazz.