“In top form on vocals”

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In 2012, Shemekia Copeland was crowned the “New Queen of the Blues” at the Chicago Blues Festival and the passing of the crown from Koko’s family couldn’t have been more appropriate. Shemekia is back on Alligator Records and this production does her up proud: new songs – some not blues and some not original but all excellent. She is in top form on vocals here as she was at this year’s Festival, a major highlight of that weekend. She has always dealt in social commentary and several songs here are sterling new examples: the opening “(Living on the) Outskirts of Love” is a roaring way to start, the verses about with runaway brides and neglected children.

At the Toronto Blues Society, John’s Blues Picks of September 2015 features Shemekia’s Outskirts Of Love.

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