“A genuinely
scorching release”

With Outskirts Of Love, (Shemekia Copeland) has turned me into a fan, a follower, a supporter. This is a genuinely scorching release, full of great music propelled raucously along a riotous road by Copeland’s searing voice, a voice that hits the spot more than nicely with deep-throated, full-throttle soul and blues, Memphis to Chicago, swampy New Orleans to twanging Tennessee.

In many ways, this is a fairly typical Alligator release: thumping, driving, rock-blues played with passion and power. Where it differs is in Copeland’s evident strength, maturity, subtlety and sheer muscle-power. Her voice soars above the band when needed and yet never detracts from the overall effort.

In Blues Matters (UK). LOGO blues matters UK