“Shemekia’s best so far”

Shemekia Copeland’s reputation has grown fast after the release of her first album ‘Turn The Heat Up’ from 1998 when Shemekia was 18. She shared the stages with the biggest names in both the pop- and bluescircuit and this is her eighth album.

It opens with the rocking titletrack in which she gives her vocal cords a serious test. In ‘Drivin’ Out Of Nashville’, where this album was recorded, she winks to classic country with the beautiful sentence: ‘Country music’s nothing but blues with a twang’.  The accoustic blues ‘Cardboard Box’, with Alvin Youngblood Hart on guitar is a plea for the homeless.

She covers a song from the repertoir of her father Johnny Copeland and his time it’s ‘Devil’s Hand’, drenched in afrobeat. Beside this all there’s a very well balanced selection with covers coming from America’s music history of approximately fifty years.

This very varied and excellently produced album is Shemekia’s best so far.

Translated in English from the review written by Rien Wisse, in Jazzism (The Netherlands).

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