Shemekia Copeland brings America’s Child to AmericanaFest in Nashville
Showcasing at City Winery Nashville on September 13
Also Appearing on WMOT-FM’s Wired In Wednesday
and on Nationally Syndicated Acoustic Cafe Program
ALLIGATOR RECORDS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018. – Grammy-nominated blues, R&B and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform music from her critically-acclaimed, powerful new album, America’s Child, in a series of performances during the Americana Music Association’s AMERICANAFEST in Nashville, Tennessee. America’s Childhas been a Top 10 Americana album since its August 3 release, and features the Top 5 Americana single Ain’t Got Time For Hate.
Copeland will showcase with her full band at City Winery (609 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN) on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm. Additionally she will appear Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00pm on Nashville’s 89.5 WMOT-FM Wired In Wednesday live broadcast from The Local (110 28th Ave. North, Nashville, TN). On Thursday, September 14 she will appear at 1:15pm (with guitarist Arthur Neilson) before a live studio audience for a taping of the nationally syndicated radio program Acoustic Café at the Sound Stage Recording Studio(10 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN).
Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise. With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness.
America’s Child is Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, the three-time Grammy nominee’s wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.
The initial reviews have been stellar:
Shemekia Copeland’s voice is rich, soulful and totally commanding. Authoritative, passionate Stax-styled stirrers, raw Chicago blues and countryish folk rockers. Four Stars.
Head-turning and outspoken, America’s Child is a true hybrid of simmering, real-talking spirit and emphatic, folkie-and soul-style statement-making. Copeland sings slow-burning soul and rollicking country-blues with growling vigor and potent conviction.
– NPR MUSIC, First Listen
Bold and brassy attitude and soulful blues delivered with gospel fervor.
– No Depression
Fervent vocals and fierce delivery… Shemekia Copeland comes on stronger, harder and wiser than ever in her incendiary new album, America’s Child. You’re hearing music conceived to ignite passions and raise sensibilities.
– Chicago Tribune
Searing, husky vocals deliver the meticulously chosen material with fierce intent, balancing her emotionally moving four-alarm vocals with a more subtle tough yet tender approach. The riveting America’s Child pushes boundaries, creating music reflecting a larger, wider-ranging tract of Americana.
– American Songwriter
Shemekia Copeland is an antidote to artifice. She is a commanding presence, a powerhouse vocalist delivering the truth.
– Philadelphia Inquirer
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