“A real jolt of inspiration in these trying times”

Shemekia Copeland was one of those people who said she never felt becoming a parent would change their life much. No surprise, she turned out to be wrong, but Copeland’s new perspective led to the most potent and meaningful album of her career, “America’s Child,” just out on the Alligator label. (…) 

There are a dozen fine songs on the new album, which might be her most rocking effort ever, but the opening three are a real jolt of inspiration in these trying times. “Ain’t Got Time for Hate” is a powerful litany of advice to her son, expressing that sentiment with the immediacy of lines like “one more moment, is a moment too late.”

By  Jay N. Miller, before Shemekia’s performance at The Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachussets, this Saturday, September 22, at City Winery in Boston on Monday September 24 and at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River on Thursday, September 27. Read the full and very detailed story in the The Patriot Ledger.