RedDirtReport: America’s Child “hits hard – musically, lyrically, spiritually”

The new album from contemporary blues singer Shemekia Copeland – aptly titled America’s Child – is a record for its time and place. It hits hard – musically, lyrically, spiritually.  (…) 

With this stunning record, released in August on Chicago-based Alligator Records, Shemekia Copeland appears to be on the cusp of bringing her bold, bluesy sound to a far wider audience. This is a breakthrough album for Copeland and should be in every American’s stocking this Christmas!  (…)

Copeland wastes no time on this Will Kimbrough-produced record (Kimbrough also plays guitar on much of it) by offering up the album opener “Ain’t Got Time For Hate.” It is tuneful-yet-raw. (…) That first song sets the tone for the album. Every time I hear it, I get chills.

I cannot emphasize enough how amazingly good America’s Child is. I am now a serious, serious fan of Copeland’s latest album and will be digging deeper into her whole body of work. I urge you, dear reader, to do that as well.

Andrew W. Griffin gives a 5 star to Shemekia’s America’s Child, which, he writes in the headline, “captures country’s current mood.” Read the full Rusty’s Music review on