Uncivil War, was named the #1 Blues Album Of The Year in MOJO Magazine’s influential annual list

There’s an unrelenting power to Shemekia Copeland’s performance on her tenth album; her rich, grainy vocals, sitting midpoint between Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples have never sounded so forceful, and her songwriting, in the context of a divided America, transmits a sense of solidarity and hope throughout. Produced by Will Kimbrough, the opener Clotilda’s On Fire tells the story of America’s last slave ship, over fearsome guitar-playing by Jason Isbell; the closer Love Song sees daughter pay affectionate tribute to her father Johnny Copeland on his Texas blues. Walk Until I Ride, an impassioned BLM protest in the style of The Staple Singers and the thoughtful title track – a soulful folk address with mandolin, dobro and Hammond B3 – provide more highlights on this career best.