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Outskirts of Love

Outskirts of Love

by Shemekia Copeland Shemekia Copeland
Outskirts of Love

Outskirts of Love

by Shemekia Copeland Shemekia Copeland


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Shemekia Copeland had the advantage of good genes and a strong family name early in her career as the daughter of top-shelf blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, but 17 years after she cut her debut album, she's established that she can more than get by on her own talent and reputation, and 2015's Outskirts of Love (which finds her returning to Alligator Records after a pair of albums for Telarc) shows once again she's one of the strongest and most capable vocalists in the contemporary blues game. Copeland has a solid, expressive voice with plenty of power, she knows how to sell a song without an excess of melodrama, and with producer and songwriter Oliver Wood she's found a creative partnership that serves both sides well. Wood's tunes are well suited to Copeland's fearless persona, from the story of one woman's well-earned revenge in "Crossbone Beach" to the wild and woolly misadventures of "Drivin' Out of Nashville" (where she reminds us "country music ain't nothin' but the blues with a twang"), and the studio band (with Wood on guitar) cooks up a solid groove behind her, with guest shots from Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who sits in on a cover of his group's 1973 hit "Jesus Just Left Chicago." Copeland also shows off her sure hand with covers on her interpretations of Jesse Winchester's "Isn't That So," John Fogerty's "Long as I Can See the Light," and Albert King's "Wrapped Up in Love Again," and while Copeland respects the essence of the originals, she can bring her own personality to each number and give it life. Shemekia Copeland is one vocalist who can cut a straightforward blues set in the 21st century and still make it sound fresh and exciting, and Outskirts of Love captures her at the top of her game, young enough to still pack a wallop and experienced enough to know just what her music needs.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551496625
catalogNumber: 4966
Rank: 177628


  1. Outskirts of Love
  2. Crossbone Beach
  3. Devil's Hand
  4. The Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On)
  5. Cardboard Box
  6. Drivin' Out of Nashville
  7. I Feel a Sin Coming On
  8. Isn't That So
  9. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  10. Long As I Can See the Light
  11. Wrapped Up in Love Again
  12. Lord, Help the Poor and Needy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shemekia Copeland   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy Gibbons   Guitar
Arthur Neilson   Guitar
Mike Poole   Percussion
Oliver Wood   Guitar,Background Vocals
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Guitar,Vocals
Will Kimbrough   Guitar
Eric Fritsch   Organ
Matt Glassmeyer   Horn
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Robert Randolph   Steel Guitar
Lex Price   Bass
Jano Rix   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Guthrie Trapp   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
John Hahn   Composer,Executive Producer
Frank Beard   Composer
Johnny Copeland   Composer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Maurice Rodgers   Composer
Oliver Wood   Composer,Producer
Orville Couch   Composer
Eric Fritsch   Engineer
Eddie McDuff   Composer
Jerry Winn   Composer
Scott Bomar   Engineer
Gary L. Moon   Engineer
Ian Siegal   Composer
V.D. King   Engineer
Joe Michael Hill   Composer
Jessie Mae Brooks   Composer
Sean Quackenbush   Engineer
Brand Bell   Engineer

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