Nov 30, 2018 | 8:30 PM | Friday

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Shemekia Copeland in the Garage Rain/Shine or Snow

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Titling an album America's Child in 2018 can't help but feel like a political move and,
sure enough, Shemekia Copeland doesn't shy away from a statement on this, her
eighth album. Copeland isn't interested in taking sides, per se. Instead, Copeland uses
erica's Child as a salute to how weird, wild, and wondrous America is at its best.
Fittingly for an album whose aesthetic sees no borders, America's Child casts its net
wide sonically, finding room for a number of rootsy sounds and a host of cameos.
g with producer Will Kimbrough, Copeland invites Rhiannon Giddens to play
banjo on "Smoked Ham and Peaches," duets with John Prine on a new version of his
old tune "Great Rain," sings harmony with Emmylou Harris, and is supported by a band
that occasionall
y features guitarist Steve Cropper and members of the Time. Despite
all of these stars, America's Child remains focused on Shemekia Copeland herself, who
provides a powerful yet nuanced center for the album. It's not just that her singing is
soulful and su
pple; it's how she views blues as a living, breathing art form, not a static
sound. Chalk that up in part to the Americana twang that surfaces throughout the
album, but America's Child also finds room for allusions to African music, swampy
rock, the Britis
h Invasion, and sweaty soul. More importantly, Shemekia Copeland
pushes empathy and understanding to the forefront of her record, all the while
sounding defiant and strong. Consequently, America's Child doesn't simply address the
tumult in 2018 America, it
stands as a vital statement of purpose from a modern blues
singer who is beginning to hit her stride. - AllMusic

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