ALBUM REVIEW: Shemekia Copeland “Outskirts of Love”

Outskirts of LoveShemekia Copeland is one of the up and coming female stars of the blues genre and her latest release, Outskirts of Love, proves that she means business.

Copeland is a storyteller and on the opening track, “Outskirts of Love”, she sings about multiple characters in certain situations outside of love. She describes a woman still dressed to the nines in her wedding dress, waiting at a bus stop with her suitcase after pawning her wedding ring to a young girl waiting for her mother to be finished prostituting her herself to a man inside a hotel room.

The “Devil’s Hand” is your classic, blues jam — it showcases her soulful, more bluesy side of lyricism, vocals, and guitar. “Woke up early one morning / Saw the devil playin’ his hand / You know he wrecked my life / Just like a hurricane / When you’re playing with the devil / Don’t you know you’re playin’ a losin’ hand / ‘Cause cheatin’ is all that the devil understands / Please Mr. Devil / Go back where you belong…”
Copeland even brings country to her traditional blues sound on “Drivin’ Out of Nashville” where she sings about traveling to Nashville to become a huge music star and leaving music capital with “a body in the trunk.” It is definitely a different side of Copeland, definitely applaud her for trying something out of her comfort zone, but the blues are absolutely her genre, and where she most excels.

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