“Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman… devastatingly powerful. She’s a great singer, period.” --Chicago Sun-Times
“Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.” --USA Today
Groundbreaking vocalist Shemekia Copeland will celebrate the release of her new Alligator Records album, Outskirts Of Love, with a live performance on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at The Paramount in Huntington.
With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, the two-time Grammy-nominee’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.
Copeland, who recently received the Living Blues Award for Blues Artist Of The Year (Female), returns to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love (she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006). The album finds her at her most charismatic, performing blues, roots rock and Americana with power and authority, nuance and shading. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, Outskirts Of Love is a musical tour-de-force with four fresh new originals and thrilling interpretations of songs originally recorded by Solomon Burke, Jesse Winchester, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, Albert King, Jessie Mae Hemphill and her father, legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. Guests including Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough and Pete Finney all add their talent with unbridled enthusiasm. The result is the most decidedly contemporary and musically adventurous album of Copeland's still-evolving career.
With Outskirts Of Love and a packed tour schedule, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future as she continues to break new musical ground. "I want to keep growing, to be innovative," she says. "I'm a lifer, singing about things that are important to me, using my music to help people. My dad always said 'we're all connected.' I'm an old soul marching to the beat of my own drum," she continues, "And right now I'm making the most exciting music of my career."
Concert information is below:
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Venue: The Paramount
Address: 370 New York Ave.
City: Huntington, NY
Ticket price: $25-$65
*Also appearing: The Robert Cray Band
*See website for detailed ticket information
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