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Shemekia Copeland - America`s Child (2018)

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01. Ain't Got Time For Hate
02. Americans
03. Would You Take My Blood?
04. Great Rain
05. Smoked Ham And Peaches
06. The Wrong Idea
07. Promised Myself
08. In The Blood Of The Blues
09. Such A Pretty Flame
10. One I Love
11. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
12. Go To Sleepy Little Baby

Shemekia Copeland - Vocals, Vocals (Background) 
Pete Abbott - Drums 
Steve Cropper - Guitar
Paul Franklin - Pedal Steel Guitar
Mary Gauthier - Vocals (Background)
Rhiannon Giddens - Banjo
Lisa Oliver Gray - Vocals (Background)
Emmylou Harris - Vocals (Background) 
Will Kimbrough - Guitar, National Steel Guitar, Organ, Vocals (Background) 
Al Perkins 	Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Gretchen Peters - Vocals (Background)
Lex Price - Bass
John Prine - Vocals (Background)
Katie Pruitt - Vocals (Background)
Kenny Sears - Fiddle
Kristi Stassinopoulou - Vocals (Background) 
J.D. Wilkes - Harmonica
Tommy Womack - Vocals (Background) 

 

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 America'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. Working 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 occasionally 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 supple; 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 British 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. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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