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Album: America's Child *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ain't Got Time for Hate More Info...
2)    Americans More Info...
3)    Would You Take My Blood More Info...
4)    Great Rain More Info...
5)    Smoked Ham and Peaches More Info...
6)    The Wrong Idea More Info...
7)    Promised Myself More Info...
8)    In the Blood of the Blues More Info...
9)    Such a Pretty Flame More Info...
10)    One I Love More Info...
11)    I'm Not Like Everybody Else More Info...
12)    Go to Sleepy Little Baby More Info...
 

Album: America's Child *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ain't Got Time for Hate More Info...
2)    Americans More Info...
3)    Would You Take My Blood More Info...
4)    Great Rain More Info...
5)    Smoked Ham and Peaches More Info...
6)    The Wrong Idea More Info...
7)    Promised Myself More Info...
8)    In the Blood of the Blues More Info...
9)    Such a Pretty Flame More Info...
10)    One I Love More Info...
11)    I'm Not Like Everybody Else More Info...
12)    Go to Sleepy Little Baby More Info...
 
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  • Audio Mixer: Sean Sullivan .
  • Recording information: Butcher Shoppe, Nashville, TN.
  • Photographer: Mike White.
  • 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
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