Shemekia Copeland

America's Child

America's Child
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Shemekia stakes her claim as a riveting Americana singer of striking authenticity on this album produced by genre champion Will Kimbrough.  Eight new songs from Mary Gauthier, Kimbrough and more, plus brilliant versions of John Prine’s “Great Rain” (a duet with Prine), The Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” Johnny Copeland’s “Promised Myself” and the traditional ballad “Go To Sleepy Little Baby.”  Rhianna Giddens, Steve Cropper, Emmylou Harris and more guest.  Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong –Rolling Stone

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Produced by Will Kimbrough
Executive Producer: John Hahn
Recorded and mixed by Sean Sullivan at the Butcher Shoppe, Nashvill...
Produced by Will Kimbrough
Executive Producer: John Hahn
Recorded and mixed by Sean Sullivan at the Butcher Shoppe, Nashville, TN
Additional recording by Will Kimbrough and Stathis Kalyviotis
Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master, Nashville, TN
Cover photo by Kevin Cook, KCC Photography
Additional photos by Mike White
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec

Thanks to Brian Schultz, Johnny Lee, Sandra Copeland, Cindi Hahn, Tory Edwards, Phyllis Edwards, Fran Digel, Amy Brat, Garry Buck, Ron Kaplan, Lori Mulderink, Betsy Kopczynski, Oliver Wood, Kevin Gordon, Randi Tolbert, Arthur Neilson, Willie Scandlyn, Kevin Jenkins, Robin Gould, Willie Morrison, Truman Morrison, Judge Morrison, Stathis Kalyviotis, Kristi Stassinopoulou, Barbara Newman, Jessica Kimbrough, Tom Marker, V.G.Jairam, Blackie and Red, Michael Cloeren, Toywa Currington, and, as always, my dad, Johnny Clyde.
 
Special thanks to Bill Fitzgerald and FitzGerald’s  Roadhouse, Berwyn, IL.

Also special thanks to Fiona Prine, Patrick McAuliff, Bruce Iglauer, Tim Kolleth, Marc Lipkin and  everyone at Alligator Records.

Humongous thanks to Will Kimbrough, Mary Gauthier, John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, John Hahn and all the artists who appeared on this record.

This record is dedicated to the memory of Al Carlson

Shemekia asks that you support abused women through Thistle Farms: thistlefarms.org

John Prine appears courtesy of Oh Boy Records

Management: John Hahn Management, (212)580-5722, jhahn4@gmail.com

Booking: Patrick McAuliff, Paradigm Talent Agency, (312)640-7500, patrick@paradigmagency.com


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Liner Notes

1. Ain’t Got Time for Hate
(John Hahn & Will Kimbrough, Avarice and Greed Publ./Will Kimbrough Music, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough
Pedal Steel Guitar: Al Perkins
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
Harmonica: J.D. Wilkes
Background Vocals: Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Will Kimbrough, Gretchen Peters, John Prine, Katie Pruitt, Kristi Stassinopoulou and Tommy Womack
 
2. Americans 
(Mary Gauthier & John Hahn, Mary Gauthier Songs, ASCAP/Avarice and Greed Publ., BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Guitar, Organ: Will Kimbrough
Pedal Steel Guitar: Paul Franklin
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
Background Vocals: Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris and Katie Pruitt
 
3. Would You Take My Blood?
(John Hahn & Will Kimbrough, Avarice and Greed Publ./Will Kimbrough Music, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Guitar, Organ: Will Kimbrough
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
4. Great Rain 
(John Prine & Michael Campbell, Weona Music/Downtown DMP Songs, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland and special guest John Prine
Lead Guitar, Organ: Will Kimbrough
Guitar: Al Perkins
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
5. Smoked Ham And Peaches
(Mary Gauthier & John Hahn, Mary Gauthier Songs, ASCAP/Avarice and Greed Publ., BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
National Guitar: Will Kimbrough
African Banjo: Rhiannon Giddens
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott

6. The Wrong Idea 
(John Hahn, Willie Morrison, Truman Morrison, Kevin Nolan & Matt Nolan, Avarice and Greed Publ./ The Morrison Brothers Band Music, BMI)  

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar, Organ: Will Kimbrough
Fiddle: Kenny Sears
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
Background Vocals: Lisa Oliver Gray and Shemekia Copeland
 
7. Promised Myself 
(Johnny Clyde Copeland, JoClyde Music, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Steve Cropper
Guitar, Organ: Will Kimbrough
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
8. In The Blood Of The Blues
(Terry Abrahamson & Derrick Procell, Rolling Fork Music/Saw Rite Music, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
9. Such A Pretty Flame 
(John Hahn & Oliver Wood, Avarice and Greed Publ./Royal Kook Music, BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough
Pedal Steel Guitar: Al Perkins
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
10. One I Love 
(Kevin Gordon & Gwil Owen, Little Rain Music/Turgid Tunes, BMI)

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough
Harmonica: J.D. Wilkes
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
11. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
(Ray Davies, Abkco Music, Inc./Unichappell Music, Inc., BMI) 

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough
Bass: Lex Price
Drums: Pete Abbott
 
12. Go To Sleepy Little Baby
(Traditional)

Vocals: Shemekia Copeland
Lead Guitar: Will Kimbrough

 

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    Track Name Duration  
Play Song 1 Ain’t Got Time for Hate
Author/Publisher:  John Hahn & Will Kimbrough, Avarice and Greed Publ./Will Kimbrough Music, BMI
4:23
Play Song 2 Americans
Author/Publisher:  Mary Gauthier & John Hahn, Mary Gauthier Songs, ASCAP/Avarice and Greed Publ., BMI
3:53
Play Song 3 Would You Take My Blood?
Author/Publisher:  John Hahn & Will Kimbrough, Avarice and Greed Publ./Will Kimbrough Music, BMI
3:49
Play Song 4 Great Rain
Artist(s):  04 Great Rain.mp3
Author/Publisher:  John Prine & Michael Campbell, Weona Music/Downtown DMP Songs, BMI
4:49
Play Song 5 Smoked Ham And Peaches
Author/Publisher:  Mary Gauthier & John Hahn, Mary Gauthier Songs, ASCAP/Avarice and Greed Publ., BMI
4:37
Play Song 6 The Wrong Idea
Author/Publisher:  John Hahn, Willie Morrison, Truman Morrison, Kevin Nolan & Matt Nolan, Avarice and Greed Publ./ The Morrison Brothers Band Music, BMI
4:07
Play Song 7 Promised Myself
Author/Publisher:  Johnny Clyde Copeland, JoClyde Music, BMI
5:28
Play Song 8 In The Blood Of The Blues
Author/Publisher:  Terry Abrahamson & Derrick Procell, Rolling Fork Music/Saw Rite Music, BMI
4:54
Play Song 9 Such A Pretty Flame
Author/Publisher:  John Hahn & Oliver Wood, Avarice and Greed Publ./Royal Kook Music, BMI
4:37
Play Song 10 One I Love
Author/Publisher:  Kevin Gordon & Gwil Owen, Little Rain Music/Turgid Tunes, BMI
2:56
Play Song 11 I’m Not Like Everybody Else
Artist(s):  11 I'm Not Like Everybody Else.mp3
Author/Publisher:  Ray Davies, Abkco Music, Inc./Unichappell Music, Inc., BMI
4:19
Play Song 12 Go To Sleepy Little Baby
Author/Publisher:  Traditional
1:56
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