The Soul Truth

Shemekia Copeland

The Soul Truth


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1. Breakin’ Out 3:32
2. Who Stole My Radio? 3:57
3. Poor, Poor Excuse 3:01
4. All About You 4:14
5. Better Not Touch 3:24
6. Strong Enough 5:57
7. You Can’t Have That 3:49
8. Uptown Line 5:53
9. Givin’ Up You 3:25
10. Used 3:54
11. Honey Do That Voo-Doo 3:11
12. Something Heavy 3:16

Produced by Steve Cropper
Recorded by Eddie Gore at Insomnia Studios, assisted by Steve Cropper
Mixed by Eddie Gore and Steve Cropper at Insomnia Studios
Mastered by Eric Conn at Independent Mastering, LLC, assisted by Don Cobb
Photos by Larry Busacca
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Alligator logo by Michael Trossman

This CD is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Jessie Rae Baker.

Shemekia Copeland would like to thank Steve Cropper, John Hahn, Sandra Copeland (my best friend), Phyllis Edwards and the whole Edwards clan, Cindi Hahn, Angel Cropper, Garry Buck, Ron Kaplan and everyone at Monterey International, Bruce Iglauer and the team at Alligator Records, Beverly Howell, Arthur Neilson, Damon DueWhite, Kevin Jenkins, Jeremy Baum, Helen B., Damon Eppley, Gaetano Lattanzi, Blackie and Red, Joe Hudson, Orlando Wright and as always my dad, Johnny Clyde Copeland.

Steve Cropper would like to thank Dobie Gray, Chuck Leavell, Felix Cavaliere, Reggie Wooten and The Muscle Shoals Horns for their guest appearances. Dobie Gray appears courtesy of Dobie Gray Productions.

Shemekia Copeland endorses and uses Shure Microphones exclusively.

Shemekia is booked by Monterey International
Phone: 312-640-7500, E-mail: garry@montereyinternational.net

1. Breakin' Out 3:32
(Hahn & Cropper, Midnight Hour Music/
Avarice And Greed Publishing, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar
David Santos Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Tom Roady Percussion
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone
Sax and Tenor Solo
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet

2. Who Stole My Radio? 3:57
(Hahn & Hudson, Avarice And Greed Publishing, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar and solo
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
David Santos Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Tom Roady Percussion
Mark Williams and N-Nandi Bryant Background Vocals
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet
Original horn arrangement
by Joe Hudson

3. Poor, Poor Excuse 3:01
(Hahn & Cropper, Midnight Hour Music/
Avarice And Greed Publishing, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Felix Cavaliere Organ
Eddie Gore Piano
David Santos Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Mark Williams, N-Nandi Bryant and Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax and Tenor Solo
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet

4. All About You 4:14
(Hahn, Copeland & Hudson, Avarice And
Greed Publishing/Shemekia Music, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar
Felix Cavaliere Organ
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
David Santos Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone
Sax and Tenor Solo
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose, Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet
Original Horn Arrangement
by Joe Hudson

5. Better Not Touch 3:24
(Hahn & Nicholson, Avarice And Greed Publishing,
BMI/Gary Nicholson Music admin. By Sony/ATV
Music Publishing, ASCAP)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar
Reggie Wooten Guitar
Carl Marsh Organ
Shake Anderson Bass
Chester Thompson Drums
Mark Williams and N-Nandi Bryant Background Vocals
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone
Sax and Tenor Solo
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet

6. Strong Enough 5:57
(James & Smith, Fred James Music, BMI/
Love My Music/Rick Hall Music, ASCAP)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar
Felix Cavaliere Organ
Shake Anderson Bass
Chester Thompson Drums
Mark Williams, N-Nandi Bryant and
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone
Sax and Tenor Solo
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet

7. You Can't Have That 3:49
(Anderson & Hambridge, Tom Hambridge Tunes,
ASCAP/Stairway To Biitner's/Windswept Pacific, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar
Bob Britt Guitar
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
Shake Anderson Bass
Chester Thompson Drums
Tom Hambridge, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland, Mark Williams and N-Nandi Bryant Background Vocals
Jim Horn Tenor Sax

8. Uptown Line 5:53
(Hahn & King, Avarice And Greed Publishing/
Young Blues Rebel Music, BMI)
Bob Britt Guitar, Slide Guitar and solo
Steve Cropper Electric Sitar
Carl Marsh Synthesizer
John Billings Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Tom Roady Percussion

9. Givin' Up You 3:25
(Hahn & Cropper, Midnight Hour Music/
Avarice And Greed Publishing, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar and solo
Eddie Gore Organ
David Santos Bass
Steve Potts Drums
Tom Roady Shakers
Horns arranged by Jim Horn:
Jim Horn Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax
Harvey Thompson Tenor Sax
Charles Rose Trombone
Steve Patric Trumpet

10. Used 3:54
(Bramlett, Slater & House, Irving Music, Inc.,
Miss Ivy Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publ. Corp.,
Green Ivy Music, King James House Music,
Purple Cape Music, BMI)
Dobie Gray Duet Vocal
Bob Britt Guitar
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
Carl Marsh Synthesizer
Shake Anderson Bass
Chester Thompson Drums

11. Honey Do That Voo-Doo 3:11
(Cropper, Midnight Hour Music, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar and solo
Bob Britt Guitar
Reggie Wooten Guitar
Eddie Gore Organ
Shake Anderson Bass
Chester Thompson Drums
Tom Roady Percussion
Jim Horn Bass Sax

12. Something Heavy 3:16
(Hinton, Eddie Hinton Music, BMI)
Steve Cropper Guitar