Album cover artwork for Uncivil War by Shemekia CopelandFusing her blues roots with R&B and American folk, must-be-heard singer-songwriter Shemekia Copeland continues to address contemporary life in America through the eyes of a black woman who is calling for change and unity.

Supported by musicians that include Jerry Douglas (dobro) and guitarists Jason Isbell and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Copeland reinterprets Mick Jagger’s offensively sexist lyrics on The Rolling Stones’ Under My Thumb in which he compares a woman to a ‘pet’, a ‘Siamese cat’ and a ‘squirming dog’; the song ends up about a woman of colour overcoming oppression.

Elsewhere on the title track she sings: “Same old wounds we opened before, nobody wins an uncivil war.”

Uncivil War by Shemekia Copeland is out now via Alligator.

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