Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Joanne Shaw Taylor was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16 who, having watched her play, immediately invited her on the road with his supergroup D.U.P. – a career in music was born and in the proceeding years, her incredible guitar playing saw her build an army of plaudits including Jimmy Cliff, Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Wonder and Annie Lennox.
Still only in her 30’s, she has become one of the most sought-after guitarists in the world of rock. She released her first album on Ruf Records entitled White Sugar (2009), unleashing her distinct soulful voice on the world, and demonstrating a song writing prowess way beyond her years – the world of blues rock had a new star! Over the next few years, she released critically acclaimed albums including her sophomore album Diamonds In The Dirt (2010), Almost Always Never (2012) which featured the UK radio hit Soul Station, plus her final album for Ruf Records – the live album Songs From The Road (2013).
In 2014 she released her fourth studio album The Dirty Truth on Axehouse Records that featured the singles Mud, Honey, and Wicked Soul. In 2016, Joanne followed up with the release of her fifth album Wild (Produced by Kevin Shirley) which saw her perform songs Dyin’ To Know and Summertime on BBC Two Television’s popular music show Later With Jools Holland. Three years later, in 2019 she signed to Silvertone Records via Sony Music and released her sixth studio album, Reckless Heart.
Over the past two decades, Joanne has proven herself as a prolific songwriter, releasing seven acclaimed albums under her belt, each increasingly more successful with her 2019 Reckless Heart breaking into the UK Top 20 Album Chart and cementing herself as one of the most important exports in British blues-rock.
Her seventh studio album The Blues Album, produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Oceanway Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, was released on Bonamassa’s independent record label KTBA Records on September 24, 2021. The album topped Billboard Magazine’s Official Blues Album Chart. The album was also voted #1 Most Played Album of 2021 by the British Blues Broadcaster’s Association. The album received across-the-board rave reviews worldwide.
On June 10, 2022, Joanne released the live album and concert film Blues From The Heart Live. Filmed and recorded at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee., the special concert film, and album includes sixteen tracks and features incredible guest performances from Shepherd, Mike Farris, and Joe Bonamassa. The live album features a special guest performance from Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The album topped Billboard Magazine’s Official Blues Chart.
In June 2022, Joanne entered the studio with Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at the production helm, to record a new studio album that will be released in October 2022.