It’s the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, so I thought I’d focus on one of my favourite subjects: Guitars. Care to join me?
Joanne Shaw Taylor
We’re kind of in the “Girl Power” section of this month’s challenge. Love it!
What is it about the British Isles that it has given birth to so many good blues artists? Born in Wednesbury in the West Midlands of England, Joanne Shaw Taylor started playing the blues as a teenager after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix – no arguing with the girl’s taste in music. Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame heard her play when she was 16 and invited her to tour with his band. Nice Sweet Sixteen party, eh?
I heard her debut album, “White Sugar”, not long after it was released in 2009, courtesy of The BluesMobile radio show. She hasn’t looked back. She currently has five CDs available, the latest being “The Dirty Truth.” She may be young in her career, but the girl has blues chops to fly with and a down and gritty style that is one part Bonnie Raitt, one part Susan Tedeschi and one part Stevie Ray Vaughn with a smattering of George Thorogood thrown in for good measure. JST flat out rocks.
She splits her time between her home in Birmingham, England and Detroit, Michigan. If you get a chance to hear her play live, don’t miss it, and please tell me how it is. I haven’t had a chance to hear her perform live yet, but it’s on my list.