The guitarist Joe Bonamassa has no doubt about it: “Joanne is a future superstar!” Other big fans of the 31-year-old singer-guitarist on either side of the Atlantic include Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Mayall. The latest jewel in blues rock grew up in the Black Country, in the West Midlands near Birmingham, the home of Tolkien and also some of the most rundown industrial areas in the UK. She was spotted at the age of 16 by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics). These are some of the chaperones of Joanne Shaw Taylor, who was voted “Best UK Singer” at the British Blues Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2015. In fact, the grainy, powerful and soulful voice of “White Sugar” (from the name of her first album, released in 2009) is part of a direct inheritance from Maggie Bell (from the 1970s Scottish band Stone the Crows) and the legendary Janis Joplin. And how could you describe her fluid and saturated guitar style, as dense as the forests in Cannock Chase District? On her Gibson Les Paul, Joanne recalls in turn the flamboyance of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the old-style power of Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top). In late 2016, the follow up to “The Dirty Truth” (recorded in Memphis by Jim Gaines), was finally released: “Wild”, our Brummie’s rock-solid sixth album.
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