“I have played with all sorts of blues
musicians all over the world, I even made a film, ‘Deep Blues’, where I
went to Mississippi and recorded some legendary players such as R.L
Burnside. Last year I heard something I thought I would never hear....a
British White Girl playing blues guitar so deep and passionately it made
the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end!"
When Dave Stewart had his big experience,
Joanne Shaw Taylor was only 16. Her skills at the Telecaster were
so perfect that the blues fan and Eurythmics-frontman asked her to join
his supergroup D.U.P. to tour Europe in 2002. She was also
offered a record contract but the label went bust.
Today Joanne is 23 and happy about the fact
that she took her time with the recording debut -‘White Sugar’,
recorded in the Memphis studio of Jim Gaines. Jim had worked with
some of Joanne’s idols like Albert Collins and Stevie Ray
The power trio – that’s the kind of band
which suits Joanne Shaw Taylor- whether its back home in the clubs of
Birmingham or on stage at festivals.
When Joanne was a little schoolgirl, she
was caught by the rough side of the blues: "As soon as I heard SRV
and Albert Collins I knew pretty much that I wanted to do that full
stop. That was the lifestyle route that I was goin.. to go down. It was
never a hobby. It was always very serious and dedicated to it."
is the proof. The confident and young British woman keeps the traditions
of her idols but she is going her own way. With her record debut she
demonstrates her talent with ten songs that she has written herself.
Playing the hard stuff à la SRV, making us feel the bite of her
Telecaster just like Albert Collins did or working out charming little
riffs from the Jimi Hendrix book - Joanne is always seeking - and
finding - new terrain.
Funky shuffles, soulful ballads or the
hypnotic hookline of the title track, a burning instrumental, she
presents her craft powerfully. She can be proud of her first album.
"She’s my pride & joy...", SRV once sang. Her fans will be proud of