Saturday 9 June 2018
British blues rock guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor has been a force to reckoned with on the blues scene for half her life: she was discovered at age 16. Growing up in England’s Black Country, she was inspired in her early teens to play the blues after hearing musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. When Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame heard her play, he invited her to go on tour with his supergroup, D.U.P, in Europe. Shaw Taylor released her first album White Sugar in 2009, mixing rock riffs with blues influences. In the following years she saw several of her albums reach the Top 10 of the US Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart and won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards more than once. She broke the notoriously hard-to-crack US market and in the process, beat the stereotypes of her age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Her latest album, Wild, was released in 2016.